Your mission (whether you accept it or not) is to guess what I.S.E.E. stands for. Here are your choices.
A. Indigestion Solutions for Enchilada Eaters
B. Intergalactic Spacetravel and Extraterrestrial Encounters
C. International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology
D. Igloo Society for Extroverted Eskimos
Of course, you can suggest other ideas in the comments (but you’ll be wrong). You have until I finish humming the Jeopardy theme song to decide, starting . . . now.
Times up. Put your pencil down and turn your paper over, or your test will be disqualified.
The correct answer is C. International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology (VIII). The party starts this September 3, and I get to go with the gorgeous Giorgio, Earthworm Hunter Extraordinaire.
“Some party!” you scoff. “Let’s raise our beakers in a toast to geekdom.”
Well, now, aren’t you cheeky. Granted, Earthworm Ecology may not sound all that glamorous, but it’s all about location, dahling. Big Worm Gig Numero Ocho is happening in Krakow, Poland. And seeing as how the gGEwHE and I haven’t traveled in Europe, we’ve decided to arrive early and also extend our stay, taking in Venice, Italy, beforehand and some Germany and Southern France after. Can I get an Ooo-la-la now? Oh, yeah. That’s what I’m talking about.
And besides, if you must know, there are some fascinating folks amongst the international worm-meister crowd. We attended our first I.S.E.E. (episode VII) in Wales four years ago, and I admit I expected to walk into the university and see a room full of Orville Redenbacher look-alikes. Instead I met some very cool, brilliant, and interesting people from all over the world.
Even so, I didn’t attend the symposium meetings last time, and I won’t this time either. While the science-types talk worms, I’ll take my camera and moleskine journal and hit the streets, soaking up the culture and architecture, sampling the local cafe fare, and browsing in out-of-the-way shops. And when gG isn’t geeking out with his pals, he’ll be riding in a gondola or biking to a remote castle or gazing out over the Mediterranean Sea with me.
Do me a favor. Next time you see an earthworm on the sidewalk, tip your hat on my behalf. Grazie, dziękuję, danke, merci, and thank you.