Man, am I exhausted. In a good way, though. We just got home from the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the convention center in Washington, DC. AMAZING!!
It started with us herding the kids into the car bright and early since we live about an hour outside of DC. As usual when we head into our nation's Capital, we drove half way and then caught the Metro in the rest of the way. If anything, we avoid the city trafic and it's a kick for the kids.
I wanted to get there as the Festival opened for the second day in order to see Ken Denmead's Geek Dad lecture and get the trifecta of GeekDad books signed. The rest of the family dumped me there and continued on to see something about food and farting.
As it turned out, standing there talking to Ken was Matt Blum as well. WOO HOO!! GeekDad celebrity jackpot! I introduced myself as the LEGO table guy, and the conversation just got better from there. We talked Kickstarter, LEGOs, hacks, and they were VERY adamant about getting me on the Geek Dad Community website. Normally, adamant would be a strong word, but not in this case. Between the two of them, I think they mentioned it ten times in as many minutes.
So, here I am with Ken(R) and Matt(L). Some folks came yesterday to see Adam and Jamie, I waited until today so I could talk Mentos and Diet Coke and Alien Drums with the king of hack.
The rest of the festival included everything you could imagine, from a robot that a guy was riding on, to a high school club (yea, a CLUB, not a class) extracting DNA and making necklaces from it, to bubbles to the physics of superheroes.
Overall, I had my mind blown about every ten minutes or so, and consequently that ends up being very tiring. Top that off with the ten year old wanting to build a "million volt Tesla coil", the teenager wanting a t-shirt cannon, and the wife sporting a "I (heart) guts" sweatshirt, I'm ready for a nap. A two day nap.
There, Ken. You said, "go write a blog post". Here's a blog post. I'm taking a nap. Then building a million (plus or minus) volt tesla coil.