Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
Trip End Apr 30, 2006

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

The conference was great :-D It was really exciting to hear everyone else's papers, especially those on topics I didn't know as much about. I think that everyone gave excellent presentations. :)

Mine went great as well... as soon as we got the computer running! That part was terrible... We tested it in the morning before any audience members got there, and it was working just fine. The thing with my videos is that I have to re-insert them so the PowerPoint knows where to pin-point the files. When I first got there to hook up my computer, it wouldn't connect. So I tried rebooting, and then it wouldn't reboot... After a while and a little panic of maybe 2-3 min, it finally decided to boot out of nowhere (my sign-up page showed up), and then it did connect and everything was superb. But when I got to re-insert the videos, now they plainly wouldn't work...! At this point they were out of extrapolating and questions for the 1st 2 presenters of the section, so I decided to forget it and show them through QuickTime. It was a little complicated at first, but someone familiar with the Alt+TAB helped out and it went rather smoothly considering :) In any cases, it provided a good ice breaker: "I apologize for these slight technical difficulties, what about the marvels of technology, huh?" :)

The good news though is that my paper won the best paper Award! :-D I wasn't really expecting it, everyone was so excellent :) Of course, they had judged this prior to today because they had a nice silver plate with the name of the person and the title of their paper and all ready ;-) I was so happy, especially since it's something I'm extremely interested in! I took a picture of it, but we can't see much of what's written on it. It says:

Presented to

Johanne Grenier
Carleton University


28 April 2006

Portland State University International Undergraduate Symposium in Art History

Pretty cool huh? We also all had a nice certificate of participation, I think it's nice that they gave those out :) Overall, it was a great day! The group is a really nice group of people, I've made a lot of new friends in the past two days. One of them was saying as we were exchanging e-mails "It's funny to say, but we're like colleagues exchanging contact info and networking", and it's true... I guess you just don't think of that that much when still in undergrad :P But it's fun anyway, some are working along the same fields, others are doing completely different stuff, one of them is even an active artist, hopefully I'll get to see his shows in NYC someday :)

After the conference, there were plans of going out and doing something, but it was a little scattered lol With all best intentions of forming one big group, we ended up in many smaller ones ;-) I went out to a very nice Italian restaurant with Paul and Anna, who were presenters as well, and Anna's boyfriend Sal. It was hilarious when the waiter, probably noticing an accent or something, asked us where we were from. We looked at each other, and told him he would find it very interesting and in fact wonder how the heck it happened that we were all eating together. He looked at us and told us he was now curious, so I started: "I'm from Ottawa, Canada." Paul: "I'm from Hamilton, Canada." Anna: "I'm from Poland." Sal: "I'm from Lake George, in New York State." (P.S. Anna and Sal met when we was on a student exchange in NY, or so I understood it). The waiter looked at us and said: "Indeed... how did this happen!" It was quite funny :) We told him about the symposium, he though it was cool. The only down part is that one of the other waiters inadvertently dropped my camera after taking a picture... It was an accident, I told him not to worry too much, it's rather cheap Wal-Mart camera. It's just too bad... We got a second bottle of wine free though, lol. I managed to take a FEW more pictures in the evening when it didn't freeze up, so I'm sure it's still repairable.

After dinner, we still couldn't reach the others, so we sat on a patio near the hotel and got a few drinks with Michael, another presenter from New York as well (Oswego). After a few hours Anna and Sal went to bed, but Paul, Mike and I stayed up until closing time at 2:30... Wow, I haven't been out in forever, it felt really good :) In fact, all three of us hadn't been out like that in awhile, it's easy to just get lost in the amount of work we need to do for school. Perhaps because it's also been awhile since we drank, we were quite tipsy tipsy if not drunk by the end of the evening lol I think I'll always remember stumbling back to an hotel across the country with 2 people I've just met mumbling memories of a conference in a mix of French, English, German and Spanish lmfao Then were all catching a flight this morning, as well as Anna and Sal, and meeting at the lobby at 4 am to share a taxi, and by that time it was 3 am, so we just came up to my room and chatted for a bit before they went finish packing. I suppose they are home by now.

I overslept a little this morning, and I really wanted to go visit some galleries which close at 5, so I should be heading out shortly. I'll buy a one-use camera for the rest of the day, and try to get mine fixed at home when I get back.


Portland, Oregon (USA)
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