Stop the World – I Want to Get Off


Let me just state for the record: As much as I will miss all my friends who will be at ALA (including the wholesale category I forgot when I was making decisions) and as much as I wish I had been able to accept the offer to be on a panel discussion of a topic near and dear to my heart I am so happy I am not going. I simply cannot do a 3rd conference in a 4-week span.

I am so far behind!

I have barely scratched the surface of reporting on NASIG (not entirely my fault as the slides were not posted before I left for NASKO) and I now have the wonderful and historic NASKO and forming of ISKO-NA to report on.

I have a class that started last Tuesday and already missed a full day (on campus session) on Wednesday [Thanks for the notes, Ben!]. I have to finish my Terminology Services independent study. I have homework.

I have to do my CV. I have to buy an interview suit. I seriously need to talk with some folks as there are things afoot and damn it I am their librarian!

I have pictures to upload which require metadata.

And let’s just leave the household stuff alone, except for the fact that I have a mildew issue and thus cannot close up the apartment and use the AC (not all that effective anyway) and it’s in the mid-90s today. And then there’s what the mildew does to me ….

Anyway ….

I have really enjoyed these conferences the last few weeks. I have seen old friends, met new ones, met my intellectual crush, met other leaders in my area(s) of interest, been present for a historic occasion, fell in love with a big city.

Thanks to those who provided me transportation, housing, conversation and friendship. My heart is strengthened by all that people do for me. I only hope that my efforts to uplift others is also useful, and that when I am in a place where I can do the sorts of things that others have been doing for me that I do so.

I have put/am putting pictures of my Toronto trip in 2 sets at Flickr: O, Canada and NASKO 2007. The 1st is more touristy and the 2nd more conferency. My amazing friend Jennimi also took photos.

Hopefully I will have more to say about both conferences and other things. So much going on in this little head of mine and so little time for any of it. As much as I wish I was “producing” and not just consuming, I am very grateful to all those who I admire and respect who have counseled me to just keep reading and that “it” will come out when I’m ready.

Jenny, Jennimi, June, Steve, Kathryn and others. Thank you.

5 thoughts on “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

  1. Thanks, Jennifer … same to you!

    Tracy, I’m glad you said “movie date” cause you know I don’t date married women. I might be “in love” with 3 or 4 of them, but I won’t date them. 😉

  2. Hey, Mark,

    I’ll still miss you at ALA, but understand why you can’t be there. Sometime we’ll meet up again! Have a great weekend–hope Jenny delivered that hug designated for you last weekend. 🙂

    always, Em

  3. I’ll miss you, too, beautiful!

    One plus of not going (although I just found out earlier this evening) is that Sara is rushing home from OH this weekend to get some of her stuff from her Mom’s. Seems Mary & Terry may be moving to GA soon…. I’m glad I don’t actually have to choose between my daughter or my friends, but I know you wouldn’t want me to choose anyway.

    I only hope that my choices get me what I think I want. And, perhaps, more importantly, I hope what I think I want is what I actually do want.

    Enjoy yourself at the big bash and say “Hi” to those I care about for me (and giving hugs in my name is good to).

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