My first year, I met Roger Hill. The conversations were over my head, but the people were genuine. The last few years I've tried to make it up, but it's been more hit than miss due to weather, sickness, babies, and all of life's reasons that make you miss some great things.
This year I made it and had a great time.
Lawrence, KS is the home of KU. In addition to being a college town, it has a very laid back and great air to the city. While walking down main street under the light of a huge full moon a UFO summit was being held. Didn't see any green men for the exception of a frat boy with a little too much beer.
I found my old haunt, The Red Lyon Tavern, had a shot of Jamesons and a pint of Smithwick's for my friends no longer with me. Not that they are dead, just the business of life in a college town, they've moved on. This place has board games laying around and Tobasco to heap on popcorn (trust me, try it).
|Ah Conspiracy Theories and full moons go together like steak and eggs.|
|Tim Samaras and myself|
I also met a meteorologist from the Severe Storm Lab in Norman, OK that has sent some educational things that I will use in the classroom. Special thanks to Severe Studios (http://www.severestudios.com/) that held a raffle in memory of Matt Hughes. I won a strip of Sean Casey's "Tornado Alley" IMAX film.
One thing of interest is the southern part of Douglas County (were Lawrence resides) went under a severe thunderstorm warning during the Symposium. A crowd made up of emergency managers, storm chasers, and media thinned fairly quick and went to work.
It was a great weekend. I highly recommend the conference for those interested in weather. Not just chasing. Education never hurts. Now if we can only have storms. . .