Well, the AALS IP conference in Vancouver was a blast. Tons of interesting speakers, meeting lots of new people, catching up with others. I think what suprised me most was how welcoming a community this seems to be. It was quite thrilling to meet, talk and even dine with all of the people whose works I have been reading over the years. It really was like meeting a cross between movie stars and old friends that have never met you. I know this probably sounds dorky, but it was a moment that was really cool. So many were welcoming -- it made for a special few days.