Despite snowstorms, most make it to conference in New Orleans.
This could have been a story with photos and videos from last night’s Domainer Crawfish Boil in New Orleans. But it’s not. It’s about how difficult it has been to get to New Orleans.
My personal adventure started when American Airlines called me at 9 am yesterday to say that my flight was canceled thanks to snow in Dallas. Yes, Dallas. A foot of snow in Dallas. After some back-and-forth, we determined there was no possible way to get me to New Orleans yesterday via American.
After trying other airlines that fly through Houston instead, I found them all booked. There was only one way to get to NOLA — drive. So I dropped my car off at the airport, rented a car, and began the trek on I-10 to New Orleans. Normally, that wouldn’t be so bad. About 8 hours, but generally easy driving. Except that it rained the entire way.
Nonetheless, I made it, and actually caught the final few minutes of the crawfish boil. But I was worried most of the people on my new top level domain panel Thursday wouldn’t arrive. Ken Hansen of Neustar was traveling from D.C., and Jeff Eckhaus of Demand Media had a stopover in Dallas.
As of this morning, it looks like everyone on the panel has arrived, except for John Berryhill. The Domainer Mardi Gras team is working on a technical solution to video conference John into the panel, as well as Elliot Silver, who is trapped in New York.
The good news is that Domainer Mardi Gras has attracted a larger crowd than last year. There will be a number of great panels today, followed by a night on a Bourbon Street balcony. There’s hope that the rain (and possibly sleet) will clear up by this evening.