Almost every year I go to the AIA convention. This year it was in Atlanta. I connect with old friends, learn about new products, and take a lot of classes to fulfill my continuing education requirements. In the last few years, I have always stopped by the Houzz booth to see what is new with them and to chat with the dedicated folks who help make this the most popular architectural web site ever.
There were booths for just about everything. There was the kitchen of the future, all of the usual window manufacturers, etc. etc.. There was even a booth attracting people with a couple of bunnies, and of course another vendor flying drones.
Bilco featured a floor hatch for difficult to reach crawl spaces, NanaWall was there with their range of moveable glass walls, and many of our favorite companies showed their latest products.
My friend Ricki Fisher and I toured the Toto factory which was a great treat for a couple of nerds like us. I will never look at a toilet the same way again.
The only down side was the fact that when I returned, I found that most of the kale and lettuce in my garden had been eaten by a woodchuck. He was promptly caught in a Have-A-Heart trap and after a stern warning was released a little further down the road.