I did, in fact, get lost in the rain in Crystal City, as predicted, but when I got to the hotel lobby, I was quickly able to spot another blogger (Sarah, of Archimedes Forgets), so I never had to find a corner to read in.
More bloggers trickled in, until there were about 15 of us, standing in a loose circle...It was rather gratifying to see people's eyes spark with recognition when I said who I was, and it was very nice indeed to see in real life the folks whose blogs I know and love, and to meet new bloggers as well.
And then we trooped through the rain to our dinner venue, and more and more people arrived, and all was warmth and laughter etc etc. I had a lovely time sitting between Melissa of Book Nut and Tricia of The Miss Rumphius Effect. So today, preparing to set out once again, I feel nothing but happy anticipation...I will not get lost today, and I will remember my umbrella.
But I will take a book (Nine Pound Hammer today. It's not as heavy a book as its name might suggest). Being an introvert of the highest order, I dunno if I can make it till ten tonight without finding that little corner....