|Group photo! I'm on the far right of the first floor (not the ground floor)|
Almost everyone at the conference -- staff, speakers, attendees, and panelists -- I approached was very accessible, willing to talk, pleasant, and interesting. Almost everyone had a story to tell and a unique background whether they were high school students, college students, group advisers new to the movement, leaders of organizations, or attorneys. The Ohio State University mascot couldn't speak with me, but he was happy to take a picture.
|Ohio State University mascot with AHA tote!|
|'Religious Campuses' panel|
|Gimme that Atheist Air Hug!|
It was also a pleasure to speak with Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) as we have never met in person although we have spoken online. Annie Laurie Gaylor, at this conference, was the very deserving recipient of the 2012 Freethought Backbone award. We had lunch together at one of the 'Increasing Diversity: Women' tables. I was also very excited to see myself in their most recent issue of Freethought Today.
|Most recent issue of Freethought Today|
Also present, and similarly a pleasure to speak with, was FFRF attorney Andrew Siedel.
|with Andrew Siedel|
|with Hemant Mehta|
|with Mallorie Nasrallah|
The second issue was an overflow in the dorm space -- which should not have been the case -- which included a naked woman sleeping with a man (sexual attention, anyone?). This was reported to staff and dealt with - housekeeping checked on the room following a staff report. The third issue was a student with severe hygiene issues (he probably did not shower, apply deodorant, or change clothes during the conference). I reported this issue and was told that the person was a new attendee and that it was not a huge problem because it was only one person. The biggest problem, though, was the 102 degree weather...although that, of course, could not be dealt with.
|Hot weather makes me a very sad panda|
|Prophecy of Doom!|
After the ride home, and completely unrelated to the conference, I discovered that my mother's cat had four kittens.
|box of cute?|