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05.12.06 01:46 PM

when everything can go wrong

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I should have flown or taken the fungwahbus. I definitely should have.

This morning I woke up extra early and drove in a torrential downpour to make it to Cambridge on time for the panel I was speaking on at Beyond Broadcast: Reinventing Public Media in a Participatory Culture. With all the rain, I figured, "I won't make it in time." But I did. Well, not really.

I got off my exit somewhere between 10:45 and 11:00. This was good. I didn't need to be there until 11:50. Well, I should have been there prior to that, but that was show time. And hey, I'm a Cambridge pro. I was just here to speak at Women, Action & The Media. Remember this post?

Unfortunately, I'm no expert. I got a little bit turned around after getting off the exit. You know, speeding in the rain can kind of shake you a bit. But I thought I was still cool. I ran into a police officer and asked for Mass. Ave. Dude put me on some Interstate, and although I knew he couldn't be right, I followed his directions. Well, yeah, duh, Mass Ave. But Boston dude, no! Actually it's my fault - I should have asked for Harvard.

So after driving around for what seemed like eons - I found a sensible man, who had sensible directions and explained the real deal about Mass. Ave. Ah got it - it runs through Boston, Cambridge, and two other cities. Regardless, Mr. Police officer, I was already in Cambridge and you sent me on a wild goose chase.

Can you say PISSED! I can.

Anyway, I get to Austin Hall after my panel and it was mid-lunch.

Better luck next time.

Next up, a podcast from the conference of course.

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