It was nice we got together since I'm not having guests at my wedding and these family members aren't able to make it home for just a bridal shower. I was so glad I got to spend the day with them catching up, laughing and chatting.
After they left me back at the hotel, I had the rest of the day to myself. This sounded like bliss. I laid down by the pool, sipped a drink and slowly read Runners World. I've realized what a great publication it is with such quality writing and unique stories. Normally, I'm slamming through it while running on the treadmill but I think I'm really missing a lot by doing that!
After a few hours by the pool, I got in the hot tub (not seen) and then was back up to my room for some room service.
I paid an obscene amount of money to rent "The Impossible" which I've been dying to watch. It was actually a beautiful, touching, wonderfully filmed movie. I've heard criticism of it that the film only highlights a white family hurt by the Tsunami and not the native people who lived in the area. However, everyone's struggle is just as worth portraying in my opinion and I hope they do make a movie featuring that.
And, oh yeah, I had a panel that went really great on Friday! I moderated a panel on social media advice with representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter. Here's a shot of us on stage (sorry for the blur -- everything was iphone this weekend)
The thing about social media discussions is that they always evolve where they are. I always learn something new even when we are covering something I'm pretty expert in.
We talked about the power of social to move a message or a cause. Specifically on Twitter, we talked about how the case of Dr. Gosnell -- the murderous doctor charged with killing infants after birth in botched abortion attempts -- was not being covered by the media but an army of folks on Twitter started an uproar about that very thing -- and THEN coverage was everywhere! It was Twitter that made it happen. There really is "power to the people" in social media.
Anyway, the Omni Orlando was beautiful -- and all the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I especially liked the cleaning staff -- they were always extremely smiley and seemed to be in good moods. You don't find that everywhere! They had a beautiful golf course and a huge swimming area with a lazy river, kids play tower, large swimming pool and large hot tub. I felt so relaxed on Saturday!
Do you ever get to travel for work to fun places like I do? I feel really lucky! Also, have you seen the power of Twitter or other social media to move a message? Tell me about it in the comments!