Expect a substantial post as soon as I can get out from under the grading that ambushed me as soon as I stepped in my door. But, first, a few awards and memories:
For hilarity, enthusiasm, for the promise of transforming the profession, and for throwing the best darn parties: this year's BABEL core (Eileen, Betsy McCormick, Myra Seaman, and Justin Brent).
For being everyone's Lodestar: Anna Kłosowska
For being some of my new favorite people in the world: Christine Neufeld, Holly Crocker, Dan Remein
For de-zombifying me in the airport: Tison Pugh, James Schultz, Martha Driver
Some trivia: How many times moved to tears (or at least wetter eyes) during sessions this time? Three. Eileen's Guthlac paper (the description of the two demons watching Guthlac, weeping over his fortitude); many times during the Pete Beidler session (including tears of laughter at the image of PB, at a Kzoo session on clothing, getting on a table to don his Foot-Mantel); Steve Guthrie's paper on torture ("You start with the present because that's where the bodies are buried"): if you slept in Sunday, you missed a lot.
Favorite New Session Title that I'll Never Get to Use: "Crazy Shit I found in the PL." (if the first year's a success, we'll continue with the CCCM and MGH).