I am on the move again. Come August we will be claiming Marina Del Rey as home. So with moving comes packing, downsizing and a trunk full of memories . Today as I looked around I realized I had lots of decorated lanyards, those wonderful badges we proudly wear at conferences. As I looked at the rainbow of them a sadness crept over me- where have all the lanyards gone – what’s happened to all our name badges?

I pondered whether we would ever take a photo together save a zoom shot for the remnants of lanyard land exist in the traveling zoom meetings that have been developed since March 13.

Like the song, Where Have All The Flowers gone I lament:

Where have all the lanyards gone
Long time passing
Where have all the lanyards gone
Long time ago
Where have all the lanyards gone colleagues wore them proudly
Covid closeted them
When will we meet again?
When will a vaccine be found?

Where have all the lanyards gone
Long time passing
Where did all the hotel rooms go
Where did all the ballrooms go
Where did all the marketers go
Will we ever gather again

Where have all the monogrammed room keys gone
Long time passing
Where did all the speakers go
Where did all the ballroom chatting go
The after hour dinners
The side bar chats
The hugging
The hugging
The secret rendezvous
The business cards
The synergy of the rooms
The bustle
The hugging
Where did all the lanyards go
Gone to conferences everywhere
When will they return
Will they ever return?