Day One of AFPM starts undesirably early with a jet-lagged awakening long before dawn. In the idle hours before the start of the business day, I browse through the 37th AFPM IPC 2012 delegate booklet to see if anyone I know has an updated photo.
I see our own Nigel Davis has his photo prominently on page 10, because he is the moderator for the first General Session on Monday: "Shale plays implications for the global petrochemical industry - a panel discussion." The session is at 8.00-9.30 on Monday and I am planning to be there to support Nigel. At this rate, the early start will not be any problem at all.
The delegate booklet had gone to print with the photo of Dick Cheney, before his recent heart operation. I understand that AFPM has confirmed the replacement luncheon speaker will be former CIA Director and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
I expect there will be a lot of suits about today, as the conference attire is now "business". At the Kolmar cocktail yesterday evening, the preferred attire for men was navy blazer and tan trousers, always popular for the US crowd.
It was a hot evening for standing around outside, and every slight breeze brought down a shower of pollen from the ancient spreading trees in the courtyard.
During the party, news was coming out about the explosion at Marl, and there was speculation about which plant it was. By the time I was back at the hotel, the article was on ICIS news from our German stringer.
(photo: San Antonio panorama Saturday afternoon)