And I thought my jokes were bad…

The summary from my weekly report at work this week, in which I spent most of the week frazzled to the extreme getting things in order for the SSA’s 2011 Annual Conference, which will demolish all previous attendance records.

This conference deserves a better class of organizer, and I’m gonna give it to ‘em.

You didn’t think I was gonna risk losing the battle for this conference’s success in a fist-fight with other duties, did you?  Nooooooo.  You’ve gotta have an ace in the hole.  Mine’s red bull (and priorities).  I took an otherwise normal week and brought it down to psychotic levels.  It wasn’t hard.  You see madness, as you know, is like gravity: all it takes is a little push.

You know what I’ve noticed?  Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying.  If I told our Executive Director tomorrow that a student wasn’t going to have a ride from the airport or some vendor might get the rickety table, nobody panics…because it’s all part of the plan.  But if one, little board member might go without a dorm room, well then everybody loses their minds!  Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.  I’m an agent of chaos.

…why so serious?

I love my end-of-week reports.  Certainly my most giggle-filled portion of the week.

This has been such a rewarding experience.  The SSA team has pulled together to put on one hell of an event.

Some asshole left a comment here a while back saying that I continue to be the weakest link at the SSA.  Of course, they were just trying to be hurtful, but it’s actually true.  Then again, it’s like being the slowest sprinter at the Olympics.  I’m ok with that.  I have learned so much from Lyz, Jesse, Aug, and everybody else here and have undoubtedly grown exponentially as an organizer by working around them.

This event will represent the sum of all our efforts, and I could not be more proud or excited.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • &re@

    Yo, dawg. haha. I do love seeing the end of week reports you share. Giggle worthy for sure. Heads up on this one (altho I know it is too late…), the second sentence has an extra word. “…risk losing the battle for the this conference’s success….” Either “the” or “this” needs to go. I vote losing “this.”

    With all due respect of course…
    –Your favorite human spelling and grammar check personmabob.


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