I’m coming because I want to have fun. At big professional conferences I have sporadic, short bursts of fun (dynamic conversations, shared stories, sea shanties) usually late at night after hours spent sitting and listening in dark hotel ballrooms. I’m looking forward to higher fun to sitting-still-and-listening ratio. Plus, as an independent contractor I spend a lot of time working alone. I’m looking forward to face to face collaboration with people whose work, ideas, enthusiasm, and stories inspire me.