April 16, 2008
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They've converted the below-deck airplane hangar on
the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to a sort of ballroom,
and that's where this year's Bay Area Economic Outlook
conference was held. I scored a seat at the table, since
I helped write the economic outlook report last fall.
I arrived a little before the Governor did, to find the place
mobbed with protestors from the local schools, opposing planned
budget cuts. Oh no, I thought. How am I going to get
through the barricade? I don't have an invitation or anything.
I walked up to the police at the line.
"Uh... hi, I'm Dave Sims with McKinsey?"
Welcome, sir, come on in.
Sometimes I forget I'm 45 years old and wearing a navy blazer.