I didn’t go.
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Oh, did you want more than that? Um… yeah okay I think I can find a couple of things to say.
I am relatively new to the world of organized skepticism. I didn’t start defining myself as ‘a skeptic’ until shortly after I moved to Vancouver, and even then it was a label that got tacked on among a bunch of others that were much higher on the list in terms of how I saw myself. As a result, I’ve never really felt a strong desire to connect with other skeptics for skepticism’s sake. Vancouver has a skeptic community full of really cool people who I like to spend time with because they’re fun, not because they’re skepty. Things like the Reason Rally aren’t a big draw for me, therefore – there are a lot of things happening in my life, and flying around the continent to stand in a crowd doesn’t have the same appeal to me as it does to others. I think the Rally was a good idea, but just not super tantalizing to me personally.
A few people expressed their disappointment that I wasn’t able to make it to the Reason Rally, and that does bum me out a bit because most Cromrades (at least the ones who post comments) seem like the kind of cool people I would enjoy spending time with, regardless of their skeptiness. Additionally, a lot of the FTBorg was there, and it would have been cool to hang out with Hank Fox and JT Eberhard and Martin Wagner for the first time (not to mention how amazing it would be to meet Greta Christina). So it would have been a lot of fun to be in DC, and if I lived anywhere close by, I would go to the next one.
That being said, there is a nearby freethought conference happening in May that I am glad to be attending. If you live in the area, you should consider being in attendance. I won’t be presenting or anything – I’ll just be hanging around, taking in the scenery, attending the talks. If you see me, you should come say ‘hello’. I will probably say something back. Possibly also ‘hello’.
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