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This is not procrastination. [20100526|11:17]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I'm in the middle of writing up the EJSM mission meeting I attended in Holland last week. When I attend conferences, I always write down little descriptions of the speakers so that I can remember them at the next conference. As a result, I am fiercely protective of my abstract booklet, lest it fall into anyone else's hands.

On the positive side, it amuses me no end to discover them again later. For instance:

  1. "Distinguishing feature: dark purple corduroy jacket. WHOA."
  2. "Frenchman with flowing locks of well-tended wavy hair. Wait, that doesn't narrow it down at all."
  3. "I have spent the entire talk waiting for an inflection or a tonal variation in this person's voice. I am disappointed."
  4. "Blonde, British, brisk. Best talk of the session."
  5. "Dainty woman with big green eyes and an unexpectedly powerful voice."
  6. "Tedious little man with badly tended goatee. Hm, this isn't specific enough either."
  7. "Cor. That is one hot Frenchman. You can just stay up there and talk sexy Galilean moon facts at me all day, mmmkay?"

Oh, brain. How can you be simultaneously focused, organised and yet so utterly puerile?

[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-05-26 13:25 (UTC)
While I'm not sure you'd be the best witness at a crime scene, you'd certainly would be the most entertaining with your descriptions!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 09:46 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I'd get distracted by the wrong things at a crime scene, and probably wander off to sit in a corner and compose a haiku on the subject.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2010-05-26 21:42 (UTC)
HA! I spend my whole life doing similar, because I have a terrible memory. Without tricks, I'm doooomed. "Hello, friend, this is my Sister-in-law...urm...??" *death*

(But I think yours are cuter!)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-27 09:40 (UTC)
The thing is, most of the time when you meet people, you're not writing down notes. And they'd probably think you were weird if you did. But if I don't write things down, they don't stick. This is why I still spend my life surrounded by mountains of notebooks and paper planners. It's the act of writing things down that cements them in my mind.

(That Frenchman was certainly cuter. Phwoar! ;-P)
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2010-05-29 07:36 (UTC)
That is FANTASTIC!!! I love it!

No one ever sees the hard copy of my first read-through for an edit. Oh, hell no. My eyes only. Like my Harry Potter books -- the margin notes are entirely unsuitable for most eyes. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-01 20:18 (UTC)
Oh, now I really want to see your notes on the Harry Potter books. I bet they make the reading experience a thousand times better.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-05-30 04:57 (UTC)
I love your descriptions for the people you encountered.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-01 20:17 (UTC)
I'm happy to report that most of them have a positive slant. There are only a few that I wouldn't want to show to the person in question.
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