who would've thought Tempe in July would be cool?
I'm not the type to blog, but I'm all signed up for the research institute and the conference (haven't even heard back yet on the fate of our panel proposal) and I just can't contain myself -- I'm hella amped at the thought of Tempe in July.
This was unanticipated.
But I couldn't hate the idea of 110 degrees for long. I mean, the research institute looks excellent -- this was such a good idea coming out of last year's conf (and you rock, Shirley + exec board, for making it happen) and it comes at a great time for me at my own institution. The conference -- well, what can you say about the conference that hasn't been said? (Or filmed.) Excellent people doing their thing, my annual injection of (in)sanity to sustain another trip 'round the sun made of mad-WPA days.
One dilemma that's really not: I'm driving down (a 9-hour drive -- in the west, 9 hours is barely worth getting in the car for, and what is there to say besides ROAD TRIP!) and it'd be ideal to bring the Jeep for some famous AZ off-roading. But of course the more environmentally responsible (and, not coincidentally, economical) route would be to tool on down in the Civic hybrid. (650 miles, one 13 gal. tank, you do the math.) Definitely the better city car, too, so I can pick up chicks (you know who you are :-).
I do have an offer, for any of the perhaps 3 people reading this: I've booked a non-smoking at the Palms w/ double beds, and it'd be nice to share costs with a roommate. My snoring is only moderate and at this conference I'm usually only in the room from about 1 - 6:30 a.m., so said roomie wouldn't have to put up with me too much. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in sharing.
Hard to believe it's only 3 months away, but that's still a long time to wait. (Maybe I should get myself checked -- it's not normal or safe to be this excited about a conference.) Thanks so much to CWPA and the local arrangements committee for lining up what looks like another excellent WPA experience.