Everyone here is very nice.
Except, apparently, people in Charlotte are so accustomed to going about armed, that they need to be asked to leave their weapons outside of the convention center. I wonder who among these nice computer security conference attendees would be packing a 9mm or perhaps something larger, so they could kill me if they wanted to. How comforting.
As a speaker, I think I should be allowed to wear a wakizashi, at least. It’s mean to make me defenseless when I am in a city full of people who are apparently prepared to do me violence at any moment.
I’m really defenseless. I don’t even have a tactical fiberglass and polymer knife that can go through X-ray machines. (By the way, the tactical knife I ordered did arrive. As did the vintage 1980s Ginsu knife set. Eventually I will build a cutting stand and do some comparison cutting between those two examples of pure tactical yumminess. Oh, wait – I’m not defenseless: I have a great attorney!