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NSTA Conference in Boston

After I had given up on attending the NSTA Conference in Boston, the funding came through, followed by flight and hotel confirmations. So I'm going.

I had signed up for a day at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, which I've wanted to see since I was a little kid. Naturally, what with confirmation for the trip coming so late, that activity is sold out, as is another that I'd hoped to attend.

In looking at the web site today, however, I see that there are hundreds of activities every day at this conference. This thing must be HUGE! Most of the activities are one-hour lectures, presentations, or demonstrations, but for example, on the day when I will NOT be visiting Woods Hole, there are eight-hundred and five other options for me to attend! Most of them, as I said, are one-hour presentations, and most of them are free! I guess it's now a matter of penciling in some options (based on location and time) and then running around as though I were at Comic Con.

Another option, of course, is to schedule or plan nothing for Friday and waste NASA's money playing tourist around Boston: Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution, that kind of thing. Maybe catch the ferry out to George's Island. I already checked on Sox games at Fenway, but there's nothing happening during conference week.

This being my first conference, and a big-time national one at that, I suppose I'd better make the most of the educational opportunities, both for my own professional growth and to make a good impression on my administrators. My understanding, from past conference attendees, is that I'm lucky to be going sans-administration; when admin goes to these things, their main concerns are getting everyone together for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and "going out" in the evenings. My plan is to do "scienc-y" stuff, maybe squeeze in some Bostonish stuff, and to get to sleep early.

Two other teachers from my school are going. Their funding came from a different source, and their flights and hotels were booked separately, so we're neither flying together nor staying at the same hotel. Awwwww....

I'm so awful, aren't I?


Speaking of Comic Con: as with most things I look forward to in my life, it looks like Comic Con won't be happening for me this year. The date falls precisely when school starts here next year.

I suppose an advantage were I to be fired or not rehired for next year (ah, the constant insecurity of probationary status!) is that I would have no time constraints on attending Comic Con. But, of course, I'd be broke, so I wouldn't be able to go anyway.

I read some months ago that hotels near the Comic Con site in San Diego were already completely booked solid.

A year from now I want my life to be way different than it is now; different in a better way, in every way, kinda like Dr. Emile Coué used to say.


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Mar. 5th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I tried to get a hotel for ComicCon a couple months ago, and yeah, they were all sold out. And I even went through the hotel sites, so it wasn't like I was just trying to get the Comiccon blocks. :( So no con for me either!

Awesome that you get to go to your conference though! Hope you have a great time!
Mar. 6th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
So you were thinking about going too, eh?

I'm really disappointed about this... and will become moreso as the date approaches. Like I said, I really want to try to be in a better position for doing these things next year.
Mar. 5th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Check your Flickr mail. There's a lady oceanographer at Woods Hole from whom I'm sure you could have very personal and very memorable tour.
Mar. 6th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Yessss..... thank you to Trippy for suggesting we look up that "friend of a friend."

I actually got a quasi-"okay" from the school principal today, who suggested I use at least some of the time there for sight-seeing. "It's a very historical city, you know, there's a lot to see. You should take a digital camera, you could take photos to use in your lessons."

Boston... historical? Who'd have thought?
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
eight-hundred and five other options

Oh well, you just need days with 800 hours. ^_^
I have been to a few 'conventions' and 'conferences' and I never liked them. I felt more regrets for what I missed that joy for what I attended.
Mar. 6th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
That's what I'm kind of afraid of. I'm trying to banish that mind-set, and simply focus on getting the most out of whatever I get to do... and hoping it includes some micro-brews.
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