I attended the College English Association 41st Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas this weekend. This is the first time I attended the CEA conference but I hope that it is not the last time. The conference theme was "Voices" and I presented on Science 2.0 and how Web 2.0 tools are being used to open science to public scrutiny and enable the voices of science technicians. I met many wonderful English scholars from all across the USA who were nothing but kind to me and the panel discussions were truly engrossing.
I was last in San Antonio in 1998 for an RTDA show and I have always regretted not going to the Alamo so this time I made time to find it (and I was not alone!). That is one busy tourist destination!
Of course on trip to San Antonio is complete without a trip to the River Walk. The last time I visited, the River Walk was not so impressive. I think that half of Texas was looking for a place to eat along the waterway.
I ended up at an English pub that allowed pipe smoking and offered free WiFi. The food was not especially great and they did not offer free Diet Coke refills, but the evening was cool, the servers were friendly, and everyone was having a good time.
Good times. Now I have to finish the dissertation.