I love conferences! I love to attend them and speak at them.
I love them because I learn so much and meet so many fascinating people. Plus, I love to travel, so the learning also comes in the form of discovering a new city.
I recently had the pleasure of doing both at Promoboxx’s Aligned conference in Boston.
I loved the opening exercise for the conference. Everyone was given one 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper and a few paper clips. They asked us to make a paper airplane featuring our name and a saying that was uniquely from our area of the world.
I realized immediately that my paper airplane making skills were lacking, as you can see from the picture below.
After we completed our airplanes, we were asked to throw them to someone. We then found that person, introduced ourselves and explained why we chose that particular saying.
I met a lovely woman from Minnesota that wrote OOFDA on her airplane. I had never heard that expression in my life!
Here’s what it means and where it came from:
Uff da (sometimes also spelled huffda, uff-da, uffda, uff-dah, oofda, ufda, ufdah, oofta, or uf daa) is an exclamation or interjection expressing bafflement, surprise, or dismay. Of Norwegian origin, the phrase was adopted by Scandinavian Americans in the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest region of the United States during the 19th century.
There were prizes for the most aerodynamically designed planes. I didn’t win (go figure), but I had a blast meeting a ton of new people!
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