on the circuit

As of today, the symposium paper is done, tucked away, sent off.  And it’s here.  I like it a lot, and was particularly pleased with how Dr. Carlone is taking us seriously — something that J.S’lage and I are always a bit surprised by.  Suddenly, the ideas in the piece aren’t just our whims being spouted about, but stuff that’s being put into a theoretical perspective.  Maybe we’ll get kicked around once we actually present this, or maybe most people won’t notice, or maybe we can really make something of this.  

Mostly I’m just really excited that I have a paper ready in time — 6 weeks in advance of the conference — to be printed in the proceedings.  This almost never happens, and it’s too bad that it requires a sabbatical to do it.

I read my College evaluation for rank last night, and all’s well.  In the words of a colleague (from a previous conversation), I’d have to sleep with someone not to get promoted.  More importantly, the review itself actually reflected the same details that I would have picked out myself.  This doesn’t always happen.  In this case, though, there was a particular compliment regarding how the big three (teaching, research, service) were well linked.  The timing of this was nice, since that’s a major theme of the symposium I just sent in.

This afternoon, having just turned in the paper and started planning with John for AERA and the rest of the trip out East, I got word that I’m being asked to give a keynote address in May for a regional meeting of a college advising group.  I’ll get about $300 and there are going to be about 300 people.  So now I know that tickets for any kind of performance I give are worth about $1 a piece.  This is exciting, and it just kind of extends and reconfirms my musings that I’m on tour during sabbatical.  Maybe I’ll make a t-shirt with a list of stops during spring of ’08.

Yesterday I was compiling a list of five-year-old quotes; so today she topped them all.  I came out of the bank with two suckers, and told her that there were always suckers at the bank.  (That wasn’t supposed to be a joke — I was trying to convince her it was fun to come into the bank with me.)  She replied, “I thought we always got our suckers from the liquor store.”  Our local supplier gives the kids a candy at the register, and for this reason Anna and Grace can be persuaded to run an errand with me if there’s a stop for a bottle of gin.

Oh, I got a bunch of articles and two books from a colleague on ants today.  About two hours after I’d sent off the paper; BUT this will still come in handy for the presentation, I think.  One chapter describes “Success without management,” which is the image I was trying to create with the ants. Now I’ll actually have a source for it.

Oh (again) . . . [today’s been a day of bits and pieces, rather than any cohesive task].  Grace is now officially back on the list for tonsil removal, at the end of the month.  It’s at the same time I was going to be an ethnographer at a surveyors conference, so I’ll drop that and stick around to eat ice cream and jello.  Still, I’ll keep it in mind that being an anthropologist at a conference might be a good idea someday.  I wonder if anyone’s done this at AERA, and then reported findings at AERA the following year?  It’s probably only been done 12 times.

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