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Washington, DC; Day 4 & 5

I was dog tired on Friday night, boss, so I didn't write an update. Please accept my sincerest apologies. Because I know you're sad I didn't update. I'll fill you in on Friday and yesterday now! Woo!

Friday was actually a pretty interesting day, for me anyway. My company is actually an association. We have members who pay dues and there's a board of volunteer elected members who pretty much have final say on what we do and how things are run if they think the staff is doing their job right. Anyway, at this convention every year we have two meetings called the town hall meeting and the annual meeting. The first one is a chance for members to express whatever they want with the board and the second one the board and CEO report on how the association is doing and then the members can express more things. Usually, from what I hear, it's ultra boring. Not this year.

Long story short, a group of members decided to express their unhappiness with the price of dues (which are somewhat expensive for independent booksellers, but you do get a shitload of stuff that's really invaluable when you join), and with how much the CEO is getting paid. There were lots of arguments and board members and former board members (who are the ones that negotiate the CEO's salary) defended their decisions and it was pretty dramatic. After all that I pretty much bailed and came back to the hotel and fell asleep around 11pm. I forgot to set my alarm too, so I was late the next day, but nobody cared.

Saturday was less exciting. I had to sit in on a seminar about budgeting given by the CEO. He's actually a really good speaker, so it wasn't horribly boring. Plus I got to sit down for two hours, which was nice because standing up for around ten hours in dress shoes starts to hurt after a while.

After that the internet went down yet again (it also went down Friday; I forgot to mention that), and I had to fix it. I reset a couple crappy switches we bought and it was fixed for a while, but then the actual internet died, but our (illegal) network was fine. I called the tech guy and showed him our 75% to 100% packet loss (amazingly enough it was gone when he showed up) and he told me that they were looking for illegal routers that were slowing down their network. I stared at him and nodded and said "so there's nothing to do but wait?" and he said yes and left. He was staring right at our DHCP router when he said this, so I don't know if he was trying to get me to confess or just an idiot (he was maybe 18 years old). I'd like to take a moment to make fun of unions. You see, unions have this weird grip on conventions. Our single, slow internet connection costs us around $300 a day because it's union crap, and they wanted us to purchase a connection for every computer we have. We have seven rented computers and around six or seven staff computers hooked into the connection as well. So yeah, that shit ain't happening. Whatever though, if they want to kill our internet I'll just sick the CFO on them. She's an awesomely manipulative Chinese woman, and she's pretty friendly with the IT department (which consists of my boss and me), so we're good at using her to get the COO or other people (usually the COO though) off our backs when he's on one of his crazy kicks (though overall he's a cool guy).

Anyway, after the day was over I decided to go on a short tour of DC. I walked over to the White House and the Washington Monument and took pictures of the touristy district of the city. I haven't been here since 8th grade, so it was nice seeing all that crap again. I think DC must be keeping the marble brick industry of the world in business, because every single government building and museum is a massive marble structure with columns and shit written on it and I have no clue why they need such huge buildings, but I guess that's a testament to the awesome bureaucracy that is the US government. Anyway, check out the gallery below and I'll update later today with more shit probably! Woo!
Washington, DC; Day 5

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This is our lounge at the convention. This is early before it got all crowded and full of messy people.

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This is our crappy back room. Woo!

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These are the seven computers that are for member use. I don't know what booklog is.

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This is a hallway in the convention center. The center is fucking huge.

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There's the CEO giving his budgeting talk.

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This is part of the main floor of the convention. Lots and lots of books.

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And another shot.

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Another shot.

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This is from a speech on free speech I went to.

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Another one. The three dudes there are apparently famous reporter people. They were pretty cool.

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This is my hotel!

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That building down the road is a museum. I thought it was the Jefferson Memorial, but that's way far away, so I didn't go to it.

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The Washington Monument behind some hugeass marble building.

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The White House! I don't know who those kids are.

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Another White House shot.

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Statue of Andrew Jackson.

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Yet another White House shot. The Washington Monument reminds me of Isengaard.

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A black squirrel, holy shit!!

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Washington Monument.

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Again.

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Some thingy... WWI memorial I think.

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It's realloy big so I kept taking pictures.

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The other side of the White House.

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THIS THING AGAIN?!

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The department of agruculture building. Wowee.

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Okay, the evening ssseion is finally complete!In the club division, PJVBC 15 Gold finished with a 2-1 match record (5-2 game record). The ladies started strong downing both DE United 15 Black and ECJVC 15 Purple in 2 games. In their 3rd match PJVBC took game 1 from Academy 15 Crystal, but then stumbled and fell in 3 games. The ladies pick up play tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM against NC Elite 15 Cardinal.In the club division, PJVBC 14 Black finished with an O-3 match record (O-6 game record) falling to CHAVC Fever 14-1, Triangle 14 White and VPVA 14s. The ladies pick up play tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM versus the Lightning 14s.Also in the club division, the PJVBC 14 Gold finished with a 1-2 match record (2-5 game record). The ladies took their first match from SC Midlands 13 Elite in 3 games, then fell to Academy 14 Crystal in 2 games. In their final match, the 14 Gold battled the Jammers 14-1 but ultimately fell 25-20, 25-19 Jammers are the #1 seeded team in the 14 Club Division. The ladies pick up play tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM against WVC 14 Regional.Good night folks more results to follow tomorrow as connectivity allows.

Dec. 25, 2015 (1:38pm EST)