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ATA conference round-up November 2, 2012

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in ATA, Random musings.

It’s been a wild few days. I stayed an extra two days in San Diego and am so lucky I did, because I missed the massive storm that was Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t think I would be able to leave on Tuesday, but luckily my flights weren’t canceled. I can’t say the same for colleagues from New York and New Jersey, who found themselves stuck in San Diego and had to find alternative housing. I know several French translators bunked with Marianne Reiner. That must have been a fun time – a grown-up sleepover, if you will. It’s a good thing most translators have stayed in youth hostels at some point in our past, because sleeping on the floor isn’t that much of a hardship.

Yes, Sandy even had implications all the way up in Ohio. Some of my friends near Lake Erie just had their power restored last night, and we lost two trees on the street. Phone service was spotty to non-existent in my home, so I have a feeling one of my local cell phone towers was damaged in the storm. The result is that it has taken me longer than usual to dig myself out of my suitcase and catch up with post-conference To Do items (this post being one of them).

I will post about the sessions I attended in subsequent posts. I just wanted to note that – unlike in years past – this year I came home with only eight business cards. One of them is an agency owner in Brussels whose company has a lot of German to English medical work. I met her at the Medical Division reception. I will be following up with a personal e-mail today and attach my resume. It’s the quality, not the quantity.



1. Silvia D'Amico - November 2, 2012

Jill, the storm was no fun. As per Murphy’s laws as soon as I received a huge projects I was let without internet and had to get out of the house to work at a coffee shop! Oh well.. I look forward to your post about the sessions!

Silvia D'Amico - November 2, 2012

I apologize for all the typos! Hate spelling mistakes.. ggrrr!

2. Sarah Dillon - November 17, 2012

Interesting what you said about the number of business cards you came home with this year. I found I didn’t have too many either (but the ones I did have were from people I felt I had a good connection with). Do you think this was because of the conference app making things more “virtual”, or was it just down to you taking a different networking approach?

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