Morning Meanderings… Going to BEA and Roomies in Da House…. errr… Hotel!
As you may remember, the last few weeks I have been looking for a roommate for BEA (Book Expo America). This year none of my roomies of the past years are attending, and I think the roommate piece can be one of the hardest parts of going to BEA.
First I have to put out there on-line that I am looking for a roommate…. (muy awkward!) Maybe it’s because I am from central Minnesota, but it always takes me some time to put out on twitter and on the blog that I am looking for a roommate. I remember the first year I went to BEA and I was telling my friend about my three roommates, none of who I had ever met. She looked at me like I was a little crazy…. our conversation went something like this…
Friend: SO…. you don’t know any of these book bloggers you are staying with in New York.
Me: Well, I read their blogs…. and I have seen their pictures. And we have emailed back and forth.
Friend: Uh… huh. SO….. how do you know they are who they say they are?
Me: What do you mean?
Friend: Well… what if one of them is a dude?
Me: WHAT? That won’t happen. Seriously these are long time bloggers.
Friend: But what if say “Bookalicious Blogger” (fictional blog name I think – if not I apologize) is really a big guy named Mack?
Me: …………….. I know, I know… if things were reversed and if you told me that you were going to a state you had never been to before to room with people for a week that you have never met I would think you were nuts.
Anyhoo….. my roommates were AWESOME and there is one thing I have noticed every time I have gone to BEA (this is my 4th year), Book Bloggers are real. I have never met a book blogger yet that I have walked away thinking, “wow… they are so different on-line….” Nope. Everyone has been just like they write – if they are funny on the blog – they are funny in person. They are the most amazing group of people…
So enough on BEA past…. let’s go to BEA present…
After my final looking for a roommate post last week, stating my credentials (I am easy-going, house broken, do not shed, and promise not to take up a lot of space….) I received an email from Stacy from The Novel Life. She was also looking for a roommate and we had met each other in 2011 at a blogger dinner about 20 of us went to one night after an event.
“whew” I thought, I know her! That makes it so much easier.
About an hour later I received an email from Cindy from Cindy’s Love Of Books. She too was looking at the possibility of a roommate.
“Awesome” I thought, last year we were in the same hotel and we had laughed about how we kept running into each other. On our final evening in New York last year my roomies and Cindy’s roomies got together for dinner and hung out.
Then – as Cindy is going into New York earlier than Stacy and I, Cindy took the reins and went to planning. I won’t lay out all the details and the emails back and forth while we tried to decide on a place but I will say that Cindy put a lot of work looking into hotel rates vs. renting an apartment and finally we wound up right back where we were last year. It’s perfect. We know the hotel, we like the continental breakfast choices and it is close to the Javits Center.
Now that the hard part is over (I always get nervous about the booking, signing up for BEA registration (always afraid I am going to do it wrong and get there and I don’t have what I thought I did…, the hotel planning…. and then the flight). NOW I get to think of the fun part, seeing fellow bloggers that I enjoy getting together with, seeing the books, seeing authors I adore, publishing houses I work with, and new people I will meet. AND it is New York and Alison (Alison’s Book Marks) and I are already talking about taking in a show.
Can not wait!!!
what to wear.