This weekend I was in Las Vegas. I had this grand idea of what it was going to be like. I had these visions of stolen glances, smiles and hugs. Those things were short lived and what I got after that was better. Much, much better. Meeting people online is difficult. I find that we are generally ourselves through our blogs and twitter feeds–sometimes even more honest–but sometimes it doesn’t translate. Sometimes I read a blog and don’t make a connection. Then I meet them in person and it’s like we were meant to be the best of friends. Sometimes I read a blog and think that the person must be the most amazing human on the planet and then find out they are not. Sometimes the people and blog match up exactly.
With law school taking up so much of my time I had not read many of the blogs of the BiSC attendees before the event. I had very few preconceived ideas of who these people were. That turned out to be a great thing. I spent a weekend getting to know people and loving them. How do you love someone after just four days? I’m not sure but in true Vegas fashion I would not have objected to an Elvis impersonator doing some weird friendship ceremony for all 60 of us. The weekend was that great.
I certainly did not get to spend enough time with everyone. I wanted so badly to get an hour with each person but it simply was not possible. I roomed with the lovely, smart, funny and sweet Simone. We got along so well and when things got a bit dramatic and messed up she was there and quick with the most perfect comments that still have me laughing. Lauren and Dominique listened to me without judgment and we devoured our plate of pulled pork fries over whispered secrets. Meghan helped me win $20 with her excellent suggestion of Johnny the Costa Rican surf instructor for Amber’s Crush Hub set-up. With that killer smile and vivacious energy Johnny won’t know what hit him. Almie had me in a fit of giggles on Sunday with her Zumanity impressions, tacky souvenir shot glasses and comments regarding escort cards “At least Brooke has some pride!”
Caryn made everything instantly more fun. She genuinely cares about people and you can’t help but feel like she’s your best friend. Germana is just as silly in person as she is on her blog. I wish we had been able to spend more time together. She is indeed the coolest. Jen always looks amazing and has this air of confidence and poise. I basically felt like her groupie every time I talked to her. Jenn is the ultimate wing(wo)man. She helped me get a free drink from some creepers–which we didn’t realize at first–and then didn’t care when I spilled half my drink on her back as we ran away.
Katherine gave me great advice and made sure I was not blinded by abstract ideas and what ifs. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Mikael who brought the booty shaking and she didn’t have to act trashy to do it. Nic is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She brings a sparkle to every room. I can’t fully describe how incredible she is and we barely know each other. Michelle is one of my people. We talked often on twitter before the event and she is just as amazing in person. We slow ate through Vegas and made sure everyone knew how awesome we are. Anyone that proudly declares “I always look awesome” is instantly my friend.
Anna has so much sass and interesting things to say. The conversation is always fantastic when she is around. Sara brought great energy and fun to the group. There is no being bored around her. On Wednesday night I instantly felt relaxed and happy because she was there. Suki is incredibly thoughtful and I am glad I had a chance to chat with her. I love her varied interests and desire to try new things. Suki, if you ever want a traveling buddy, call me! TJ is quiet and reserved and because of that he probably knows way more about each person than I do. He listened to me talk and asked great questions. If you ever need a confidant it is certainly him. Terra is another person with incredible energy. Being around her was like being in with the most popular girl at school. She’s always got something to say and makes you feel understood and cared for. I had the pleasure of chatting with Tiffany on Saturday night. This woman is out-of-this-world awesome. She is smart, confident and so put together. There is nothing that is going to hold back Tiffany. Her blog title, Incredibly Fierce is a perfect description of her.
Tara is super cool and her makeup is always flawless. Treavor was my Wednesday night roomie. We had fantastic talks and he gave me the best compliments throughout the weekend. I could spend hours hanging out with him. Alberto and Brad made sure I got to and from the airport and always brought the insightful and ridiculous to each conversation. I didn’t get to spend much time with my San Diego ladies, Ashley and Kinsey, but maybe that’s because we have many more opportunities to hand out. And a huge shout-out to Ashley who I think is an amazing person. We didn’t get a chance to really talk this weekend but I feel closer to her now. I appreciate her calm and look forward to reading about the incredible things she will continue to do in her life.
Every single person at BiSC, whether mentioned above or not, blew me away with how amazing they are. I look forward to getting to know each of them better. You all better call me if you are ever in San Diego!
Also, for anyone who was up at 4am on Sunday and heard me rambling about some song that I decided was a perfect description of the weekend–here it is: