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Monday, September 5, 2011
What I Learned at APSA 2011
I hope this conference convinces APSA to try some other cities: Denver, Pittsburgh, maybe St. Louis or Kansas City, and perhaps others. Suggestions?
I learned that there is a building momentum for ultimate at the ISA. If you are interested, let me know.
I learned that word does get around quickly. More on that later.
I learned that John Yoo is not popular but neither are those who would interrupt him. Lots of gnashing about this on the various blogs. I personally do not go out of my way to hear a torture-justifier speak, would not mind a protest of same, but also would not want to have his free speech denied (as I would not deny free speech to a white supremacist, holocaust denier, or 9/11 truther). Again, I would not listen, and, indeed, I successfully did not.
I learned that NFL cheerleaders have really great hair.
I learned that I have great friends, old and new, although I missed many of the old ones who didn't come to Seattle. They missed out, not on me, but on a great city.
Oh, and I learned I hate my data plan. I had to turn my android off and be twitter-less for most of my time there. My addiction got me jones-ing for some tweets. Very sad.
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I haven't been to Seattle, so I can't speak to that, but I'm curious as to why New Orleans "is not so attractive."
NO is fine in the winter/spring, but at the tail end of August/early Sept? Hot and humid with a solid chance of hurricane? This year, there was a tropical storm going through at APSA time.
Last year, I wore shorts (very unprofessional) when APSA was in DC. I might have to go naked for a NO APSA.
Ah. Well, that's why we eat, drink, and listen to good music. It helps keep the heat and worries away. We can't all be so lucky to live in perfect Northern climes!
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