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post-convention report

My trip to Orlando was quite enjoyable. I lost count of the number of people I met, which is something i consider an extreme positive since I began the convention by becoming very sick and feeling like I would be shut up in my room for the entire time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my roommates (Erin, whom I had not seen in too many years, and latinanewschic, whom I had so much fun getting to know live and in person!)

Loretta's convention tolerance completely amazed me, especially since we had just finished the Church of God convention a few days earlier and since I forgot to take her medicine with me. She had no accidents and showed no signs of stress or intimidation. She targeted several locations (the elevator bank, the ladies' room in the lobby area, and the coffee counter). This was extremely helpful, especially when hotel staff gave me completely wrong information thinking they were being helpful without asking where I wanted to go! (When in doubt, trust yourself and your dog!)

I made it to most of the presentations I planned to attend. (See the above mention of illness.) I bowed out of a couple of things in favor of hooking up with very long-lost friends. Some kinds of information can be read later, but coffee may not be had for a long time in some instances. I don't regret my choices. I made it to the presentations that mattered most, including a panel in the Wednesday morning general session on schools for the blind and a writer's workshop about memoirs and ethnographies. My own presentation was well attended, and I felt generally comfortable with how it went.

I am settling in nicely with the HTC Fuze. I took the Motorola Q with me but never once took it out. I think I can safely cancel my Verizon account. There are still things I need to learn on the Fuze; but I can make a call and that is what matters.

Adjusting during the night after the travel day was not so comfortable. I had odd dreams and woke up disoriented both upon arriving there and arriving home. I am reoriented now, and the cats are happy. And it is time to set the alarm for tomorrow morning. This is not the nice narrative I would like to have written, but it is what I had time to write after doing Greek and other things.


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Jul. 12th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
What was your presentation about?
Jul. 12th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
I have finally gotten my Motorola Q from AT&T up and running. I greatly appreciated the email you sent me for the keyboard and I still have lots to learn about that phone, but can definitely navigate the basics and that is the main thing.
Jul. 12th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
So, glad you had a good time with good connections. I enjoyed the blind school panel that morning as well though I was kinda on education overload since that was nfb's topic of the day as well grin. Glady our presentation went well.
Jul. 12th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Despite being ill in the beginning I am so glad you had the opportunity to have a good time meeting folks and going to the important workshops as well. I may plan on next year, we'll see. I may have a job this month, but the interview is next week, so we'll see 9that's the news you missed while you were away)
Jul. 13th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Wee-oh! CONGRATS AND WELCOME HOME inasmuch as it is my place to do that, seeing as it's yours and I'm not even there, whatever. But it's so cool that you ended up having a good time!
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