Volunteering at the JREF


Spent yesterday volunteering at the James Randi Educational Foundation, doing manual work and getting to know people. I moved furniture, cleaned up trash, painted a door and pasted errata sheets into books. And everybody was so nice to me! Loads of good conversation and silly jokes. I’m here as a representative of the Swedish Skeptics Society, so I make an effort to overcome my retiring personality and make as many new contacts as I can.


Jeff Wagg bought me breakfast at Denny’s. Our party was accosted by a Christian lady who overheard us talking about atheism and wanted us to repent! I almost thought I was on Candid Camera there for a sec. The JREF’s founder took me for a drive in his blue sports car, bought me lunch and regaled me for an hour with stories of grave robbing in Peru, among many other topics. Writer of a hundred books Bart Farkas drove me back to the hotel and bought me drinks. Finally, Rebecca the Skepchick entertained me at dinner and tried to bully me (and everybody else within earshot) into taking a nocturnal swim in the hotel pool. Good times!


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  1. #1 Bob O'H
    January 25, 2008

    Eh? Who’s the guy in the white beard? Anyone important?



  2. #2 Dennis
    January 25, 2008

    Bob: It’s Charles Darwin.

  3. #3 an
    January 25, 2008

    What fun! That girl seems to be drinking too much though, must be a skepchic.

  4. #4 Sávon
    January 26, 2008

    Are you not sitting too close to the lady?

  5. #5 Puam
    January 26, 2008

    This is absolutely frustrating. Two of my favourite bloggers sitting next to each other.

    You are a very lucky man, Martin. But where is your left arm? I at least would have some suggestions as to where it should have been …

  6. #6 Martin R
    January 27, 2008

    Rebecca is a forceful personality. I believe she’d kill me on the spot if I fondled her buns without permission. On the other hand, I believe she’d also kill me on the spot if she asked me to fondle her buns and I failed to do so.

  7. #7 Puam
    January 31, 2008

    Yeah, that is indeed so true.

    But anyway, who was talking about her buns? I was just talking about a friendly arm around the shoulders… tsss you perv’!

  8. #8 Martin R
    January 31, 2008

    You’re right, I certainly wouldn’t want to be known as the kind of man who enjoys fondling women’s buns!

  9. #9 Anatoly
    February 1, 2008

    Having dinner with the lovely Rebecca of Skepchicks, Martin? You’re an inspiration for every geeky archaeologist.

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