I learned something else in Texas, but also on the way there and back. The other NIC faculty members that received awards and that are featured in this NIC Press Release, are people who can be justly proud of their achievements. I was honoured to stand among them during the Awards Ceremonies and to share meals and time with them when we weren’t involved in ‘official awards business.’ I worked (and travelled lately) with a bunch of dedicated, caring, hardworking and quirky people. Quirkiness is a very positive character attribute in my mind. To be quirky means to leave the rules of the game on the sidelines when it’s appropriate. It means doing things tangentially sometimes or obliquely, avoiding the frontal, rulebook approach to practice and behaviour. Rules are made to be broken as long as a greater ‘care’ is to be achieved. I can say that many of my colleagues put students first. If that makes them quirky, well, we need to celebrate that. The NISOD celebration of excellence and the conference in Austin are a celebration of quirkiness. I shared a room with 1200 other quirky people last week. I’m happy to be counted among them.