Only one more day and NCPERS 2007 is over! That day is today. As we have reported over the past week, our local public pension fund officials have had to put in a 25-hour week of toil at the Waikiki Hilton in Honolulu, Hawaii. No doubt some of these worthy public servants put in even more time networking and information sharing with their colleagues from around the country. I'm willing to bet they did so even in some unsavory circumstances like lounges and bars, where -- believe it or not -- they would have to pay for drinks out of their own pockets!
Now after doing all of this for us, the taxpayers, NCPERS 2007 still demands of them yet another long day. Starting at 9:00 a.m. Hawaiian time, our people have a two-hour-long annual business conference to settle the affairs of NCPERS. Then they have to ... hmm, well, I guess that's it for today. But if you're thinking that wrapping up business by 11:00 in the morning is a sweet deal, you're not keeping in mind how long two hours can last when there's a warm sunny beach and a cool ocean breeze waiting for you just outside the conference hall.