Kalamazoo Eve

13 May

Thought I’d drop a quick note before I start running through my program book and finalizing which sessions I’m attending tomorrow.

Got away from home around 2:30 p.m. after I finished mowing my pasture. After a stop at a McDonald’s that didn’t realize they’re part of a fast food franchise I got here a little after 6. Saw Lisa Carnell and Marca of Medievalist in Transit and chatted a bit, plus gave Lisa my bottle of wine for the Blogger meet-up. Saw ADM very briefly as well a bit later.

I almost left my fan at home. I figured that with highs in the mid-70’s and low’s in the 40/50 range I wouldn’t need it but I threw it in at the last minute. Good thing. My room’s on the West side of Eldridge and with the sun shining in all day and the windows closed it had to be 90.

So I opened the window, turned the fan on and got the heck out of there. I sort of hung around the lobby for a few minutes, didn’t see anyone I knew so I decided to head to Bilbo’s. I looked around for a bit and still didn’t see anyone I knew (though I think I later saw Scott Nokes – his table was full anyway, if that’s who it was). So I sat down next to a guy at the bar and it was James McNelis. Now I’d never met James before but his name was sure familiar as he and Larry Swain run the Congress Facebook Group. James and I talked about a whole bunch of things before he left. Then I started chatting with some grad students but when they started doing what students are predisposed to do in a bar I got out of dodge. At one time alcohol was fun – now it’s a poison, at least more than the one beer I’d had.

I have decided to return to my old Congress standby where I introduce myself as “the least intelligent person here.” I’ve appointed myself the Colonel Klink of Kalamazoo.

I’ve also decided to finally come out with it and call medievalists crazy. See, they write these papers, THEN present from them. That’s just plain backwards. It is SO much easier to present first and write second.

Here’s how it’s supposed to work. A couple of weeks ago myself and a colleague from the University of Wyoming gave a webinar titled Enhancing Biosecurity at Fairs and Shows. There were maybe 40 or so on the live show though hopefully more will watch the recording. Anyway, after we were done we stayed on the line to debrief and one of the first comments from one of the organizers was, “That was great, you guys should put together an article on it.” Present first – that’s the easy part, THEN put a paper together.

The humanities have been doing things their way for a long time so I don’t suppose a note from Colonel Klink will get them to change things but this process sure seems easier to me. Guess that’s one of the reasons why I’m not a historian.

If you’re at Kalamazoo hopefully I’ll run into you over the next four days. The description still fits – fat guy wearing a baseball cap who describes himself as “the least intelligent person here.” That’s OK, I’m on vacation. And starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, that means the book exhibit. I just hope I can control myself.


Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Conferences


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5 responses to “Kalamazoo Eve

  1. E. C. Ambrose

    May 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Am heading to the bookroom in s moment myself!

    • Curt Emanuel

      May 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      I was going to use this morning for scouting purposes only. That lasted until I got to the Ashgate booth. For those not here, this is the first booth on one side as you enter the exhibit area.

  2. Curt Emanuel

    May 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    This is when life gets funny. I mentioned to someone that I told everyone that I know nothing, like Colonel Klink. She said, “Wasn’t that Sergeant Schultz?” Not only do I know nothing but I know nothing about the guy who knows nothing.

  3. Hannah

    May 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Too bad i didnt know of you the day i went!! Nice blog! I would’ve looked for a guy with a cap and ask “hey, are you ‘the least intelligent guy here’?” lol … just for fun(;

    I think you’re humor is one of the best things about your blog(:

    My math professor tells me all the time that humor is all you need and people will listen, no matter what you have to say or teach, and no matter who you are. He teaches math. MATH. I make a sport of disliking math and cringe a little just saying the word, yet because of his light heartedness i find it interesting and oddly enough, more comprehensable.

    Anyways, I’ll follow your blog. Maybe next time we’ll get to chat!

    Cheers and good luck !

    • Curt Emanuel

      May 15, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Hey Hannah,

      Sorry I missed you. Maybe next time. I hope you enjoyed yourself while you were here. I’m pretty good at laughing at myself – I have so much practice. Take care.


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