Imagine having his job. A metaphor in the making.
The deal is, where ever I go places in Canterbury and locals see my badge or hear my accent and ask what I'm doing here and I tell them about the conference, I consistently get the same blank stare - as though I am talking about attending a Star Trek Convention.
Yes, there are interesting costumes - okay, let's say cincture (and it's not a procedure you get a nail salon) - and there are times when it feels like we are Lost in Space, but frankly, Star Trek Conventions are fun-er. I mean, at least at Star Trek Conventions everyone worships the same thing.