November 30, 2008
Hi, I'm Alison Hatt, one of the student bloggers for the fall meeting. I arrived in Boston a couple of hours ago and just managed to squeak in to registration before they closed. Always nice to skip the chaos of registration on the first morning. The airports weren't as crazy as I'd anticipated for the holiday weekend, and, aside from some serious turbulence around Denver and Boston,it was an smooth trip.
I'm coming from Santa Barbara, where I'm a grad student at the University of California, and the north-east winter is a bit of a shock to the system. It is cold and wet outside and definitely not the flip-flop weather I left behind. At least you can avoid the weather on the way to the convention center, as many of the hotels are linked to it via a giant shopping mall. In fact, one could feasibly get through this entire meeting without once stepping into the elements. This being my first time in Boston, however, I'm looking forward to getting out and checking out the city.
I hope everyone out there enjoys the blog. Have a good meeting!