I again found myself among more than a hundred people with similar goals -- people who didn't find my interests quaint, fruitless, or odd.
For three days I could easily learn more about the field and at times pass on information to willing listeners. I could talk shop using insider shorthand. And I could get answers from veteran experts, rather than rely on my own knowledge or comb the internet.
Faced with a vast array of resources for sale, I spent every dollar I'd budgeted – then an extra forty percent I'd squirreled away in case. I didn't get much sleep, but I filled my heart and spirit.
After three days packed with back to back sessions, I came home exhausted but happy. Digesting all the material I brought home will take a year.
By then I'll be ready to return. The dates are already marked on my calendar.
I hope you also have a favorite conference – a place you can call home and where for a few days, you don't have to pretend to be normal.