My first trip to AAS as a journalist was the 2003 Seattle meeting. This year the conference returns to that great rainy city of the North west. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to see you. If you aren’t going to be there, but want to keep track of what I’m up to, watch this site for frequent updates.
My strongest memory from the last meeting was visiting the Icon Bar and Grill with a friend and Phil Plait’s old manager and, as a bi-gender group, checking out the cool decorations in both the male and female restrooms. Seriously – they are totally worth a special trip. I hope to visit there again and get pictures this time.
The AAS meeting is one of my favorite of the year. It is crowded, noisy, has too many people, and is always exhausting. I usually work myself into a caffeinated frenzy trying to keep up with both my science presentations and journalistic (or at least podcaster) coverage of the daily events. None of these things scream, “This is a fun experience.” But, in the midst of the frenetic activity are all the friends I only see at meetings, and in the press room I get to work side-by-side with some of the smartest writers I know, trying to figure out how to bring to the public the best and most interesting 1000+ astronomers have to offer.