I <3 NY

Aug. 15th, 2007 10:02 am
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Lesson 1: All flights in and out of New York City are late. 15 minutes late. 3 and a half hours late. Some kind of late. We and nearly everyone we talked to experienced this.

Short Restaurant Reviews )

Portland Square Hotel Review )
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Got up earlier today and went to breakfast at Eggspectations (or something like that) near the hotel, recommended in Monika's guidebook. HUGE breakfast. DELICIOUS. I went to a workshop about going on the job market as an LGBTQ sociologist. Interesting, may talk about it more later. Came back to the hotel afterwards for a nap. Then back to the conference at 2:30 to go to the presentation of research I've been working on with Erin. Four presenters and a discussant. The whole session was consistently good and interesting. Afterwards talking with Erin some and then went off to look at the book section but it was again closed. Their hours suck. Trying again tomorrow at 12:30. Paid my membership for Sociologists for Women in Society. Then we went to Chinatown, which mostly seems to be Chinastreet. Lots of restaurants and little shops down a corridor and then off several side streets. Nice and fun! We had dimsum for a very reasonable price, wasn't too shabby! Then we caught the shuttle and headed back to the hotel. We're resting now, may go out and do something later.
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We got up on time this morning and everything went smoothly. First session Mon and I both went to on innovative teaching techniques for soc classes. LOTS of good stuff. Next I went to a social movements session which included Liz, 1-year newly minted faculty formerly of UA. Not quite so informative overally but not boring. Then I went to lunch at a local deli on the corner of Baudry and St. Catherine and had a smoked meat sub sandwich, apparently a local speciality. It was basically smoked beef on a toasted sub (with cheese?) lettuce piled on (with tomato, which I removed) and I chose italian dressing to top it off. VERY good.

Saw Megan and Karen briefly before the afternoon sessions started. For the afternoon I went to the sexualities roundtables, in part just to see what the roundtables are like. Very informal, which is good considering I have nothing planned for Sunday. Monika also came to the roundtables, but participated in a different table. After that I went to a session on technology which talked about virtual and non-virtual communities in the context of online gaming (and LAN/gaming centers) as well as interaction in wireless access coffee shops. I left after those two presentations and went to a culture-focused session on boundaries which included our own UA faculty Ron B (though I missed his actual presentation, sadly). Several UA folk were there as well.

After that Mon and I met up again at the student reception and headed towards the sexualities section reception, which was a couple of blocks away in the basement of one of the hotels. Meh. Anyways, didn't know anyone there at first, though I eventually recognized one woman I had met at my PSA presentation session. We each introduced ourselves to a few other people, and to the section chair, though I am not much for the schmoozing/meeting people I don't know thing. Feels so awkward. So around 8 we headed back to the hotel. Megan and Karen eventally got back and we eventally decided to go off to eat in the Gay Village. Karen is coming down with strep she thinks, yikes! *makes sign of crucifix* I finally got some Canadian $$$ from an ATM there and we then ate at a local fast food joint. It was pretty good. I and Megan had a cheeseburger. Karen had a SQUARE chicken sandwich which she didn't eat. Monika went authentic Montreal and had smoked meat (which she didn't like and wasn't quite like my lunch) and some strange bucket of french fries with cheese and gravy (I forget the official name).

After that we went around to some of the clubs. First to the Drugstore, which is predominantly lesbian. We danced a bit, explored the SEVERAL levels of the club all the way to the roof. Then went back down to the patio area. We checked out the people around. I flirted (he kept looking at me and I would smile) with a guy who was there with his lesbian friends. After Karen finished her drink we went to Sky Cafe and checked out the drag show. Very impressive til they got to the talking/joke part, which dragged way too long. The main dance floor was apparently requiring a cover, so we tried Unity...which also required a cover. So we went back to the Drugstore. Eventually ended up nearly the same spot. Flirted some but a bit less with the guy. Laughed at some lesbian making fun of an effeminiate guy who stuck his butt in her face. Drank a little too much and talked about the hot women in the place. Karen suddendly decided it was time to go, and in fact it was if we wanted to catch one of the last Metro trains. So I downed my smirnoff and we left. Which left me a bit dizzy and silly, but we made it no problem back to the hotel. I'm almost back to normal now. We're going to bed. Mon and I are planning to get up early for breakfast, then off to an early morning session, then some time off. I then have to be back for the session with Erin at 2:30. Goodnight.
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Monika and I made it to Montreal, and Allen made it Memphis. We're still waiting for Megan and Karen, our roommates for the conference, to get here. They were hoping to be here by 10 and it is now almost 11:30.

It was unpleasant waking up at 3am to begin with (4 hours sleep = unhappy me), but in addition the first thing I noted was the terrorist plan thwarted in London. Allen's mom warned us they were going to not let us take liquids/gels on the plane. Luckily I had already packed a carry-on which we just converted to our checked baggage of toiletries. Then Mon and I each had a backpack. There was quite a delay both on our flight (ALL bags were searched before boarding) and then again in Denver for the connection flight though they didn't search bags before boarding there. We were supposed to fly out at 6:30 in Tucson but didn't board til then, or maybe later. I think we were supposed to board at 10:50 in Denver and we didn't board til after noon. We were the lucky ones from what I can tell on the news. Good thing we were getting an early start.

The fights themselves went smoothly and Air Canada is the shiznit. Cushy seats, great tilt, stereo headsets, in-flight movie. I'm flying to Canada more often.

Montreal is a big city! And very French. Yes, I have a firm grasp of the obvious. After we checked into the hotel we walked down Rue St. Catherine then south to Old Montreal. We ate gyros at the Restaurant Cafe McGill (I think? Glorified, localized Denny's basically - fun!). Skirted Chinatown, caught the Metro, and walked through the Gay Village. It is perhaps the gayest place I've every been.

Tomorrow, conference. Tomorrow evening, more touring the town.
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We're thinking about going to San Diego over Labor Day weekend. Anybody ever been? What should we do while we're there?


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