The closest to Normal (Illinois) that I've ever been.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Away: Idaho

I have not been home in almost three weeks. And where I have I been? First, a week in Moscow, Idaho for the Evolution meeting. As some may recall, Danny and I (and briefly, Sam) lived not far from Moscow in Albion, WA when I did my Master's at WSU. I have not been back in 10 years.

Some things looked the same as I remembered them to be (Steptoe Butte, the rolling hills of wheat and Dissmore's IGA).

Some things were very different (the WSU campus).

Some things I did not recall, so I have no idea whether or not they had changed (The U of I campus is really lovely). And some things that I thought were true when I was living there were revealed to be untrue (no comment).

I had a great time catching up with people from WSU, UCR and everywhere else. The meeting served the purpose that academic meetings usually serve for me (1) a child-free week with my various academic friends (bad-influence and otherwise) sciencing and drinking (2) re-invigorate my passion in research, which sometimes gets trammelled down by the realities of actually conducting scientific research (3) make new friends/contacts.

That the meeting was in the Palouse made the whole thing oddly poignant. I met with people that I had not seen in 10 years, which was lovely and kind of odd--I think that 10 years ago I was not really a grown-up yet. And now I am.

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