Held at the local Plaza convention center and hotel, I expected it to be a bit on the swanky side. I met the fella at the hotel at the end of his meeting and was introduced to too many people for me to even recall. The hotel had been remodeled within the last few years, so it was nice to see how it had changed since I'd been there last.
Our buffet style dinner was actually pretty good. While I wasn't a fan of the fish or chicken, I did enjoy the salad and the vegetables quite a bit. Conversation was easy since we sat close to a local university professor who was more than happy to share war stories with me as we ate. I think the fella appreciated that we chattered away because that took the pressure off of him to make small talk with strangers. (He's not really a small-talk kind of guy.)
Before we left, I told him we needed to take a selfie in the lobby of the hotel in front of their Christmas tree. He was agreeable because he knew resistance was futile. The sweet reception area worker was kind enough to offer to take our pic, so we actually have one of us that isn't a selfie. Woohoo!