The SWC Philadelphia 2008 Convention
July 9-12, 2008
by Paul Schneider
This was both my first SWC con, and my first time in Philly. The short description: AWESOME.
I’d been told, of course, that attending an SWC convention is an amazingly wonderful experience – but there aren’t any words that can capture what it really means.
I met so many of my wonderful, beautiful friends that I’d shared with on-line – as well as many others that I hadn’t. True to our club, everyone was so accepting, helpful, and generous with whatever it took for us to understand each other – there wasn’t even one single moment of embarrassment or frustration with my friends (the hotel staff was a different story, of course).
I’ve said it already elsewhere, and I’ll say it again – the seminars and workshops at this con were better quality than seminars I (or my employer) have paid hundreds of dollars to attend – and these were FULLY ACCOMMODATED. Kudos and thanks to all the presenters and vendors, and also to Gayl, who provided superb CART service throughout all the events.
I also got to discover Philadelphia, roaming with my SWC friends, both in guided tours, and on our own. I want to go back – but unless I get to go back with my SWC friends, it won’t be quite the same. The DUCKS were awesome! If you go to Philly and don’t ride the DUCKS, well quack quack is all I have to say to you!
Why attend an SWC convention? The answer’s easy. This was our best chance all year to meet each other and share time, knowledge, and a great city in the company of folks who totally understand our struggles, sorrows, and yes, joys of hearing loss.
Will I attend a future con? You bet I will!