2nd BULLETIN OF THE ELNA CONGRESS 2005-06-04
See the first bulletin here: http://kongreso.hewgill.com/bulteno1-en.html
HOW TO REACH THE CONGRESS VENUE:
If you use a taxi or Super Shuttle, probably the driver will know the way, but if not, or you drive yourself, this information will help:
Your target (Harms Hall of Concordia University) is at the northwest corner of I-35 and 32nd Street. The simplest method from the airport is to go into Austin along 71, then go north along I-35.
If you're coming north along I-35 (e.g. from the airport), then exit for 32nd Street. (Note that I-35 branches into an upper and lower level around 19th street - stay on the lower (left) level, then you'll exit the freeway on the right to reach 32nd Street.) Turn left onto 32nd Street, then you'll pass Harms Hall (on your right side) and turn right into the parking lot immediately after Harms Hall. 32nd Street is a little less noticable than 38th, so if you miss it, no problem, just go on to 38th and U-turn, then follow the route from the north:
If you're coming south along I-35, simply exit for 38 1/2th Street. Heading south from the traffic-light intersection of I-35 and 38th you'll travel a few blocks alongside I-35, passing Concordia University on your right (on the west side of the freeway access road). You'll see a large Concordia University sign, a large building with a red tile roof, an athletic field, and then Harms Hall (a 4-story beige-colored dormitory building - near I-35 you can see "Concordia University" written on the building). There is an entrance into its parking lot directly from the access road of I-35, but that may be closed off; if so, turn right onto 32nd street (immediately after Harms Hall) and then turn right into the entrance after you pass the length of Harms Hall. You may park freely in the lot of Harms Hall during the Congress.
You can freely park in the parking lot of Harms Hall during the Congress.
Thursday or Friday, enter the lobby of Harms Hall to register for the Congress. Saturday go to the Peter Center.
Supposedly the congress dorm rooms will all have internet connections for free, which will simply work. We can't guarantee this. Also there are some wireless spots on campus.
Dorothy Holland will administer AAIE-exams. There are three levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). They each last about 2 hours. They'll take place Sunday at 2:00. The cost is $5. If you want to take an exam but didn't say so on your registration, you should contact Dorothy before the congress (phone 805-967-5241; email <dorothyh ĉe west.net>). You can't take an exam at the congress if you didn't let us know in advance. Everyone can take only one exam. If you want info about the contents of an exam, Dorothy can send it to you by email.
Do you have a preference for a postcongress excursion? Speak soon or accept what happens! I've only received one excursion request (for the hiking trip to Pedernales or Enchanted Rock). Note that these parks involve serious hiking in the beautiful but rugged rocky terrain of the Texas "Hill Country", so be ready for good warm exercise. The current plan is: Monday: afternoon visit to the museum of Texas history. http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/ Tuesday: all-day excursion to Enchanted Rock. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/enchantd/ If this doesn't please you, speak now or forever hold your peace! If you are interested in participating in either of these, please let me know so we'll know how many are going and can better arrange transportation.
EVENING with INCUBUS!
Sunday there will be an evening trip to the Congress Avenue bridge downtown to watch the world famous bats who fly out at sunset. http://www.batcon.org/discover/congress.html If this interests you, please let us know so we can plan transportation for the appropriate number of people. Afterward the (in)famous Esperanto film Incubus (with William Shatner) will be at the popular local theater Alamo Drafthouse downtown, so interested folks can walk there to watch the film at 9:45pm - the Alamo Drafthouse is a cool theater with waiters who serve food and drink (including beer) at your table. http://drafthouse.com
CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS
All Saturday afternoon there will be five one-hour classes for beginners, with five different instructors. These classes will be open to the general public (for free) and also to all congress attendees. We hope to interest some local Austin folks and also help and inspire beginner congress attendees.
CHILDREN'S POETRY CONTEST
Arlyn Kerr proposes a little contest to write a poem or rhyming story like Dr. Seuss (because she wants more Esperanto poetry for her grandkids!) No later than sunday dinner, every interested person should give to Russ a simple fun poem, and several judges will choose the winners. Aryln is donating cash prizes: $15 for the winner, $10 for 2nd place, $5 for 3rd. If you want examples of the desired style, please read these samples of Dr. Seuss.
The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold wet day.
Too wet to go out
And too cold to play ball.
So we sat in the house.
We did nothing at all.
So all we could do was to
Sit Sit Sit Sit!
And we did not like it
Not one little bit.
Today is your day!
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.