Right now, there are 2000 librarians in Crystal City, Virginia at Computers in Libraries 2009. For the first time in a long time, I’m not there.
I’m sad because I’m not getting a burst of enthusiasm and glee from the chance to travel. I’m sad because I’m not spending several days dedicated to learning new things. I’m sad because I’m not sitting in the lobby at the Hyatt talking to fascinating, fun, brilliant people. I’m sad because I’m not reconnecting with people and ideas that will keep me energized for weeks, if not months. I’m sad because other people are doing those things without me. I’m sad because I’m not feeling like I’m a part of something bigger than the day-to-day, stuck here in the day-to-day.
And I like traveling. I like learning. I like connecting with people and ideas. I like being part of something bigger than just doing the work.
Ah, well. There are other conferences, and there will be other years. If you’re at CiL, have fun, learn a lot (from your peers and the sessions), and make connections.
I’ll be doing all of that vicariously and remotely, wishing I were there to throw my arm around Iris’s shoulders, and laugh with Steve and Chadwick, and plot world domination and writing projects with Amy, and beg Tim for more tshirts, and finally actually meet Mary Carmen, and count the Lauras, and take furious notes about stuff I want to learn more about later. Enjoy, folks. Wish I were there.