September 30th, 2007


it's over

Today was the last day of the conference. There were some morning sessions, but it was done by noon. I really didn't feel obliged to hang around for the awards for the conference volunteers. One of the talks was on secular ceremonies this morning, but I don't think I ever attended a baptism or a confirmation/bat(r) mitzvah, or the like, and I was in my 30's before I even went to a funeral, I was forced to get over that attracting to ritual a long time ago.

I forgot to mention yesterday I talked to a couple from ND, a guy originally from Columbus but now living in NYC. I also chatted with one of the cameramen filming the event and a reporter from Zurich covering the event for Welt Woche.

Tomorrow I head back to work. I spent most of the day vegging because tomorrow it will be an early morning followed a full workday.

I have some comment forms I can send back when I get home. The general ones I'll probably fill out, but I keep going back and forth about sending comments to individual speakers. I really can't stand the idea of sounding just like everyone else. On the off-chance that I was remembered, heaven forbid that I should be recalled as someone who was just like the rest of the crowd. I'll have to think about this some more.

I also think that after lsitening to Julia Sweeney introduce Richard Dawkins at the awards banquet last night, I'm really going to have to work on taking "oh my god" out of my vocabulary. I started it because it pissed religious people off when I was 13, but constantly repeating it made Julia sound like a valley girl... I'm just going to have to fall back on common vulgarity instead, I suppose.