Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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12 of 12, July 2018

This particular conference, occurring every four years, seems to be very consistent with its dates, since I have a “12 of 12” record dating from Flagstaff, Arizona in 2014 and from Ljulbljana, Slovenia in 2010 (which, scarily, also indicates that I have been “12 of 12”-ing for over 8 years!). Today was a routine conference day, and so you get to see routine conference things … in a Japanese location.

So, to begin: Here is my hotel. Not exactly an architectural masterpiece, but perfectly functional.

The day started off with a plenary keynote address, but I’ve arrived early and so you don’t see the fact that the hall was reasonably full once things got underway.

Lunch is provided at these conferences, and most days we’ve had interesting Japanese lunches in fancy boxes. Today we got Western fusion (not totally successful!).

In the afternoon one of my friends presented a session with a colleague of hers, about young children doing statistical investigations.

My own session was the last paper at the end of the day.

If you’re lucky—and I was—you have people attend your session who are interested in what you are saying, and so you get to have a good conversation afterwards.

I needed some more breakfast cereal for the last couple of days of my visit. Fortunately I managed to figure out that one of these packages would serve as something vaguely resembling breakfast cereal. (I tend to “do my own” breakfast when travelling if it isn’t included in the accommodation cost, as it gets quite expensive eating out).

The cereal was obtained from a supermarket inside this big shopping complex.

It was summer in northern-hemisphere Japan, and it had been hot and humid in Kyoto all week.

In the evening I attended the conference dinner, which involved good company, some geisha dancing and Japanese music/songs, and not enough food (unfortunately).


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