Saturday, November 11, 2006

MEMESAK '06

I haven't been posting of late since I've been at the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea Conference at Yonsei University in Seoul.

The conference (I'm still here at the moment) has been absolutely wonderful. I hadn't been able to attend MEMESAK for a few years, and the Association has really grown into a center for Asian medieval and early modern studies, now regularly drawing participants from other countries as well. The plenary speaker was Paul Szarmach, who gave a smashing paper on Aefric's Judith, and I'm happy to say that no one threw rotten produce after my own paper, "Medievalists without Borders" (spoofed as "Medievalist without Boredom" here).

Of special interest to the blogosphere is Jeffery Hodges, whose site Gypsy Scholar I read every day. Jeffery is a very nice guy with a very nice hat, for those who are wondering. In fact, I urge him to post an image of said hat post haste, so that the world may wonder at it!

I have to admit, that big, centered picture of me on Gypsy Scholar is a little scary. Even I'm intimidated!

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  1. I'm also scared, maybe too afraid to post any more blog entries since I'll have to confront you in all your renown!

    Unless I get over my fear, I'll never be able to post an image of myself wearing that very special cap.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  2. Horace, would you stop acting so modest? You're not that well known.

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  3. Brendan11:11 AM

    If memory serves, he prefers Jeffery.....

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  4. Well ... at least I'm well-known to Brendan...

    Jeffery Hodges

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  5. And he lets you post here...

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  6. Alan, just so I'm clear ... are you joking with me, or annoyed with me?

    I haven't quite caught your intended tone, so I'm a bit perplexed.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  7. Remember folks, if they're too busy trying to figure out your motives, they're too busy to get into trouble. :)

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  8. Okay, now, I've got it.

    Good thing, too. I can immediately get back to my main job -- getting into trouble!

    Jeffery Hodges

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  9. Brendan2:30 PM

    How 'The Waltons' might handle this:

    John-boy: "Gee Ma, I'm sure glad that misunderstanding just 'bout all over and done with, huh"

    Ma Walton: "Damn straight, Johnboy........damn straight"

    John-boy: "Ma! Why you cussin'!?"

    Ma: "I've had just about 'nuff your cheek, John-boy! Take that!" (smacks John-boy on the mouth so he falls clean off the porch!)

    And all's well that ends well....

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  10. ... till Johnboy, tired of silently enduring the long years of abuse, picks himself up from that hardscrabble ground, dusts off his shabby, faded jeans, and goes for his old faithful shotgun...

    Jeffery Hodges

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  11. Brendan11:53 AM

    ......'it would be "good night, Grandma" for real' this time Johnboy thought, smiling maniacally.

    He strode off macabrely (uh huh, that's right), heading straight for his weapons stash.

    He did not pause (nope, no pausing) to reflect on the unfortunate conmbination of lax gun laws and strict morals that had brought the whole sorry situation to such a soon to be tragic head.....

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  12. ...Johnboy quickly changed into his wolf suit and, accompanied by his similarly clad buddy JoeBobBoy, grabbed Grandma, stuffed her into a sheepskin, tossed her into the back seat of the family car, and took off, wheels spinning this story in an unexpected direction...

    Jeffery Hodges

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  13. Brendan9:50 AM

    ......."well, I'll be damned", said Grandpa, who was watching from an upstairs windown.

    "I surely didn't think the boy had it in him, nor did I know he owned a wolf suit"

    Grandpa had a myriad of interesting and diverse thoughts in his head. Thoughts he badly need to....., well, think about. But he was very tired, and needed to get some rest.

    "I'll look into the situation at the first available opportunity" he said to himself, but not before then. Satisfied, he slept.....

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