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Husband has been safely retrieved
It's been a slightly strange couple of weeks. Last week we were rushing around making sure everything was organised for G's trip to New Orleans to give a paper at the American Meteorological Society's annual conference in New Orleans, then this week I had a quiet and restful week on my own. Today's most important task, therefore, was to retrieve G from the railway station in Wrexham. He will not carry a mobile phone, which means I have no way of knowing that everything has gone to schedule, but thankfully it did and I had only been waiting on the platform for a couple of minutes when the train from Manchester arrived. After an uneventful drive home, he is sleeping off the jet lag.

He has brought me yet another bag...

It seems to be a rigid law of the universe that attendees at academic conferences must be given a bag. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection. I use one to keep my Welsh books together to take to my Welsh class and I had another that I always used for the BA Education course. That is now redundant because I have finished the course, but another (acquired at a conference in Amsterdam) is used occasionally when I go into town on the bike and yet another is currently holding the stuff for the AS-Level Maths course.

Thankfully the recent trend seems to be to provide bags that can be used as re-usable shopping bags, so the new one will be added to the two that he brought back from the American Geophysical Union's conference in San Francisco in December 2010 and will be in regular use conveying food from the Co-op supermarket to our home.

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ellarien From: ellarien Date: January 28th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, conference bags! I have a nice AMS one myself from a couple of years ago -- the joke was that they give out nice big bags to facilitate the collecting of trinkets from the exhibition hall -- as well as a couple of nice canvas shoulder bags from an earlier era that I used (with the addition of a padded sleeve) as laptop bags for years, and some little shoulder bags that are no particular use at all. The one I use regularly for carrying shopping, as well as bulky stuff to and from church, is a rather handsome one from Aarhus University. I also collected, over the years, a couple of umbrellas, a couple of portfolio-things, various mugs, a corkscrew, a Slinky, and a laser-pointer-cum-USB-stick. And that's just the official conference trinkets, not counting stuff given away in exhibition halls.
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: January 29th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear some of those bags are finding new life after all the convention handouts have been filed or recycled.

(And the odd giveaways! I had a foam-rubber thyroid for a while, with brand-name advertising, which actually found a useful niche as well: hand exercise tool for a friend with neurological problems.)
hairmonger From: hairmonger Date: January 29th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
My conference bags, all from the eighties, are still in use. They don't all travel outside the house: some of them store things in closets and the pantry. The one that shrank drastically when washed keeps the seldom-used kitchen utensils from rattling their way to the back of the drawer.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: January 29th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah bags. Five North American Folk Alliances, shopping bag style; five Folk Arts England Conferences; briefcase style; and several folk festival bags, most of which have now disappeared to some little baggy corner of the universe except for the Lunenburg FolkHarbour Festival one which came with its own bag-sized piece of foam and therefore became either a bag or a portable cushion - absolutely brilliant when the festival concert seating consists of hard plastic chairs.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: February 9th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Humph. I've only ever received one bag from one conference. Most of the time archaeology conferences issue their delegates with a cheap plastic wallet with a press-stud on the flap. I've got a few of those.
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