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Convention Thoughts

Well, it's that time of year again, time for the 45th Annual Convention of the American Council of the Blind. Since I'm not there in person this year, I'm participating as much as I can by listening to the audio stream provided by ACB Radio. I can't even begin to imagine how much work goes into getting the streams working, both for the general sessions and also for the exhibit hall. At this point though, I'd like to just write down some of my thoughts of the convention so far.

First, I've been to two conventions now, Birmingham, Alabama in 2004 and Las Vegas, Nevada in 2005. I went first as alternate delegate for Wisconsin and then as delegate, which has meant a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. I wasn't overly disappointed that I wasn't going this year because Florida in July isn't exactly my idea of a good time. However, now that it's actually started I'm wishing I was there. In two years it kind of became an event that I looked forward to each year. Before my first convention I read that a lot of people said that the conventions were addictive, and now I can understand what they mean. SMILE! We definitely plan to attend the 2007 convention, especially since it's in Minnesota, and since it's right next to Wisconsin, it'd be really sad for me to miss that one. However, I don't plan to go as alternate or delegate next year. I want to go and have fun, (well, even more fun than I've all ready had), and not necessarily have any obligations. I've all ready read information about the hotel and restaurants for next year, and it's really getting me interested all ready! So, here's to 2007!

Next, there's the thoughts on this current convention. My only disappointment so far is that the stream appeared to cut out before the end of the session last night, so I missed the very end of the affiliate roll call. For those that are unfamiliar with what that is, it's a roll call of each state and special interest affiliate group where the delegate and alternate delegate are announced, along with the name of the person who will be serving on the nominating committee, and finally the number of chairs that each group will need during the general session. By far this year the largest affiliate was Florida, but of course that makes sense because the convention is in Florida. SMILE! Since my first convention though, I've always looked forward to this roll call because I like to know how many representatives are there from each state. So, that's one thing I looked forward to each year. And, I have to admit it, the two years that I attended I was the one making the announcements for Wisconsin, and there's something really neat about hearing yourself amplified throughout a very large room. I admit it, I'm nuts! SMILE! But, oh well. What are you going to do, right?

Wow! They just had a speaker that I suspect is going to start some wars! They had a senator from Florida who pretty much said that the government is overrun by republicans. Whether I agree or not is beside the point, but I can only imagine what some people are thinking!

Anyway, there's more I want to write, but I'm going to end this entry so that I can concentrate more fully on the speakers. And, I'm probably not making much sense right now anyway because I'm trying to listen and write at the same time. So, more later!