First of all, I have to say, the organisation was flawless. Apart from some microphone issues on the first day all the technical stuff was seamless (and the technical people were lovely, which is always nice.)
The 4As and the Planning folk who ran the thing did it all really well. Nice coffee. Reasonable hotel. All the basics taken care of.
And I don't think they should be blamed for the fact that most of the speakers didn't really set the place alight. On paper they were all good choices. We all bought tickets after all. It's just that, for some reason, on the day, quite a lot of them were a bit dull.
It was also very odd meeting people who read the blog. There's a disconcerting imbalance to meeting someone who knows lots about you, when you know nothing about them. Though it's obviously very gratifying.
And it's slightly worrying that people are starting to link to my comments about the conference. In my head I'm writing for about 5 people who read the blog who I kinda know. I may have to get more circumspect if more people are going to read it.
I'd love to go back to Chicago when it's less hot. There seems to be a really vibrant commitment to public art there, but unless you have an air-conditioned suit it's too hot in August to go and look at it.
And finally, I was reminded how much I like Americans. Even in the airport a couple of people came up and said 'nice job' about the speech, which would never have happened in the UK. Even if people were thinking it (which they probably wouldn't be.) Incredibly generous and polite people, Americans.