I’m home from yet another fun Keystone Conference and thought I’d share my feelings on this one.
The Good: The weather in Harrisburg PA was almost summer-like. The drive, both ways, was nice and it was great to go out each night with just a light jacket or sweater.
Once again, the nice people at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel treated us very well. I booked a room on the Club Floor, as I always do, because of the little perks available up there and it was fabulous as always.
Friends! Got to hang with my best event friend Dianne. She’s made a marvelous recovery from back surgery and was rocking the heels once again.
My Kim and I got to spend a lot of time with our newest friends, D and C! Wanted to bring them home with us and keep them forever .. haha! … but instead we’ll just look forward to seeing them again soon. (I’d love to post a pic of Dea and I here but will seek her permission before doing so. Update: ‘Permission Granted”!! Photo below)
And that hot chick from Kentucky was there. It was a pleasure, and fun, to hang with Barbara Ann again.
I got to see Scarlett, from Scarlett’s Makeovers, again. Should have had her do my makeup but I didn’t. But I got the word that Scarlett’s Maine Event is on again this September. But more on that in another post.
The conference lunches in the ballrooms each day were fabulous. They just get better every year.
The dinner restaurant selection was excellent and the transportation to and from the various restaurants was wonderful. Carrabbas Italian Grill in Mechanicsburg, watchng the thoroughbred’s race while dining at Mountainview Restaurant at Hollywood Racetrack and Casino, and gourmet pizza at Bricco … enjoyed them all.
The Not So Good; Keynote speakers each day were almost intolerable for someone like me. Who do they think they’re talking to?
US politics was on everyone’s mind and discussing it was unavoidable. I understand the passion, but not the presumption that everyone there is bend in the same direction.
That feminization lady from New York (I won’t mention her name), who I had spoke so highly of in the past, was snotty to me. It appears we’ve gone from being on a first name basis to completely voiding eye contact. I can only assume it’s because I’m not viewed as a potential revenue source. Oh well. Everyone comes out of her makeup sessions looking like clones anyway. haha!
In Conclusion: I’ll very likely go again next year, but I suppose it depends on if my friends will be there. As much as I love this conference, I’m starting to feel as though this event, like most of the others, needs to work harder for someone like me if they hope to continue receiving my registration fees.
I need a keynote speaker to stand up there and tell us, without being patronizing, that it’s okay … no, more than okay .. it’s fabulous to NOT go full time and to NOT have surgery. To thank us for keeping our shit together while the few try to push their way into society via legislation.
But I’m going off on a tangent, aren’t I?
Keystone is a wonderful event. And, in my opinion, one of the best of the big ones. You should go!