Unfortunately there were not too many sessions that I was terribly interested in, but it was excellent experience nonetheless. Last spring I presented at the Midwest Sociological Society, and had a blast! There were so many sessions I wanted to attend, I felt comfortable in the crowd and as a participant. Will have to go again, maybe to present my paper on Video gaming and online social networks. Hmm, I will definitely post that one, seeing as how it is already written. As well as forty plus pages of fieldnotes filled with screen shots/amazing-ness.
San Fran, you were so much fun to visit! From riding the buses for days, I feel like I got a good taste! Had much fun in your endless little shops and hidden places to explore. Berkely was fun too, many hippies, but hilarious ones. Almost lost a sweet print we bought, when grabbing a slice, but all ended well it is safely in my hands once again. :) We had endless tasty meals in your many and varying restaurants. And drinks as well!
It was a wonderful time, but glad to be back and feeling refreshed! Spent the last couple days getting life back in order, and today went on road trip with my friend Hannah! We visited this crazy museum, The House on the Rock, in rural Wisconsin.
It is an artists architectural house built into the rock, and garage full of millions of collections. Heres what I can remember: Charming, but dark house on the rock, giant whale and smaller octopus, Many MANY music machines. With benches to sit on and watch. I personally liked the Marching Band with orchestra (playing REAL instruments) Possibly suspended in air. Also endless collections of dolls, their respective 250 houses, two giant carousels, Every wall, ceiling and floor covered in plush carpet (love those sixties), also many more giant animals, guns, ORGANS, lady shaped vases, lighters, historical newspapers, etc.
Family: I feel like I have relived your life through pop culture. Quite fascinating. Definitely a composite of our cultural heritage in its best and worst. Maybe skip the last tour to avoid thinking the man was crazy. I too think he was as the sign reads "unstoppable genius!". Unstoppable indeed.
As the old man said, he never lived here for more than four days, this was his work.
What will those forty years from now think of my entire life's work all compiled into a one acre massive fun house?