Day 1 in Denver: #alamw18

9 Feb

I dropped Lucy at Sniff Dog Hotel Wednesday evening, then went home to pack my bags. I had to get up before the birds Thursday – the 7:58 a.m. flight I booked a few months ago had been changed to a 5:15 a.m. flight. But, the universe was shining down on me, despite the early hour. There was no line at the check-in counter and the security screening line was quick. My flight departed on time and we actually arrived 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

I took the train from the airport to Union Station, which was excellent value – $9 instead of a $60 taxi ride! I arrived at my hotel around 10, after a short walk from the station. I planned to ask the Hyatt Regency if I could drop my bag until check-in time later in the afternoon, but they anticipated people arriving early and I got my room! I dropped my bags and went out to explore a little bit of Denver.

I’d scoped out a few places I wanted to see near the hotel. My first stop was the only yarn shop downtown, called The Yarn Shoppe! I had a nice chat with the woman behind the counter. I was a bit hungry, so stopped by Five on Black, where I had a delicious bowl.

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The next few days promises a lot of sitting, and I want to be sure I eat healthy food before we open the snack containers during our meetings and discussions.

Refreshed and energized, I walked to the Tattered Cover Book Store. It was just a browsing visit, but well worth stopping by.

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I was starting to feel weary and decided to head back to the hotel for a nap before meeting my committee colleagues for dinner. I simply HAD to stop at the The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Denver Branch. It was a small but very interesting place to stop. I took a bag of money as a a souvenir.

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According to what I read at the museum, this Denver branch shreds 320,000 bank notes EVERY DAY! I guess that’s why they give these bags away as free souvenirs.

Back at the hotel, I took a short nap. Here is the view from my window. You can see the mountains in the distance and the Convention Center, only one block away. I am looking forward to meeting the bear tomorrow when I pick up my badge first thing in the morning.

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The nine Sibert Committee members met for dinner at a marvelous restaurant called Rioja. Our chair made the reservation here because the restaurant came highly recommended, but also because the executive chef is a woman. Here is my plate: grilled lamb loin, pomegranate-black truffle risotto, Brussels sprouts, black trumpet mushrooms, pomegranate molasses 

 

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The meal was delicious and it was wonderful to talk with the other committee members in anticipation of the discussions we will have tomorrow.

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