It was a long drive, but well worth it! Upon reaching the campus of Missouri State University, I tried to park in the Visitors' Parking Lot, only to find that the spaces are metered. Yes, metered. At 20 minutes for a quarter, the last thing I wanted to do was park there and have to leave an excellent presentation or discussion with fellow skeptics so I could run put quarters in the meter.
And so I went on a quest for a modestly-priced hotel where I could stay and, this being the day of the conference, perhaps most importantly, park my car so I could get out of it. Driving around, I happened upon this very cool retro-themed Best Western, the Route 66 Rail Haven.
Walking into the office to ask about their rates, who should I see, but Jesus Seminar scholar Robert M. Price and paranormal investigator Joe Nickell having a conversation! And so, the choice of hotel wasn't hard. And so, having arranged for a place for me and my car to sleep, I headed off to SkeptiCon II.
At the registration table, I met P.Z. Myers, wearing the suit he wore to the CreoZerg: Note the Crocoduck tie! The thing around my neck is a very cool Steampunk Cuttlefish pendant from Noadi Art.
The convention started out with a student debate on the existence of God. I really wanted to go to that, but I ended up missing it...
...since I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have lunch, and fascinating conversation with Robert M. Price and a couple other attendees. Price is equally at home discussing the complexities of New Testament scholarship and such things as comic books. He made an interesting comparison between the four Gospels and a Superman story line in which Superman dies and is replaced by four "Supermen" who each represent his character differently, and inconsistently with the others. He's very witty, funny, and friendly--and of course, highly knowledgeable in the field of New Testament scholarship.