I played amateur videographer in Orlando again on Friday. I’m not trying to impress anyone with my artistic talents (of which I have none). My purpose is to convey a little of the interesting culture at an AARP national member event. This is my first time participating. I’m starting to think that every boomer needs to put this event on their personal bucket list.
Let’s get to the videos.
First up are scenes from my return to the Exhibitor floor which is where a lot of the action occurs, non-stop.
The swag collectors were out in full-force as usual. Here’s a fellow actually enjoying his new trinket:
I have fond memories of the various yoyo fads. How about you?
In an earlier post, I mentioned the NOAA Hurricane Simulator. Here it is:
I have no idea why this would be at an AARP Convention but it’s all part of an eclectic combination of sights and sounds.
Want more evidence of the size of the convention exhibit floor? How about an indoor exhibit hall tour bus:
Denny’s is an AARP discount partner and exhibitor. To attract visitors, it used a tried and true technique that I will call “spinning for fat grams:”
I’m learning that the AARP likes attendee-participation music. Thursday it was a drum fest. Friday I discovered a rehearsal for a choral group instantly formed from conference-go’ers:
It’s not Gladys Knight (or even the PIPS) but it’s a lot better singing than you can get out of me.
This last clip is from the session I attended on the Psychology of Career Change. The full session is available on the AARP site. What I want you to appreciate from this short excerpt is that (a) many of the speakers here are A-list quality and (b) some of the sessions are so small and intimate that you can engage directly with the speaker about your own issues. I witnessed this on numerous occasions including in Peter Greenberg’s travel seminar, attended by hundreds.
BTW – You need to watch Greenberg’s travel seminar on the AARP site. He is the real deal in presenting high value information with a humorous delivery.
So far no one has attacked me for pointing a camera at them. Indeed, this group is just laid back and enjoying themselves.
This growing older thing is looking better every day.