by Gregory Levey
LOS ANGELES, CA-
A little while ago, I was invited to give a talk in a faraway city. The hosting organization flew me hundreds of miles away, picked me up at the airport, and put me up at a nice hotel.
The talk was held in a large room, with about seventy people in attendance. My host gave me a kind introduction and then called me to the microphone, while everyone clapped. But when I got up to the podium I noticed something disconcerting.
Just a few feet away from me, right in the center of the second row, there was a man who was fast asleep.