I returned last night from my most recent conference and it ended up being a very positive experience.
I got their early and so was by myself, eating at the bar the first night (feeling very alone and friendless). But once the conference got started I ended up making friends and never ate alone again.
I got some good ideas for future teaching (did you know that there's sites on-line that make it easy to create comic strips?) and got positive responses to my presentation.
I was very well-run and I look forward to keeping in touch with the folks I met.