I am in San Diego, blogging from the Apple Store in some big outdoor mall called Fashion Valley, a place that is very, very bad when you are on a budget because everywhere you turn is Burberry! Sephora! J. Crew! Ann Taylor! Lilly Pulitzer! and every place has a big sign in the window announcing that there is a Sale! The Biggest Sale of the Year!
The good news is that I have per diem, which means that I can eat big, fabulous meals for free!!!!!!!! Freeeeeee!!!! Except I cannot order alcoholic drinks with my per diem because, despite the fact that my school district is willing to pay for a fancy hotel, buffet breakfasts, appetizer platters, thick steaks, P. F. Changs, milkshakes, huge chunks of Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake, room service at any hour, transportation, and Starbucks Coffee, they are not willing to pay for alcohol. THAT would be too lavish.
We did get free wine at the conference last night. All you could drink. Don't tell my district. They paid my registration and I'm sure that my bottle of wine was worked into that price.