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Preparing for CSM

Published January 24, 2012 10:18 AM by Toni Patt

In a little less than two weeks, I will be heading to Chicago for CSM. Almost everything is ready. I've received my registration mailing. I have my password to print handouts. The hotel room I reserved includes a computer. I will only have to pay for Internet use. That sure beats carrying my laptop with me. I'm staying where the shuttle will run so transportation shouldn't be too bad.

There is only one problem. I'm going to freeze. I've been monitoring the temperatures in Chicago. For the next few days the high will maybe reach 40 degrees. That's probably not too bad for the area. Here in Houston we've been running in the low 70s. I've been riding in a tee shirt. I don't even own any cold-weather clothes.

It just doesn't get that cold here. Sure we get a day or two of winter now and then. But it always warms back up. I just make do for a day or two with what I have. The only time I'm genuinely cold is during the January show. For some reason a northern front always comes through that weekend. This year it barely dipped into the 40s.

I noticed on the registration information there is a coat check area. What if I want to keep my coat with me? I can't imagine a giant convention hall is going to be well-heated. Looks like I'm going to have to pack extra layers and an indoor jacket just in case. I have thermals for when I ride. Those are definitely coming.

My blood is thin from the warmer weather. I probably ought to bring extra vitamin C as well. Something tells me I'm going to need it. I'm not going to complain when I get there; we're all going to be cold. I'll save the whining and complaining for here where I might get a little sympathy.

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