Back to the big yearly conference, where I am now old enough to semi-recognize people all over the place. It's a little frustrating. The one person I approached turned out to be someone I met at a workshop a few years ago. But sometimes I think I'm just being crazy.
I'm also now old enough that conferences are more like work and less like "fun with old friends." Old friends have students with them, and I'm coordinating an alumni event, and giving a talk that I barely prepared at all, etc. etc. At least there are still drinks...and free dinner paid by people in the non-academic aspects of -ology. Can't complain about that.
21 hours ago