Blog overload! Blog overload!
I have returned from San Francisco and somehow managed not to leave my heart there. And yes, contrary to popular opinion, I do, in fact, have a heart. The conference was great. The panels were, with one regrettable exception, quite good. The seminars were well organized and led, the plenary sessions were... largely lacking my presence, but the ones I attended were interesting. Michael Burrawoy's speech was excellent. I didn't agree with everything he said, which should come as no surprise, but did find myself generally quite pleased. I even got to participate in my favorite conference sport while I was there. I don't think I racked up quite the score at it that Brayden is claiming, but I still feel pretty good.
By the way, Brayden, before you claim your points you really do need to verify certain of those spots with me via e-mail. Not to doubt you, but some of the clues are a tad... um... vague. I am aware, however, that you did identify Lothar the Destroyer.
Brayden is correct, I DO make a lousy undercover agent, but I did enjoy the blogger's get-together that Tina from Kickass Sociology organized. I had an interesting conversation with Brayden, Nick from Public Sociology, and Erin from Prairie Sociology that dealt with the role of the ASA in public life. I imagine we'll see more of that discussion in our blogs as time goes by. I also had another fun conversation with someone else from Prairie Sociology who apparently is still trying to figure out how to post and, hence, isn't really from Prairie Sociology. Hopefully that caveat will be cleared up before much longer, hmmm? And, of course, I got to meet Jeremy and the enigmatic Lago. Good times all around, and I hope y'all enjoyed meeting me half as much as I enjoyed meeting y'all.
And that would be a new personal best for me if you did.
Much as I would enjoy hanging around and blabbing further, I do need to take care of a few things. I start teaching the undergrads soon, need to change offices, am doing laundry, and generally need to take care of a million things. Besides, I'm way behind on my blog-reading and internet cartoons. I'm sure you understand.