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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


NCTE: Day 1 - John Green, ARCs, and Crowds Oh My!

Today was my first official day of NCTE.  It was so fun, but a little crazy.

This was my schedule:

Session A: 9:30-10:45
A. 40 Modern Media Meets Masterpieces

Session B: 11:00-12:15
B. 28 Bullying - Reflecting on the Past

John Green Signing: 12:30-1:30 (OH YES!!)

Eric Luper Signing 1:00-1:30

Nathaniel Fick Signing: 1:45-2:45

Session D: 2:30-3:45
D.35 Creating Space Today For All

Session E: 4:00-5:15
E.34 Bisexuality and the Identifiable

LOTS of awesome up there!  Luckily everything was at the Hilton Chicago.  Not having to travel down to the Palmer House in this freezing Chicago weather made me very happy!

First off, meeting John Green was the highlight of the whole day.  He is so nice and awesome.  I brought all of his books except Let It Snow for him to sign and he jokingly said "Thank you for buying my entire collected works."  Of course I thanked him for writing them!  I also got a special something for all of you to give away for my birthday, so get excited!

Secondly, I really loved going to the panels on bullying and GLBT fiction (Sessions B, D, & E).  It is so nice to be in a room full of like-minded teachers, who want to go past simple tolerance and reach acceptance.  Such an important difference.  I also have a list of books to check out that have GLBT characters.  Can't get enough book lists!

Thirdly, teachers be crazy!  There were SO many people, mostly because this convention is NCTE's 100th anniversary (debating wether or not to buy a t-shirt).  Also, a bigger venue means more people.  I got hit with so many bags today it became routine.  One time as I was bending down, fixing my bags, hiding in the wall nook, I got beaned in the head.  I had such a big headache after that.  Jeez!

Lastly, I am over this cold weather.  I have a sore throat, super chapped lips, and dry hands and I've only been here TWO days!  Argh!  Also, what the F is up with the drivers here?  We almost get into accidents 5 times a day because people are constantly cutting you off, or driving partially in your lane or BLOCKING ONE WHOLE SIDE OF A STREET WHICH ALREADY HAS CARS PARKED ON IT!!  Deep breaths...but downtown is pretty cool.  I got to go to the Hersey Store and ate at Pizzeria Uno.  Love me some deep dish pizza.  All in all a pretty cool day!

Oh and did I mention I got 47 books today?  Yes that's right.  NCTE is definitely worth the free books.

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