I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon for a professional conference in Las Vegas, and I am just dreading it. The hotel is in the middle of things and sounds terribly noisy. I don't drink, have no interest in gambling, and like to go to bed early. I can't even figure out if the hotel pool is still open--the web site says seasonal but not what the season is. I have a roommate I don't know well and have never roomed with before. I am coming back very early Saturday (7 am flight) in order to go to the end of the series banquet for the triathlon series.