OCON 2010

6 Jul

So we’re well into the swing of OCON here in Las Vegas. Tomorrow is the last day of the first half.

We’ve been staying at the lovely Red Rock Resort, which has been mostly good. There are some distinct design issues with the hotel and the rooms, but everything is very stylish, and the bathtub is awesome:

Bath 

Tell me that isn’t beautiful. The depth is the best part – I’ve taken three baths so far, which is more than probably the last two years combined!

I’ve been taking John Lewis’s class on Ancient Greece this session, and it has been very interesting. Lewis is one of my favorite teachers and speakers, so I was pretty sure I’d like it. Jeremy is also taking Andrew Lewis’s class on the Reformation, and has been enjoying Lewis’s hijinks – he’s dressed up as a different “character” for each class. I won’t spoil it by revealing who – maybe I’ll post that after the conference. It’s sure seems like it’d be a hoot to see!

The general sessions have been very good as well. Peikoff is always interesting, and David Harriman gave a fascinating lecture on the proper way to approach scientific education. Today, Yaron Brook gave a stirring talk on the defense of Capitalism that has ignited discussions all over the resort and on Twitter and Facebook.

We also had a fabulous 4th of July. There was a program hosted by ARI that I was fortunate to be a part of. I sang “America the Beautiful” and led “The Star Spangled Banner” and people have been very kind with their feedback.

Afterwards, we went to see Penn & Teller at the Rio, which was phenomenal. I surprised my mother and Scott Holleran with a Limo ride there and back. The driver was so kind to drive us the long way back to the resort so we could take a ride on the Strip and see everything lit up for the evening. We all had a lovely time!

Penn&Teller 003      Penn&Teller 006

(For those who don’t know, the little cut boy out in both pictures is Flat Ryan (see Flat Stanley). It is a picture of the son of a friend who sent many copies of Flat Ryan to numerous volunteers throughout the nation – even internationally – for people to take pictures of with interesting people and interesting places. She home schools him, so this project really helps make geography particularly interesting. I have a few more stops in the Seattle area to make with Flat Ryan, but I digress.)

Tonight, Jeremy and I attended the Benefactor’s Dinner and had fun catching up with some people that can be a little hard to catch a word with during the rest of the conference. The dinner was excellent, as always, and the conversation was a perfect match.

Oh – and today is Jeremy and my 3 year anniversary – so mountains of love to my extraordinary husband who has been and is my favorite person in the world. *MWAH*

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One Response to “OCON 2010”

  1. primique July 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I am an individualist, believing as Ayn Rand did, that each person is unique and not to be profiled or categorized or collectivizedor conformed to any social tyranny.I didn't agree entirely with her philosophy,but am passionate about how special and unique we all are.

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