A thick pea-souper fog shrouds San Antonio as the jet-lagged early risers wake to the Saturday morning of AFPM (the conference formerly known as NPRA). A few suits are already in a meeting in the breakfast room of the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, but most delegates arriving a day early are focussing on going for a run on the Riverwalk, checking out the hotel gym or setting off shopping.
The remaining stragglers from San Antonio's previous conference are still wandering around town with their badges on. By mid-morning the sky is blue and the temperature is set to reach 32 deg C (91 deg F). I read an article on ICIS news that AFPM attendance is expected to be well over 2,900 and possibly more than 3,000 for the first time in a few years.