I was invited to the Google Affiliate Network (GAN) Client Summit, so I made a quick trip to Chicago earlier this week. Here’s just ten high points from my excursion…

  1. Sharing a room at the Swissôtel with enjoyable Tricia Meyer from Sunshine Rewards.
  2. Having dinner at Soldier Field. I almost had enough Rum Punches to dance to the 80’s cover band, Sixteen Candles.
  3. Meeting GAN merchants with private programs that wouldn’t even consider working with me before.
  4. Visiting with the pleasurable Dan Greene before I learned that he was such a big-wig at Google (and Navy fighter pilot).  🙂
  5. Listening to Avinash Kaushik compare web analytics to orgasms.
  6. Hearing “The Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf speak about the past, present and future of technology.
  7. Wishing I would have gotten Mitch Joel to autograph my copy of his book Six Pixels of Separation.
  8. Hanging with old friends (even if they skipped some of the event to take a private jet golfing) and making new friends.
  9. Seeing the filming of the Transformers 3 Movie in downtown Chicago.
  10. Eating dinner with the ShareASale gang (gotta love Brian, Sarah, Jessica and Grandpa David) before catching my flight back to the middle of nowhere.

Looking back, there are only a few things I would have changed about the trip:

  1. I would have accepted Connie’s invitation to Rock-Fest beforehand and drove to Chicago with the Schaaf brothers.
  2. I would have checked my bag on the way home instead of carrying it on – TSA confiscated my goodie bag from Footsmart.
  3. I would have looted more Kit Kats into my handbag from Google’s snack shelf.