Thirteen days and counting...
In thirteen days, we all head to the Municipal Auditorium for onething. Over 10,000 people will descend on Kansas City's downtown area (The six square blocks that time forgot...) and it will be all systems go (crazy).
I have a confession. Due to the Municipal's floorplan (it was part of the 1960's Designed by a Drunk program), for the entirety of the four day conference, I am never exactly sure where I am. I try and maintain a line of site to the restroom and beyond that I'm lucky if I ever find the street or a seat. It's not the arena itself - I love the ugly old bowl - but good luck finding the breakout rooms, and that's important, because this year, Kelsey and I are both teaching breakouts.
We're also hosting the Omega User's Group meeting - if you're using the course or are interested in doing so, come hang out with us on Saturday at 12:30. We want to meet you! We'll have some great info about new resources coming your way, new training opportunities, some freebie schwagg I collected from Forerunner Music and Books, and replacement DVD's in case one of yours went south.
My team recently finished the onething Communicator. The Communicator started some years ago as a little booklet that told you where the potty was and what time the worship started. This year, we're over 70 pages of glossy goodness designed by our own Tom Morse-Brown, featuring what they tell me is a readable map, descriptions of every breakout session known to man, all sorts of new products, interviews with Real Live IHOP peeps, and insider information about how to win the iPods that so many of the internships are giving away.
My role in the Communicator was to stare at the pages and say "I like it" or "I don't like it" and give Tom instruction - so small feat given that I don't know jack about design. I was forced to make up phrases like "It lacks a congruency of palette, neither matching nor contrasting strongly enough to look intentional." People who don't know jack say these things a lot.