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July 11th, 2008
11:52 am


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Hey, it's a convention!
The SFRA meeting is not exactly a standard SF convention, being more academic and having no consuite (if there are parties, I'm not in the loop to know about them), yet it has a similar feeling of community and I am enjoying it. The bar was a decent gathering place post the formal program last night though I am sick to death of the notion that bars must have multiple TVs playing various sports all the time. A few of us snuck into the quieter closed restaurant part to discuss our panel coming up today and after a short discussion the waiter let us get away with that, which was nice.

I am participating in a roundtable on science fiction archiving this afternoon, representing the Science Fiction Oral History Association. Right now I'm at a panel on awards and the value of them. Very interesting.

Side note: Lawrence, Kansas: very pretty town. I wish I had more time to explore it.

My travels yesterday were uneventful. It's been a long time since I most recently traveled on Southwest Airlines, and I find I'm still fond of their efficiency. Hopefully tomorrow's travel is a similar experience.

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Date:July 11th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Interesting. When we ran SFRA in Skokie a few years back, it definitely had a con suite.
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Date:July 12th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
After you posted that, I double-checked, but in fact the fellow behind the registration desk didn't even know what a consuite was. Once I explained, he confirmed there was not one.

There have been some interesting conference running choices here that people have been commenting on, not in a loud complain-y way, but indicating it ought to be done differently. Someone said ten minutes' break between session was clearly not enough time, the lunch hour (11:50-1) was similarly overly short, and at the awards ceremony (which started at 7 with an hour and a half dinner on your own marked before it ont he schedule) they had a cash bar before and during the ceremony (which didn't start until at least 7:30), followed by a reception after (we got to the food between 9 and ten pm) at which they served cheese, veggies, mozzarella sticks, and little egg rolls (at a single-sided buffet table, so of course a long line, and nothing dessert-like except the fruit garnishing the cheese and veggie platters and the sweet-and-sour sauce for the egg rolls.
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Date:July 11th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm still waiting for the return trip... la la la not like you haven't had any problems trying to get home from trips over the last 9 months or so...

texas... ice storms... yea... getting there hasn't been a problem... I think it is a conspiricy :)

Glad you're having fun.
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Date:July 12th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I get the feeling there will be two major airlines left in the US -- one will be Southwest, and the other will be an all-the-others-that-mreged-that-everybody-hates-but-they-have-to-take-to-get-there airline.
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