My Trip to the ACC Annual Meeting, in Might-Have-Been Tweets

A feature of my wary relationship with Twitter:  When I’m on the road and should, in theory, be regaling the world with salvos of bracing tweets, it’s the last thing I’m inclined to do. I’d rather experience things a fully as I can rather than devote part of my attention to providing running commentary. (For the same reason, I’ve never much been one for taking snapshots.)

But in the enforced idleness of a marathon weather-disrupted trip home, I summoned the following thoughts regarding the ACC annual meeting, presented as tweets that might have been:

  • On the way to #ACCAM10. Traveller’s tip: For unencumbered travel, don’t bring w/ U 80 lbs of books to give away.
  • Atlanta weather delays. Best way to appreciate size of Atlanta airport is to sprint from one end of C concourse to far end of D concourse.
  • Have arrived at San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk. Happy to let bell hop manhandle books.
  • Say hi to guys at Business Integrity booth. Enjoy pretending to be ContractExpress salesman; look forward to having Koncision booth someday.
  • At hotel. Spend 30 secs admiring view so feel getting $$$ worth. Note uncanny resemblance to every Marriott room ever been in.
  • Back at BI booth. Shawn Cheadle & Flo Pinigis (on my panel) drop by. Press copy MSCD on them whether they want it or not.
  • Immune to charms of booth giveaways.
  • Not inclined to mix business travel w/ sightseeing. But ashamed no plans to see Alamo.
  • Quiet Mon. night & Tues. morning reviewing notes for panel.
  • Room for contract-drafting panel size of airplane hangar. Surely some mistake! Maybe 400 people.
  • Panel gathers; finally meet fourth member, Chris Koa.
  • Mikes too low, so have to hunch, and need to talk right into them, so look like about to impart state secrets.
  • Get thru session unscathed; end by saying have copies of MSCD to unload to true lovers of contract language.
  • Scrum of people waiting at BI booth; 30 books gone in two minutes.
  • Fun part of #ACCAM10 meeting is seeing contacts not met face2face, inc. David Cohen, Jeff Wheeler, Jim Brashear, and—gasp!—Jeff Carr.
  • Started evening semi-crashing 1 party, then on to 2 others. Only disappointment = quality of margaritas downhill over course of evening.
  • Nice having people introduce themselves, say how they enjoyed session, find MSCD useful.
  • After final chat w/ Tim Allen of Business Integrity head off to airport much lighter than on arrival.
  • More Atlanta weather delays! The usual chaos. Make it to Atlanta, then stuck.
  • Down in tube station at midnite. Lost in supermarket. Need song about airport wee-hours anomie.
  • Face-on-tray-table hardly = beauty sleep. Home after 23 hours.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.