Comments on: Hotshot Harry from Tucumcari’s first dispatch from AHA HQ http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:03:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/comment-page-1/#comment-171086 Sun, 04 Jan 2009 02:36:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2664#comment-171086 That’s great, Susan–the verisimilitude of the uniform is disconcerting, isn’t it? I wonder if people will shake it up a little bit at the meeting in San Diego next winter, when it will be (as it always is) 70 degrees and sunny. Part of the wardrobe problem for historians at this conference is that it’s always (bafflingly) in a Northern city in January (hence the wool issue that Harry notes above.)

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/comment-page-1/#comment-171060 Sun, 04 Jan 2009 02:21:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2664#comment-171060 So, I arrive in the lobby of the Hilton yesterday, and as I spend about 1/2 hour waiting to check in to the hotel, I keep seeing people and thinking “I think I know that person” — and then I realized that it’s just because they look like historians!

I did go to one session yesterday, but today I met with a colleague on a joint project, and then played hooky by taking my grand-daughter to see the Nutcracker.

So no exciting gossip — the only thing that is fun about the AHA is seeing people you haven’t seen for years.

Oh, and Historiann, I do keep running into people who were at the Berks last summer and say how terrific it was!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/comment-page-1/#comment-170796 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 22:44:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2664#comment-170796 You’re like most of the westerners I’ve heard from, James–sitting this one out, happily. Good luck with your snow-shoveling.

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By: James Stripes http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/comment-page-1/#comment-170588 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 19:27:00 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2664#comment-170588 One year during graduate school I managed to work the job centers at both the MLA and the AHA. Now, that’s some travel and expense! Mostly for naught, except the bargains at the book fair. Planning for these conferences means carrying an extra suitcase for the books.

This year, the recollection that I’m at neither one of these mega-conferences brings pleasure to the daily hour of lifting a snow shovel.

I’m neither a fashion setter, nor an observant follower of appropriate trends. But as a Western historian, I enjoy wearing my bolo tie at least once per year in the classroom. On the other hand, I don’t own a pair of cowboy boots. I prefer Trask shoes made with Montana bison leather in Italy and elsewhere.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/comment-page-1/#comment-170362 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 15:28:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2664#comment-170362 Yeah–the really daring ones wear cowboy boots and (the men) bolo ties. But, there are exceptions: I work with 5 U.S. Western historians at Baa Ram U., and none of them dress like that on a regular basis. (Perhaps there is some chunky jewelry worn occasionally among the women, but not often.)

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By: GayProf http://www.historiann.com/2009/01/02/hotshot-harry-from-tucumcaris-first-dispatch-from-aha-hq/comment-page-1/#comment-170357 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 15:23:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2664#comment-170357 Don’t forget to look for the clunky wood and/or turquoise jewelry that marks a (U.S.) Western historian. I think it’s required upon passing your exams to start wearing it.

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