Speaking of the gala crasher, in the days before the event, the Nose contemplated crashing it, too. But after some persistence we managed to get a press pass that, really, we didn’t need. And the stated policy, conveyed in an email, that reporters would “locate in the press area” and, after Hogan’s remarks, “will be escorted out of the Convention Center,” turned out to be rubbish. We were free to roam as we pleased, and the check-in policy was strictly a state-your-name affair. As for non-press attendees, all one needed to do, as our crasher did, was approach the registration tables and declare an affiliation with one of the event’s many, many corporate sponsors.