Having just returned from more than a week of work-related travel, I’m tempted to delay writing a digest post for fear that it will consume most of my day. Instead, I’ll just jam this out because I’ve got work that needs attention. So, expect typing, spelling, and logical errors and we’ll both come out of this experience satisfied.
First, a few newsy bits before we get to the ASA recap:
1. My dear friend and smart sociologist Jeff Lane was recently featured in an MTV Brazil show called Peripheries. He’s in the second segment. His research on how Harlem crews use online identities to engage in (and diffuse) conflict is really wonderful stuff.
2. Nick Ashford (of songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson) died this week, and Jay Smooth has a great embedded video lineup of some greatest hits. Two of my favorite all-time female vocalists are Tammi Terrell and Chaka Khan, and they wrote for both. A real American treasure.
Now, onto the ASA recap:
I’m in the pro-Las Vegas camp, although the smoke did a number on me…I’m a libertarian in spirit, but it was a bit too much of “your stuff interfering with my stuff” especially what with the non-allergic rhinitis. It was great to be in one space, although I probably walked more steps than when we’re spread across hotels. I’ll be wearing heel-less shoes for at least a few days while mine heal–this means I’m tramping around NYC in crocs, which would be awful were we not preparing for a huge rain storm, which might justify them even without the injury. I do wonder at the magic of Vegas’s “girls to your door in 20 minutes” since it takes at least that long to transverse the lobby. They must have girls stashed away in some holding pen within the hotels to make that work.
I enjoyed the Social Structures (JLMartin) author meets critics, both because I enjoy watching the conventional sociologist bump up against the stuff John is selling and because Ann Mische was on the panel, and I adore her. I also enjoyed my own panel because it went extraordinarily well, in spite of or because I was not there. I still haven’t gotten a straight answer about how Delta justifies a 9 hour hold on a flight only to cancel it, and how they further defend the fact that we were in the plane on the tarmac for most of that. Anyway, the verdict is that folks seemed to like the newest project, but were confused about how I grew such a beautiful beard in such a short amount of time. I plan to hire Bill Roy for all my future speaking engagements.
As always, I loved the time I spent with friends and colleagues and left with the sad realization I had missed spending time with others. I would like to acknowledge that the blog has done wonders for my social and professional life–had good times with OrgTheory folks (Omar, Brayden, and met Jeff, plus ex-guest bloggers Mike Sauder, Gabriel Rossman & Steve Vaisey) including watching Kieran win big money at the slots. Scatterplot folks also joined the fun: Tina, Jessica, Shamus, Andy and–for a minute–Jeremy. I may have glanced Drek, and Dan H. skittered by my view at the party. Anyway, my love to all of them, friends new and old. Thanks for another great August week.
I’ll try to say something more substantive (let’s have a round of “what I learned at the meetings!”) later this week.