Party Like it is 1999… March 28, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in physics life, travel.
I'm back in Seattle. Out to dinner with Paula for the first time in 2 weeks and she has a great conference story. She attended a conference at a university. The Inn she stayed in (which was really nice) was run by the university (this isn't as uncommon as you might think). Many universities — UW included — have lots of rules about (not) having alcohol on the campus. This university was no different. They had the conference reception at the Inn, but they weren't allowed to have drinks!
There is a loop hole in the regulations, however: if the drinks are served from one of the Inn's rooms, then it is ok; this gets around the university rules. So… they filled a bathtub with ice and stuffed it full of beer! Now you have all these 30-60 year old professors all making the same joke as they walk into the bathroom to get their beer: "Hey! Beer in a bathtub! This reminds me of college." Or "This is just like college, except I had hair back then!" or "This is just like college, only I wasn't drinking 7-up then!"
My wife gets to go to some crazy conferences!