View from table 31

The night’s emcee made some false steps at the beginning, opening with a remark about the PR industry helping President Bush launch the Iraq war...

The night’s emcee made some false steps at the beginning, opening with a remark about the PR industry helping President Bush launch the Iraq war (this dew a smattering of boos) and following with some other jokes that fell mostly flat.

But the event itself certainly drew a full crowd that, being the communicators they are, appeared to be busily networking even as the awards were announced. Helping compensate for the lack of applause in certain quarters of the tent was the large Coyne contingent, though mostly when Coyne employees were among the nominees. At one point, the Coyne gang appeared to be giving a standing ovation to one of their group that had been nominated but not won – even as the winner was on stage accepted his award.

Apart from the view from table 31, only partly obscured by a metal pole, the food at the table (and the others of course) was great, particularly the asparagus as a starter and the filet mignon main course. Vegetarians might disagree with me on the latter, though. Some inside info for those planning to attend next year who want to make sure their table remains well stocked with wine: tipping the waiters appears to provide attentive service.

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