One of the great pleasures of my trip to Philly was spending time with JenA. For the last three (?) years we've shared a hotel room at the conference. It's great fun to see her and she keeps me from getting lonely. And, she always gives me a sweet parting gift. This year it was a super-duper silicone spatula. Two years ago it was a desk troll with a magnet in its head to hold paperclips (a bit hit with some 5 year olds who hung out in my office recently). Jen is a good friend and an interesting person. She thinks I'm doing her a favor by sharing my government-funded hotel room with her, but I think it's the other way around.
Recently, Jen made a documentary about an all-female high school band called Natasha. The film is showing (and has shown) at independent film festivals around the country--it's even gotten some awards! The film will be screened in DC at the DC Underground Film Festival at the end of September. I haven't had the chance to see it yet, so you know I'll be there.
Screens: Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm at the Goethe-Institute, 812 7th Street, NW near the Gallery Place metro station.
Grateful for: good friends.