Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 4 (Saturday) at the FGS Conference

It goes so fast.  four days sounds like a long time, but it's all a blur while experiencing it.

*  I even slept in until 7:30...and we went down for breakfast in the hotel, and I was over to the Convention Center by 8:30 a.m.  I tried to go up the back way to the Blogger Cage and they had put a locked gate across it.  Back down to the meeting room area, and I sat in on Audrey Collins talk on "The Parish" fir the last half hour. 

*  The Exhibit Hall opened and I found my place in the Blogger Cage, got the computer out and on and connected, and read my email and blogs.  I spent most of the morning writing my Friday writeup at the FGS Conference, although I went out into the exhibit area several times for a walk and to see specific people.  It took awhile to finish my blog post because my Official Blogger colleagues (you know who you are, CMP, ALC, TM, DM, DR, LA, et al) are really smart and funny and we laugh a lot about blog posts, tweets, and people. 

*  Thomas gave me his ticket to the Genealogical Speakers Guild luncheon over at the Hilton, so I walked over at 12 noon on the 29th floor of the Hilton Hotel, facing south.  The luncheon featured a ham sandwich with a fruit cup... and Tim Pinnick was the speaker on "After Teaching Middle School, I Can Do ANYTHING: Advice on Public Speaking."  Tim described the challenges of teaching middle school, and applied some of those lessons to his advice to GSG members.  While I was gone, Thomas hosted the FGS MySociety Radio Show.

*  Back to the Exhibit Hall, and I took some pictures.  I stopped by the Ancestry booth to talk to Mark and Laurel about Ancestry Content Publisher, then back to the Blogger Cage to write the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post just in time. 

*   More exhibit hall wandering, more sharing at the Blogger Cage, then it was time to pack up so I could meet Linda for dinner.  I spent some time on the way out talking to Louise St. Denis about the National Institute of Genealogical Studies programs - that is very impressive. 

*  Linda and I went out the door at 4:30 p.m. to meet our friends who live near Springfield, but were in Chula Vista for many years.  They took us to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  We don't have them in California, but we've eaten at them in Maryland and Missouri, and this one didn't disappoint.  I managed to regale them with my answers to "why are you going to Wisconsin?"  I explained my Devier J. Lamphear Smith research challenges, and then my Leland/Natvig Norwegian research challenges.  Linda told them about our Scandinavian trip back in 1999.  They had us back to the hotel by 7 p.m., and I wrote this post and wrote a Best Of post for Sunday. 

We are off to Fort Wayne on Sunday.  I will be at Allen County Public Library on Monday to do some research in periodicals and books on my "to-be-found" list. 


J. Paul Hawthorne said...

I don't know how you manage it all. To much info. Too little time. You must have a big brain, LOL.

GeniAus said...

Thanks for the Official posts, Randy. I hope you and Linda have a wonderful time researching and relaxing as you make you way back down south.