I was going to write a long blog about my 4 days at Writers’ Police Academy, but it’s already past 9:00 p.m., so this will be short. I promise I’ll write more next week.
I flew out of Grand Rapids Wednesday afternoon and after a plane change in Cincinnati, I arrived in Greensboro, North Carolina around 5:30 p.m. My roommate, for the WPA was to arrive (from California) at about the same time, so I picked up my suitcase and waited until her plane landed.
This was the first time we met (Lee Lofland matched me up with Bonnie Riley when I asked if anyone going to WPA was looking for a roommate), so while Bonnie and I waited for the van to take us from the airport to the hotel, we got to know a little about each other. This was neat since Bonnie works in Oakland, where I lived, went to school, and worked for all of my teens and part of my early twenties.
Once at the Embassy Suites, we were amazed by the hotel itself and the rooms. Each room was a suite. In fact, these suites were almost half the size of my condo in Michigan. We had a living room with a couch and chair, a flat-screen TV, a desk and chair for our work station, a small kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator and microwave, a nice sized bathroom, and a separate bedroom with two queen-size beds, a dresser, another sink and vanity, and another TV.
From 5:30-7:30 each evening, down on the main floor, the hotel set out snacks of cheese, crackers, chips, salsa, and fruit, and we had a card that allowed us two free drinks (mixed, wine, beer, soda…you name it). And each morning, in the same area, a hot breakfast was available. I had a cheese/mushroom/tomato/spinach omelet every morning, along with a delicious biscuit and fresh fruit. Others enjoyed finger-size French toast and syrup, bagels, scrambled eggs…well, you get the idea.
Anyway, if I sound like I enjoyed the hotel, you’re right. I especially enjoyed the fact that our conference rate was 1/3 of the regular posted room rate.
Next week I’ll talk about the great sessions I attended at the Guilford Technical Community College and the wonderful speakers who not only gave us insight to their jobs but also entertained us.