Today is Labor Day. It is the traditional end of summer and a chance to escape from reality, apparently. In Atlanta Georgia people attend Dragon Con and dress up in fictional characters. Then there is Burning Man. It is near the west coast in the desert of Nevada where another group of people create an art filed community. People barter and sometimes wear no clothes at all.
I missed both this year like I do every year. While both sound fun, I can’t seem to get up the motivation. Neither one is a perfect fit. I’m afraid I’d be odd man out most of the time. As far as Dragon Con is concerned, I enjoy science fiction but probably not as much as most of the attendees and the crowd at Burning Man is a bit younger. I might be getting too old to attend that event but as I write this, I’m reminded that I didn’t report on the one national event that I did attend—The Bay Area Maker Faire.
Currently, my best fit is the Maker Faire Community. Nancy and I traveled to the Maker Faire in San Mateo this year. We had a great time and I felt quite comfortable there. We met up with an old friend, saw amazing things, and had the opportunity to give away one of my tin can robots to the R2D2 builders group.
Of course my pathetic little R2 looked small compared to their highly detailed full sized models but they put it on display front and center.
We took an Amtrak train to San Jose and didn’t rent a car. We relied on public transportation the entire time we were there and managed to walk 54 miles in the week we spent there. We saw the Exploratorium in San Francisco, ate a Crab Louise in a restaurant overlooking Alcatraz, saw a movie, and visited my old home in Santa Clara.
Now it’s the end of summer. Labor Day is over and Halloween is 56 days away. It’s time to bring in the flag and make plans for the rest of the year.