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A Letter from Milwaukee

I was in Milwaukee for the Ecological Society of America National Meeting, seeing a lot of really fascinating research papers.  Since I was there, I thought “Why not a Skepchick meet up?”

First, some advice to travelers. You might think that because your hotel room is on the 16th floor, you don’t need to draw your curtains. Especially if it’s a lovely sunny day.  And you are taking a shower.

You would be WRONG.

I did not get a shot of the guys on the scaffold, but like all the people I met in Milwaukee, they were very friendly.

We had our meet-up at a hotel bar called “Knuckles.” I had a great plan to print out a sign, but the printer did not cooperate.  So I had a book with a large roach on the cover, and a cocktail napkin with “Skepchicks!” scribbled on it to signal my location.  I also had killer shiny red heels on.

Fortunately, my lame napkin was enough to allow VulcanWay from the JREF forum, Rhiannonrevolts, and Jtradke to find me.  As you can see, Milwaukee skeptics are a good-looking bunch!

We had a great time chatting, and they tried to convince me that Milwaukee is a relatively woo-free zone.  I was…..skeptical. :D

We had a really good time playing “spot the ecologist” since about 3000 scientists were in town for the ESA meeting.  We also discovered that you can see up the skirts of girls riding in the glass elevators near the bar.

The photo you see above was taken just before the Debauchery turned into a Debacle.

I wanted to get a picture of my cute red shoes (standard Skepchick issue) and the folks that showed up….so I stuck my foot up in the air and took a photo with my foot in the shot.

Of course, I normally have coveralls or pants on because of my work, and forgot I was wearing a skirt.  I don’t wear skirts much, actually. Like, never.

Here you see the looks of utter shock and horror over my Sharon Stone-like cooter flash.


Now you know why the title of my Autobiography is “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time.”

Fortunately, they forgave me, and we went off and had some really awesome Thai food.  I had no idea Wisconsin was the place to go for a good curry!

Milwaukee is a lovely town–Thanks so much guys!  We must party again, and I’ll wear pants next time so you’ll be safe.

Love and Smooches



Bug_girl has a PhD in Entomology, and is a pointy-headed former academic living in Ohio. She is obsessed with insects, but otherwise perfectly normal. Really! If you want a daily stream of cool info about bugs, follow her Facebook page or find her on Twitter.

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  1. At some point I will forgive myself for missing this … That point is FAR in the future.

    I missed Skeptics, drinks, Bug Girl, great shoes and good curry. Those are the exact ingredients needed in my recipe for The Perfect Life.

    Sounds like a great time :(

  2. I would have also shown up….

    ….if I had my license. And a car.

    ……..and if it wasn’t over 800 miles away.

    Nevertheless, it sounded like a good time.

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