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Thursday desserts and auction

Wandering around a strange city in the dark is not my favourite thing to do. By the time I walked around several superfluous blocks, I figured out where I was going. It is incredibly humid here (relative to my usual location) and the sweat was dripping off my face by the time I got back into the AC. Fortunately, I was able to find my way back more easily, so I should be okay when I go back in actual daylight.

What can I say about the event? I don't have money to throw around, especially not after getting here, so the auction was purely a spectator sport. And by the time it started, my feet were pretty unhappy trying to look over everyone's shoulders. I'm short, so I was at a significant disadvantage. The desserts were mostly uninspiring, but the chocolate fondue was nice.

I did meet someone who remembered the doll I was named after, though. And another couple from Van Nuys, CA who was there celebrating their 40th anniversary.

But you don't want to hear about them: you want to hear about the Musketeers, don't you?

When I got there, I spotted Julia Sweeney as I was checking in. When, I got into the ballroom for the event, I spotted Christopher Hitchens surrounded by people looking for him to sign their books. He looked very much liked he'd been backed into a corner. His back was literally against the wall.

Who else? Matthew Chapman was there. (Cute, actually. :)) Richard Dawkins was there, trying not to look too jetlagged. Dan Dennett was there. I do have his book with me, but, like I said, I'm not really into autographs. The woman who wrote Infidel was there (though she did arrive a little late owing to her flight and/or security). I wish I could recall her name but I haven't gotten around to that book yet. I even have some evidence. I had the sense (good or otherwise) to bring my digital camera. I'm pretty sure I got decent photos of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. I tried a couple other people, but I think most of the otherd will turn out to be bad, either because someone walked into my shot, or there were just too many shoulders in the way, or something. But I will upload what managed to get once I get back.

Tomorrow there is a public lecture in the late morning on suicide bombings that I will try to go to. And, I want to see if I can hook up with the Rational Response Squad. Perhaps I will denounce the Holy Spirit, yes?

Anyway, tomorrow is a slow day, until 5ish. I did bring work to do with me (of course).

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