I came across T.S Abe on Tumblr. I know very little about her, but this animated self-portrait is too striking not to share! What I do know about her is that she is a UK-based fashion illustrator and created this masterpiece from a series of 15 individual graphite drawings. I’m in love! The side-eye is fierce and elegant! I love the arts! Truly, madly, deeply!
The overnight school-wide trip was a step up from the slumber party. In like manner, conferences are a step up from the overnight school trip. Conferences just mean you likely have a salary now and so don’t need to share Cokes from the vending machine you were warned not to purchase from with your friends. More often that not, folks in attendance had gone through their college years of mischief, although at ABC, I met several undergrads. So, while nights out til 4:30 am trolling the streets of Boston were followed by uncensored yawns through the morning speaker and first panel, there was still the overt overnight school trip posturing and rascality. Only that now, the end game was not to be considered cool or dip into the hotel’s swimming pool after hours while unsuspecting teachers snored upstairs. No, people spent hundreds of dollars in conference fees and hotel arrangements to find one or more of the following three things:
1| a potential job
2| potential new networks
3| a potential partner
It is rumored that frequent ABC attendees make the Boston pilgrimage once a year to find one or more of these very specific relationships. In fact, one attendee bragged they had participated every year for the past four years, claiming that at least 20 marriages or engagements result from ABC annually. As a social scientist, I have my doubts; I’d like to see some data. Moreover, I wonder if said attendee received all 20 or so wedding invitations every year. If that were my lot, I would probably skip the ABC conference strategy altogether and go with finding relationships at these weddings!
I’m sure you’re wondering whether I managed to nail any of the relationships itemised. Well, let’s see… considering the amount of business cards I managed to receive and give away, something ought to come from it, right? In the meantime, first impressions are critical, as the saying goes and I suppose it’s not too early to rustle up funds for another weekend slumber party conference in Boston next year!