...and boy, are my arms tired. (rimshot) It was a perfectly wonderful experience, even my lunatic decision to make a road trip out of it which totaled over 2600 miles in the end. But as I've already told many folks, it was just my desire to gafiate* for a while, and by taking a little highway tour of the Desert Southwest (a part of the country I love anyway), I could take things at my own pace, not feel like I was rushing through airport check-ins, or anything of that nature. A vacation, not a trip, was what I was after, and that's what I got. Thoroughly enjoyable in every way, despite coming home to the bittersweet news of George Carlin's passing.
I'm not going to compose my full report of the thing just yet. I'm still fairly tired and just want an evening or two to decompress. But in the interim, here's my Flickr set for the conference, complete with at least one of my road-diary shots. And I simply have to give a shout-out to my Aussies, Lloyd and Rachel McAlpine and Alan Conradi, who made an already enjoyable conference even more special and memorable. Apart from being fantastic people, they are quite possibly the biggest AE fans in the whole world. I look forward to seeing them all again next year, and I'm sure we'll all be in touch frequently between now and then.
Off to play with my dogs now...more later.
*gafiate: (v) Neologism I discovered in the world of science fiction fandom, comprising an acronym for "Get Away From It All." Gerund: gafiating. "Are you in town on business?" "Nope, I'm just gafiating." (Confused stare.)