Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Trip to the Zoo

I'm leaving shortly for Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo and I'll be back Sunday night. I will not be blogging from there as I am going blissfully computer free.

I promise not to feed the animals.

Update: I'm back. Much frivolity was had. Oh, and there was this professional conference thing going on, too. Te-hee. Actually, after I sleep for about 24 hours, I'll probably say more, but right now I'm too tired to think any more.

So tired. So very, very tired.


E Carnell said...

As long as you water us (with whiskey!)

HeoCwaeth said...

Have fun! (Sniff) I'm not jealous at all. Really!

What Now? said...

Not to "fee" the animals? What would you be charging them for? And will there be monkeys?

Karl Steel said...

Next-day action reporting here:

A highlight. Syllabus Improv.

Name a topic and get your drunk medievalist colleagues to write a syllabus around it. History of the University, not so hard. Harder? A medieval syllabus based around 'wood' (w/out the cross, we'd have been SOL).

Dr. Virago said...

EC -- I didn't note if you were drinking whiskey or not, but I hope you felt plenty watered. Lord knows the beverage flows at Kalamazoo!

WN - D'oh! Must go correct that typo!

Karl -- When the heck did you find time to do a semi-live report and why were you at a computer at 1am on Friday during the conference? But thanks for remininding me of the "wood" syllabus -- all I can remember are the bagers chasing New Kid up the Stairs of Death.

Heo Cwaeth -- There will be a next time, I'm sure!

Dr. Virago said...

Never mind, Karl, I see that's PM, not AM.

History Geek said...

Sleep? What is this sleep you speak of? *still running off about three hours and catnaps on the plane*

Karl Steel said...

I might have posted that comment in my dorm lobby *before* my laptop exploded. Thank the fsm that I backed everything up before I left and that the Intended has a laptop to lend me!

I want to take a moment here to brag about a virtuoso bit of session hoping. I saw DV's paper, slipped out to see friend's mom's (a senior medievalist) paper upstairs, sat through that Q&A, then ran downstairs to DV's session for *their* Q&A. Top that, colleagues!

How much grading did I get done? None.

But I did read (trans) of the Anglo-Norman King Horn and and Havelock on the plane home. Good stuff.

I also found another ME tee-hee, which I'll post here when I get a chance.

Dr. Virago said...

Damn, Karl, that panel-hopping *is* impressive, especially since I didn't even notice you'd left and come back. Exxxcellent.

Btw, I don't think I actually said I really liked your paper. I did. It was really good.

And wait -- you found a funnier line than "Ubbe dubbede him to kniht"?! Not possible! (Or do you mean you found another actually "tee-hee" in a ME text?)

Karl Steel said...

Thanks! Back atcha.

Oh man, there's no funnier line that Ubbe dubbede. I don't know how you got that out with a straight face.

From The Tournament of Tottenham (an ignoble tourney w/ mares and flails), from the TEAMS Sentimental and Humorous Romances (not online yet it seems):

"We te-he!" quod Tyb, and lugh,
"Ye er a dughty man!" (ll. 197-8)

Postdates Chaucer by 50+ years, so looks as though we just have another fan of the same line.

Dr. Virago said...

As you'll recall, I actually *didn't* get it out with a straight face -- and I've had practice, since I've done *three* conference papers (on different topics, actually) with that line in it. It didn't help that one of my friends in the audience started laughing, knowing that it was my favorite (goofy) line in all of Middle English.

As for that later "te-he" -- awesome! In fact, I think I'll have to say "We, te-he, ye ar a dughty man" to someone someday.

Fast Fizzy said...

So what do you all call yourselves now that you've gotten together? The "Brainy Bunch"?
I could write some verses for your theme song!