InterChangeNE: Day Four – SightSeeing in the Rain

On March 29th and 30th, I attended InterChange 2014, STC New England’s annual conference at the UMass Lowell conference center in Lowell, Massachusetts. After the conference was over, we hung around town to take in some of the sights and history.

This post is about Day Four. You might also enjoy reading Day One, Day Two, and Day Three.

Snowing? Seriously?

Snow on the way

I can’t believe it’s March 31st and it’s snowing

You may recall from Cindy Currie-Clifford’s keynote speech on Day One that it’s an InterChangeNE tradition that it snows during the conference.

So it didn’t exactly snow, it sleeted and iced instead.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a real wussy about driving in snow or ice.

Dang. What to do?

Rick Lippincott to the rescue! Über conference planner and veteran snow driver, Rick Lippincott volunteered to drive us around in his rugged jeep. I volunteered to sit in the back and pretend it’s just rainy. Jimmy Dill volunteered to ride shotgun and watch videos on his iPhone.

 Sight #1: OmniView

The OmniView® Gantry Cargo Inspection System is a Monster X-Ray that can see through a truck and into the cargo bay

The OmniView® Gantry Cargo Inspection System is a Monster X-Ray that can see through a truck and into the cargo bay

Our first stop is a drive-by of the awesome OmniView® Gantry
Cargo Inspection System.

While the rest of us technical communicators are writing “Click OK to continue”, Rick is writing about this bad boy.

We are at AS&E, American Science & Engineering, in Billerica. The security gate is open and we can look in. I hand my iPhone up to the front seat for a quick picture.

Concord

The headstone of Louisa May Alcott, where visitors leave tokens like flowers, notes, and writing implements

The headstone of Louisa May Alcott, where visitors leave tokens like flowers, notes, and writing implements

In Concord, we visit the Concord Museum, Louisa May Alcott’s orchard house, Author’s Ridge in the Sleepy Hollow cemetary, and the famous Old North Bridge.

At Author’s Ridge, I was touched by the little tokens left by visitors to Louisa May Alcott’s grave. Many of the visitors left pens as a tribute to her writing. She inspired many so many of us, especially young women.

At the Old North Bridge, we are accompanied by a busload of middle school students and their chaperons. It was fun to hear their happy chatter as we trudged toward the Minuteman statue in the cold rain.

Back to Lowell for more sushi

Lowell canals

A view down one of the many canals in Lowell Massachusetts

By the time we saw the sights in Concord, it was time for lunch and our thoughts returned to sushi. On a cold damp day, nothing warms you up inside like a nice carafe of sake.

Yep, we had sushi at Etsogo Sushi and Asian Restaurant. Again. Yum.

I made a little Instagram collage of our day.

Instagram collage of the rainy day after InterChangeNE: Rick's workplace, selfie of us, Alcott's grave, the minuteman, and more food!

Instagram collage of the rainy day after InterChangeNE: Rick’s workplace, selfie of us, Alcott’s grave, the minuteman, and more food!

Say good-bye to InterChangeNE

So as we prepare to head back to Winchester Virginia after the InterChangeNE conference, I am super pumped up about all things #TechComm and looking forward to next year.

Many thanks to the New England STC chapter and all the folks who put in so many hours to make this local conference a success and a blessing.

Don’t forget to visit Rick Lippincott’s photostream of the event.

See you in Phoenix!

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