I am still fighting a cold so I slept in as late as I could and made it to the convention around noon on Friday. Friday is “Game Day” for anyone that gets here early. This event was at the Ohio Union in the Maudine Cow room (i know wacky name). There was rock band and many board games. I ended up in a game of Lord of The Ring Risk. We decided to skip a lot of the special rules for this version of the game and just play like it was standard Risk with a different map.
Around 6pm I joined up with a bunch of students and went to a Greek restaurant by the campus. After a great dinner with wonder students from all over the USA and one from Canada we all went and checked in for the start of the convention.
We watched the annual presentation of the Freethought Backbone Award to Hemant Mehta. As expected Hemant gave a great and moving acceptance speech. Following Hemant was David Silverman with a presentation titled, “A Fight We Can (And Will) Win”. David talked about all of the things that are working in our favor. 30% of Americans under 30 are secular and more and more adults are coming out of the closet. Our secret weapon? The Internet
We finish off the night with Jamila Bey (The Atheist Hammer). She talked about everyone doing what they can to help fellow freethinkers and maybe changing hearts and minds of others. She gave the best line of the night… Be the tool you know you are!
After Jamila my intention was to go get some sleep but, a bunch of students were going to get pizza. How could I say no? As we start to walk away we are joined by PZ Myers. He did tell us that his book should be out by next summer!