Tomorrow morning, my son, Nikolas Eissinger, along with my colleague Erin Renn (currently my colleague at Fresno State, but soon to be a fellow grad student at UC Merced) will pile into the Volvo for our trip to the Queen Mary for the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Anthropological Association (SWAA). This will be the end of my first full year as a member of the Executive Board of SWAA, and although I’m not presenting, I’m really looking forward to the event. This will be the first time that both Nik and Erin will be presenting papers at an academic conference, and I’m looking forward to being able to bask in the reflected light of their success. I have not attended a conference at which I haven’t been presenting a paper for quite some time, and it’s going to be nice to just pick out some papers i want to hear, chair a panel, attend the banquet, and chill in the ocean breezes on the deck of the Queen Mary. I also hope to see my colleague, Doctor Elvia Rodriguez, from UC Riverside, who is coming over for one day to hang out at the conference.
Earlier today, Nikolas, presented his paper to his undergraduate anthropology class at Fresno City College. His instructor, James Mallooly is a former member of the SWAA Executive Board and was pleased with Nik’s paper and presentation. That helped calm some of his butterflies. He presents mid-day, on Friday, so he’ll be able to relax for the rest of the conference. Erin, on the other hand, has to wait until Saturday morning for her panel (which, I believe, I’m chairing).
I’m sure we’ll have a great time.