SSA Conference

This is incredibly awesome. Robbie, Jeff and I went to the annual Secular Student Alliance this year. I guess Brendan was there too, but he didn't ride with us and has a bitchin' beard. Despite that drawback, our experience was roughly as awesome as the picture on the left.

We left on Thursday, delayed an hour only because Jeff can't remember to not misplace his iPod.

Way to go, Jeff.

We stopped somewhere in Wisconsin to eat lunch, and after seeing that the Culver's we stopped at was packed with a busload of kids, we decided to go next door to the equally packed Taco Bell. I'm not sure if I can convey my distaste for Taco Bell, besides mentioning that I refer to it as "Taco Hell," so I'll just say the food isn't that good. I mention this stop because as we got up to the counter, we saw the person working there.

I have never seen a more dejected person in my life.

He was saying "Welcome to Taco Bell, what can I get you?" but his eyes were saying "DEAR GOD PLEASE KILL ME NOW."

The rest of the trip down there was uneventful (except for MBMBaM, which is digital awesome) but if you want a more complete picture, you can look at the twitter record of #CASHroadtrip. Also, goddamn it was long. Do you know how long 14 hours is? It's like, more than half a day. Also, Red Roof Inns aren't as shitty as I was expecting.

Friday was the Columbus Zoo and the realization that Ohio is a humid hellhole. I didn't actually look at the weather all weekend, but I'm pretty damn sure that it was like 90˚F and 90% humidity. The plan was to have our guide, an OSU anthropologist, talk about various exhibits as we got to them, but the heat and the constant drone of people bitching about the heat prevented that. When he finally gave his presentation, it was really interesting.

When we got back to the dorm after the awards presentations Friday night, I had a really good time hanging out with people down in the lobby, talking about different issues, Pokémon, and random bullshit.

Saturday started off disappointingly because of the conspicuous absence of promised donuts, but once we got into the swing of things, all was forgiven. There were several interesting talks, I'm not going to go into specifics here for sake of brevity, that made it well worth the trip. Ellery Schempp and Greta Christina were the keynotes, and they both rocked.

Robbie and I, however, were distracted by something Neil deGrasse Tyson said. Despite our best efforts, we couldn't get NDT out to Buffalo Wild Wings with us, unfortunately. I ended up turning in early, but I'm told there was an after-party, and it was crazy.

We were forced to leave just as the festivities were starting Sunday, and consequently missed friend of the blog Hemant Mehta's talk. The trip was uneventful (again, see #CASHroadtrip) but we did stop at a Steak n Shake at my insistance. ZOMG why don't we have those in Minnesota? It baffles me.

Anyway, that's the SSA conference 2010.

Hank is a part-time atheist and full-time burger enthusiast. You can follow his twitterfications here.