The past seven weeks have really seemed "normal," if there is such a thing anymore. Our staff has been out and about, covering one or more events each week during that time.
For me, I started at the ACS Rubber Division's Spring Technical Meeting, nearby our Akron-area base in Warrensville, Ohio. Then it was onto the NAHAD convention in Nassau, Bahamas. That was followed by two Rubber News events we hosted in Akron, and then finishing off in Boston with the Annual General Meeting of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers.
While much can be accomplished in Teams calls, it really isn't a substitute for meeting in person. I hadn't seen many of my network of contacts in-person since pre-COVID. But with all the happy reunions, I was struck by the number of people I've come to know who will soon be retiring.