For over a year I have been planning and preparing for this event. On Tuesday the 13th I arrived at the hotel with my good friend Billy O'Hare, who I drove up with, and we checked in and headed to the convention center. When we checked in we got our badge and our convention book filled with events, coupons, certificates, maps, anything we needed for our stay. When we started walking around and exploring we were amazed at the facility, it was huge! Each floor got more spectacular as we looked around, and we just kept saying to ourselves how perfect this place was for a PE venue this large, and how much fun we were going to have.
We headed back to our hotel to grab my car because we were picking up our friend, Nick Mangan, who graduated last year and was staying in our room. Once we got Nick back and settled in, we headed for a bite to eat. While on our way to a local restaurant we noticed thick black smoke bellowing our beyond a strip of buildings near the convention center. When we headed over we saw what we thought was the local Hilton on fire, but as we asked around it was the building behind it, however the Hilton was all evacuated. We didn't think much more of it and continued to go eat.
Just after we ordered our food and were getting settled in, the power in the restaurant cut off. We were shocked, and still hungry, so we decided to leave after about 10 minutes of contemplation. On our way back we bumped into Dr. Couturier who was sitting in the convention center with all the other residents of the Hilton who were stranded for the time being.
The next day we woke up around 8 and we were told the conference was delayed until the following day. By around 10, Dan Miller, a fellow sophomore and roommate with us, along with our last two roommates Chris Heim and Frank DiPasquale, were all checked in so we decided to go sight seeing. The city of Boston is so much better than New York City in my opinion. It's cleaner, less crowded, and the people around you just seem nicer. It was also great to hear from Frank, Chris, and Nick about their experiences so far subbing, and how student teaching went. Picking their brain about certain classes and aspects of PE was also really beneficial to Dan, Billy, and I as we tried soaking up as much information as we could.