Got here… finally. Seattle is largely sold out of hotel rooms, so I had to get rooms near the airport. Only a short drive to the conference. Could be worse. Weather is cool (a.k.a freezing for those from warmer climates) and wet.
The car rental person started telling me all about how many times his car was smashed into, right after I declined the extra coverage… Hmmm…. Maybe that old axiom is in place, the selling starts when the customer says “no”.