Blogging from the New Conspirators (pt 3)

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : February 29, 2008

It is midnight in Seattle…which means that my body (which is still following Central Standard Time) thinks it is 2 am.

I’m too wiped out to write much (if you want a good summary, check out Jonathan Brink’s summary here).

I felt like the conference started out right. It was simple…and comfortable. The presenters and attendees are real people doing real ministry. This isn’t a razzle-dazzle conference.

I got to meet a lot of people that I’ve only ever been able to connect with over the internet (like Steve Lewis and Justin Baeder). And I’ve reconnected with friends like Mark Scandrette, Karen Ward, Jess Walter, Joel Shenk, and others. I’m sure I’ll make lots of new friends this week.

After the festivities ended, I walked about 10 blocks to join Karen Ward and my friend Jason Okrzynski (a fellow Minnesotan) for a couple beers at Uber–a pub near the conference location. They had my favorite beer on tap (Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale).

And so, its time for bed. I’m waking up early to walk with Eliacin to the conference location.

By the way, here’s a picture of me with Eliacin Rosario-Cruz. We are twins, separated at birth.

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3 Responses to “Blogging from the New Conspirators (pt 3)”

  1. Mark Nielsen on February 29th, 2008 9:02 am

    Let’s hear it for the fans of barley wine! Woohoo!!!

    And for twenty-something Che Guevara lookalikes in horn-rimmed glasses!

    Was anyone at the conference in a Fransican monk’s hood?

    (Keep it coming, Mark.)

  2. mountainguy on February 29th, 2008 4:22 pm

    hahaha, off course you’re twins. Which are you, Mark?

  3. Mark Van Steenwyk on March 1st, 2008 12:10 am

    I’m the handsomer one (on the left). :)

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