Somehow Jim and I managed to be first to arrive at lunch on the second day. Jim looks like he's ready for things to get started.
I went for a walk around on the second afternoon (only 31 degrees!) to get a better look at what I ended up calling the Jenga building. (This is what happens when you take pieces out of the bottom and put them at the top.)
Main Street in downtown Fort Worth has red brick paving and some nice older buildings, like this courthouse.
CCI hosted the main dinner event of the conference that night: a Mexican meal at what seemed to be the biggest restaurant in town (Joe T Garcia's). We were led all the way to the back to the "garden."
There was a fountain, and booze, at the garden.
Toronto Star people schmooze with CCI people.
After dinner, it was back on the buses for a ride over to Billy Bob's, which bills itself as the world's largest honky tonk.
In place of a glitter ball, they had a sequined saddle turning slowly over the dance floor.
Apparently Billy Bob's is a big venue for country/western musicians.
We had just missed a show by the Randy Rogers Band, but we saw the giant lineup of fans wanting autographs and photos with the band.
Michael Taylor, a transplanted Texan at the Washington Post, was steering people onto the dance floor, in between swigs of beer. And yes, his colleague Stacey (also a transplanted Texan at the Post) was able to guide me through an embarassing approximation of the Texas Two-Step without anyone requiring hospitalization. Barely.
My attention was directed more to the pool tables, however, where a bunch of us played numerous challenges against a mix of newspaper people squaring off against (or in some cases allied with) a mix of CCI people. Here we see a rare display of camaraderie between Star and CCI staff.
Our pool table had a built-in hazard: These girls kept goosing anyone who got too close to them, which made making shots from that end of the table a lot more difficult.
A stern warning against riding "Bullseye" at the door to the gift shop. I got the "What happens at Billy Bob's stays at Billy Bob's" t-shirt.