SFT North American Conference, UCSB, California
This is the second SFT conference I have attended and it couldn't get any better than this. I met a lot of friends from the previous conference and Action Camp-4, while making another dozen new friends from all parts of the country such as LA, Utah, Alabama, Mass., SF, even Vancouver, Canada.
Today, the conference started with checking-in and registration at the Multicultural Center (MMC) at the main campus. Although participants poured in at a very slow pace, the number of total attendees hit thirty-five and still counting. We are expecting a dozen more during the weekend from the neighboring cities. I personally thanked many students who flew hundreds of miles to be here, either to lecture us or learn new skills or hmmm... to enjoy this beautiful Cali weather. Whatever the reason maybe, i'm glad you guys are here.
The very first thing that did excite me about this university was the waterfront. There is a lake by the campus!! How romantic. And to top it off, there are beautiful birds that sit on the middle island of the lake.
After touring around the campus, we gathered at the MMC for the Welcoming and the Opening Circle ceremony. We welcomed each other and introduced ourselves in typical SFT manner. You know how it is, a little joke here from Haan and a little addition to it there from Tendor; whatever there is to break the ice, these two will come up with something. Too bad we couldn't play the running game (something like musical chairs), since we were running behind schedule. Well, it was all over and we headed straight down to the theatre where we were to watch the movie "We're no monks" by Pema Dhondup who was present here for a Q & A session. Everybody loved the movie which was quite an experience. Did i tell you that most of us were really really hungry for some reason? I could hear the rumbling of the stomach from some people near and far. Everybody headed for the UCSB hot spot called FreeBird where you can get a monstrous Burito with thousands of fillings of your choice for just $6.00. By the way, despite being very hungry, i could eat only half of the burito.
After the invasion of FreeBird, we headed back to our barracks and tucked ourselves in our cozy sleepy bags, except for me, i'm still trying to finish posting this. As i look around the room, i hear the snores and the grunting which does annoy me; therefore, in order to avoid this i need to get the rest because tommorrow is another long and beautiful day. Boe Rangzen.