Yes, you read that correctly. I'm in New Orleans, or "Nawlins," depending on your dialect. I'm here at the Ag Media Summit and luckily our hotel is only a few blocks away from Bourbon Street.
As a college student I attened AMS because that's what I was suppose to do. I was an overachiever and my adrenaline rush was meeting the best of the best and knowing who was who among the agiculture community.
However, when the chance to attend again arose - I jumped on it for an entirely different reason.
Because it's the place where between catching up with old friends (Ahem, Katie Allen) you learn to think like a reader while writing for your audience, strategic tweeting (reinforcing why I love Social Media so much), and how to make your copy more creative.
It's the place where you keep a straight face when the tour guide neither confirms nor denies the existence of vampires - but leaves you not being able to completely rule out the idea.
Ag Media Summit is the place where you sit in one session learning how to build pages faster in InDesign (design software) while checking twitter (#AgMS) to see what people are learning from AdFarm's Brandon Souza regarding networking.
It's the place you feel a sigh of relieve knowing your smart phone is fully charged - so you can capture the lady in the table.
It's the place you fall head-over-heels in love with Adobe Lightroom and question why strippers are lining the same streets where families push baby strollers.
Mostly, Ag Media Summit is the place where you confirm your career choice. Your lovely career choice that allows you to embrace your abstract-random way of thinking that is so delicately intertwined in the agricultural community.