Geek Convention

Okay... so lemme tell you about my weekend... 

Saturday

I had a study group at 5... downtown.  I left at 4:30 and made my way there.... Some background info for those who have never been to Downtown San Antonio....... it's a mess... beautiful big buildings... horrible one way streets.  Well before I even made it there, the sun was in my eyes and I made a wrong turn... my attempts to turn back around were in vain as I ended up on many different freeways.  I was lost for over an hour... well not lost, but unable to get back.  I finally get to the street I need, only to realize, it's one way.... and I'm at the wrong side..... I spent another half hour working on that with Boyfriend on the phone the whole time (I don't understand downtown... but he does)... we were studying at Denny's and I FINALLY got there... thankfully only one person had left... so I sat... Entertaining us was the family next to us that was working at getting a free meal... even the daughter who had to be 11 was like 'you should just complain a lot so you can get it for free' to her dad... well the manager shows up and is like, 'I'm sorry, we'll take care of it.'  *guy keeps whining*... manager is like, "I'm sorry sir, I will personally take care of this for you."  *guy continues to be an bottom-meany-roonie to manager*... manager is getting annoyed and knows he doesn't have to take this, and for what he said next, he's my hero... he goes "SIR, did you hear me? I said I was going to take care of you. You and your family don't have to be  SMARTASSES, I can make you leave and throw my food away, it won't hurt my feelings."  WHOO!!!!!!  I like him... that made being lost for an hour and a half completely worth it.  Oh, and I guess for being next to that family, the manager gave us 25% off our meal.  It was great.

Well, I had to go home and pack after all of this, because I had to be at the airport at 5 AM, and I've yet to even start packing.  I get through packing around 10.... and head over to Boyfriend's house since he was going to drop me off.  I get over there and take a shower, and get ready for bed...... he's not home yet, because he went to his uncle's wedding reception.

I'm already having trouble breathing, because I have an irrational fear of airplanes... I doze here and there, but don't get any sleep.

 

Sunday

My alarm on my phone goes off at 4... I thought it would be hard to get up, but I was still freaking out about flying so I wasn't really sleepy... tired, yes... but not sleepy.  I got up, threw my hair in a ponytail... made a weak attempt at makeup... and went to wake Boyfriend up... it was sorta supposed to be the other way around, he'd get up, and then drag me to the car.... but he got way drunk at the reception... and I was in the midst of a heart attack.... after struggling to get him up, he got dressed... we drove to the airport... by the time we pulled up to the terminal, I was nearly hyperventilating and I couldn't stop crying... not from sadness... guess stress or something...  

So Boyfriend turns the car around and we leave... after about 20 or so minutes of driving around and me trying to calm down, I finally tell him that I can't not go because I'll get more shit from that... I think I'd rather have my plane crash rather than deal with my family's whining and moaning.... I ask him this time to park and at least come inside with me... figuring that'd be the only way I'd be sure to go in. Fast forward to security... they ran my stuff a million times... all because the Ipod was wrapped in a beanie... morons.... got on the airplane at 6:30 and concentrated on not hyperventilating... 

Fast forward... two planes later... I'm in Tennessee... take a taxi to the hotel, it's almost 2pm... but we can't check in till 2:30... and then we can't check in till 4... well 3 comes around and they have the rooms ready... by then we're starving (at least I am, because I haven't eaten yet and have been awake since 4 AM... and that panic attack made me sick to my stomach... turns out, my stomach hurt for the entire day... which made all my overeating hard to take.... we get to our rooms, drop our stuff and out the door we go... we found this little place called "The Tomato Head"..... great pizza... seemed like a health food/ pizza place... weird... lots of sprouts and tofu and other weird stuff... I ordered the cheese on cheese on cheese with no sauce pizza... probably the most unhealthy thing they had... and it was DELICIOUS... different cheeses... mmmmmmmm  

We go to the 'Early Comers Welcome' thing... it was interesting... socialized with some other schools and listened to a few people talk... ate some... wandered around... then around 7 we went back to our hotel..... then decided (after waiting a bit to let our bodies recover) to go across the street to Chesapeaks... this AWESOME seafood restaurant... very expensive though... but it wasn't our money so who cares lol...  I ordered the Fillet Mignon with Grilled Shrimp... little did I know it came with a salad (their Italian dressing is awesome... homemade... and spicy) aaaaaand a side... the onion rings were great, but the 'side' was as big as my entree.... $40... it was awesome though. 

Went back to the hotel and went to bed so we could be prepared for the next morning... the actual geek convention.....

