Fargo to San Antonio Day 4
I’m writing this after midnight, so technically, I’m into the final day of the NFPW trip now, and in a matter of hours, will be home in Fargo reuniting with my family if all goes as planned. There have been some exciting things happening at home in my absence, including a funnel cloud that passed through Fargo on Thursday. Apparently, all is well, but, of course, it would have to be a day when I’m gone and completely unable to comfort my kids when they see their first tornado. I guess my reference to Oz a couple days ago was somewhat prophetic.
My days here have not afforded me as much time to post as I’d hoped — not as much time as when I was at St. Ben’s journaling away, that’s for sure. And now, I’m spent from another packed but invigorating day. It ended with our closing dinner and awards banquet. It was really nice to be present to receive my first place award for religion articles and to read the wonderful comments by the judge. But even more special was when one of our North Dakotans, Martin Fredricks, won the Sweepstakes Award — an award given to the communicator who has garnered the most and highest awards of the conference. Martin wasn’t here to accept the honor so we whooped and hollered on his behalf. In an “acceptance speech” read by the award-giver, Martin gave a huge nod to our local chapter, North Dakota Professional Communicators. There was a lot of pride in the North Dakota corner of the room tonight. Our little state/affiliate also won third place overall for most awards won collectively. It’s really amazing to come from such a humble state and yet to do so well in a national, professional competition. I think this speaks well of the hard-working, tenacious nature of our people.
Tomorrow, I’m going to try to find my way to Mass. I love seeing churches in other parts of the country. And then, it will be time for takeoff.
In the meantime, it’s been a while since I’ve asked a question, and since I love the interactive aspects of blogging, I thought I’d throw one out to you in closing.
If you could fly anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?