Birmingham, Alabama, Monday, 13 June 2011: 

Woke up at 6:45 AM, showered and dressed, and headed to breakfast.  I passed on the waffles, French toast, sausage, and scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and instead ate oatmeal and fresh fruit.   I’m trying to be good.

I’m in the course: Writing and Publishing for Genealogists.   Thomas Jones and Elissa Scalise Powell taught my classes today on footnoting, writing resources, and writing as you research.  All in all, totally worthwhile.

At dinner, fellow Geneabloggers got together.  It was nice to be able to meet people I’ve only known online and through Facebook. 

After dinner, I attended a class by Richard G. and Pamela Boyer Sayre on Google Earth.     That was great, too.

I feel like my brain is a giant sponge, and hope I have enough capacity to keep filling it up all week.

I’m finding my southern language skills still need some refining.  In a conversation I thought I heard one gal say to me, “I want to be you.”  Huh?? I was stumped.  Why would she want to be me?  I didn’t know I was on the “want to be like me” list.

I said to her, “Why would you want to be like me?” 

She said, “No, no.  I said, I went to B.U. [Boston University].”

Oh well.  For a second there, I was thinking I was going to have my one claim to fame.

Since that’s not going to happen today, I need to practice listening to more southern talk.

That’s it for today.  Good night, y’all.