July 20th, 2010


"Shut Up, Box!": A NECon 30 Retrospective

I really don't have the words to explain how great NECon was this year. Even if it hadn't been the 30th anniversary of the venerable "writers summer camp," it was a NECon to remember. It was a joy bringing Alexa with me, though those narrow dorm beds really aren't built for two, and everyone loved her the moment they met her.

There are too many people to name who made this such a wonderful weekend, but a special shout out is in order to Mary SanGiovanni, who schlepped Alexa and me there and back again in the SanGiovannimobile. I'm a big fan of GPS systems, but only when they work properly, and Mary's Garmin was frequently confused. It kept thinking we were on a completely different road than we were, which is...unexpected when you're on a major highway like the 95. Every time it would unnecessarily announce it was "recalculating," we'd shout, "Shut up, box!" Hence the title of this entry. It also makes a very good insult should you ever need one.

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