When I came to Berkeley, I did not even know that the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting would take place in the next-door-city San Francisco. When I was told about it, I registered immediately. Due to the bygone abstract submission deadline, I went the second time to a conference without presenting anything myself – and I enjoyed it very much. The first day was overwhelming already. I have never seen such a long (but very fast moving) queue for getting the badge.