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After spending a good part of yesterday walking through empty conference buildings, today went much better.  I was able haul my display across the street to the conference center and get it set up in our room. I’ll be sharing the space with reps from Zondervan, Catholic Word and Image Books.

Our Booth

I’m a sucker for tech gadgets but somehow have avoided upgrading my Blackberry to something cool for several years. At this conference I saw a great invention that should be appreciated by anyone who has to do data entry of contacts after trade shows. Leadkey produces a barcode scanner the size of a USB stick that an exhibitor uses to scan the barcodes on attendees’ name tags and then automatically uploads all the data to a database that the user can download as a spreadsheet or pdf. Very cool.

LeadKey

While this LeadKey is a cool new piece of technology, this picture is a tribute to old tech:

Any idea what this was?

I was able to get our booth set up and then went down to the main show floor to see how setup was going there. This place is huge and some of the vendors must spend thousands of dollars on their booths. Not to mention how much it must cost to ship them and set them up.

ICRS Show Floor During Setup

ICRS Show Floor

 

Outside the conference center are these neat bus stop stations. They remind me of the organic subway stops in Paris and Denver.

Orlando Bus Stop

In the evening I went to Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of the Universe. The church is a classic basilica style with gorgeous stained glass windows and oil paintings of the Stations of the Cross.

Queen of the Universe Shrine

The three doors at the shrine are bronze reliefs reminiscent of the doors in Florence. The left door (here) is for the Old Testament. The mosaic is of Abraham and the figures on top of the door are Old Testament prophets.

On my way back from Mass I saw a sign for the Passage to India Restaurant in a strip mall and decided to take a chance. It turns out the the restaurant is a local legend that has been written up in Zagat and has received several other awards for its food. My waiter had an Irish accent but didn’t seem to understand me when I told him I liked spicy food. The dinner was good but I’m not for “mild” food.

Dinner at Passage to India Restaurant

 

More tomorrow!

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Fran
Fran

I have a nifty scanner wand that I wish I had thought to lend you. You can copy anything in it and it automatically saves the data on a mini SD card. It isn't as small as the LeadKey, though. How's the conference going?

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