I gave my paper presentation this morning. It was very well received, from what I can tell; several people whose opinions I respect came up and told me that it had gotten them thinking, which is precisely what I was after. And by happy coincidence, the paper the followed mine meshed almost perfectly; my discussion motivated their application in a way that was most gratifying. Quite a few other interesting things went on around and about the conference today as well; it's been a fascinating time.
Re: the service at the Red Robin across the street from the hotel--Wednesday, about twenty or thirty people from the conference trooped over there for lunch, because it was close. Today, without any discussion at all, so far as I could see, approximately the same group trooped over there again. Usually most folks at these conferences try to hit as many restaurants as they can.
This evening is going to interesting...because Jimmy Buffet is performing at a sports arena called the Rose Garden tonight, and this hotel is pretty much the nearest place to stay. There are people all over the hotel wearing leis, and multi-colored grass skirts, and I saw one guy wearing a papier-mache parrot hat on his head. Sure, it's quite enough now...but I'm worried what it's going to be like after midnight.