On the bus, from convention center to Marriott Marquis...
"Hello. Hey! Important question: are you in Atlanta? For BIO. I'm here. I was hoping maybe I'd meet you here? Uh huh. You're still in San Diego, huh?"
BIO is expecting 12,000-15,000 people in Atlanta this week. A huge crowd by any standard--except their own. BIO had well over 20,000 people the last couple of years, so attendance is down by more than a third.
Kind of like the stock market.