 

Monday now comes the good stuff

Wake up early... but not too early... we decided that if we missed breakfast, it wouldn't hurt our feelings lol... well when we got there, breakfast was still going on, and of course, I can't resist more food (see foamy.. I eat A LOT A LOT... I can't help that I can't gain weight).. BAD IDEA....... after being full, they kept us at the tables as they had people give these speeches... Five of them... Archimedes writings... Nanoscience... Green Energy... ITER (nuclear fusion)... and Supernovas... all very interesting... but when you're exhausted, and full... it's really hard to stay awake.... yeah... I kept nodding off lol.. And then just some speakers being boring. 

Then it's time for the exhibits... Went booth to booth picking up tons of brochures and pamphlets and cards... and novelties... mostly internship info, fellowships, scholarships, and recruiting schools...  All booths were full except the University of Virginia... You'll hear more about this booth in a minute.

Lunch time MORE FOOD YAAAAAAAY!!... I love food!  And while we ate... one guy sat up there and talked about himself... I've never been so bored in my life... I just didn't care to hear it... It was his life story, that had no point.... if there *was* a point, I either missed it, or it wasn't a very good one. But the lady who sat next to me was part of the Computer Science room... she introduced me to some guy who gave me a bunch of info... evidently he controls the group that decides who gets to use this super computer... 119 terabytes... of memory I think... and they're getting ready to upgrade to somewhere around 270 terabytes..  and I forgot the processing speed... I was full and had a hard time listening... 

Well me and my roommate came out of the room to see the University of Virginia booth... There was a guy there, but since there was other booth's items on the desk, we were confused so we walked up... he started talking about UV and something about a great football team... we just looked at each other like 'is this guy serious?'  Then he just started laughing telling us that he was a student and his feet were hurting so he sat down... so we laughed and then just started socializing... even some media guy came by and saw us being stupid so he filmed us.  Finally we got bored and grabbed some chairs and sat down behind the desk as well... people started coming up to us asking about UV... We were telling them that we were recruiting Geology Majors since we had a shortage of miners as of recently (Yes, that was so wrong, but it was funny to see the people's faces) and we explained that we didn't have anymore brochures because we were 'packing up'... it was a lot of fun...

One last gathering to hear boring people talk.. and whoosh... it was 4 pm... time to go... we left... The taxi driver was nuts... the first one (when going to the hotel Sunday) didn't wear a seatbelt, and didn't use turn signals... not even when changing lanes... not even around the cop.... the second one was worse though... he had 2 cell phones... and if he wasn't on one, he was on the other... and almost rammed into 3 vehicles...  

The second plane, it was so nice... I even had the whole back row to myself... too bad that when we were beginning to come down, (after the beautiful view of lit up San Antonio) we went back up.... ??????? Remember when I said I was afraid of planes... yeah... I started shaking... the intercom came on... and the captain let us know that there was a 'problem' and that we would be flying around for a bit.... I'm not stupid... I've been on planes hundreds of times... I knew we were burning fuel....... so we went away from San Antonio, and then after a bit, came back..... I was still shaking... We started to land...... when we hit the ground I was hoping not to hit hard... and luckily, all went well... although I started shaking worse when I looked out the window to see lots of cops and firetrucks around us... before they opened the door, they let us know that the flaps on the wings weren't working correctly, but that they fixed themselves eventually... 

Boyfriend was there tio pick me up, and had washed my car, and clayed it... and cleaned out the inside... and shampooed the carpets.... and had made me a big pink sign... and brought me a red and white rose... and a coke (aww... I love coke)...

Once home I didn't make it 15 minutes after Boyfriend left before I passed out... I finally could rest without being in fear of flying.

And that was the Geek Convention...

I'm sorry, it was the Day of Science done by the Department of Energy.... 1200 students from 125 schools... science majors... to be recruited into doing crazy science things for the future...

I thought the info on ITER was most interesting... if you're curious you can go to www.iter.org...

The info on Archimedes is very interesting as well... the guy who chatted about it was Uwe Bergmann (who's in the picture at the following link)... if you want to read more about it (it's X-Raying his writings)  go to  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14226275/

Anyway...... there seemed to be a lot of people trying to recruit students so we can create more cars that don't run on fossil fuels... it's a great idea, but that's not for me... so I'll have to just sit and wait for them to come out (and be cheaper than they are now)...

So yeshhh.... I wish you guys could have been there... it was awesome... I wish I could remember what everything was called... big long names for these neat little devices... Polyband somethin or others... these little flat square things... you shine a light through it, and it only lets certain wavelengths through... it'll make lighting more efficient (evidently lightbulbs are only 6% efficient) ... magnetic refrigeration... some thing that makes light bend the OTHER way... all sorts of things... I love science.

Okay, I'm hungry.. and I haven't had Ramen in about a week.... so I'm going to go make me some!

I also wish I could have spent another day there... I want to go back... I'd maybe even live there... maybe... I like the city life... even though I'm not in the real 'city'.. and that place didn't seem very city like... hard to explain... maybe later once I have Ramen noodles in me. 

 

 

   

   

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