Sunday, June 06, 2021

On The Road Again

It seems a bit surreal to be packing a suitcase for an early departure to Atlanta tomorrow morning.

Bucking the odds, the 2021 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) refused to cancel the physical event and, thanks to the vaccines, will be one of the first conferences in the industry to act as though life is "normal" — although the attendance will be a fraction of the last IMS in Atlanta, in 2008.

The last business trip I took was in January 2020, flying to Philadelphia for a client meeting in Pennsylvania. I was really looking forward to returning to Barcelona for the 2020 Mobile World Congress the end of February; however, the conference and that trip were cancelled as the pandemic swept the globe.

We did fly to Austin last summer when our daughter had surgery. Before returning home, I spent a couple weeks with our son in Auburn. That seems so long ago, dodging the virus during its surge in the south when the flights and airports were pretty empty.

I hear the airports and flight are packed again. Can't say I'm ready for that part of the old normal.

ATL on August 29, 2020. I've never seen the Atlanta airport so deserted.

Originally posted on June 6, 2021 on my HEY World blog.