An overheated Times columnist Gail Collins was leaving Media Pavilion 4 and heading to a port-a-potty when she stopped for a few minutes to chat. She said she was going to do some reporting, but she was only going armed with a notebook and tape recorder.
"I’ve been carrying around the laptop for 2 hours today wandering through the city," she said. "The laptop is in there, and it’s not moving. It stays there for the rest of the convention. I’ll be moving, but not the laptop. After walking three miles in the sun—it’s a presence in your life you’d like to eliminate."