I presented at Eastern Sociological Society meetings today in Boston. Only on like Wednesday did I realize that I was also appointed "presider" of the session, so I felt an extra impulse to be their a little early to make sure the AV was set up, etc.. The talk was at 1pm, so I planned to leave my apartment at 11:30, maybe 11:45. As it turned out, I was still fiddling with my slides at ten 'til noon. And then I realized that my flash drive didn't work, so I couldn't use the most obvious means of moving the presentation to my tablet. And then I couldn't get a wireless connection in my apartment. So I ended up having to walk over and duck into one of the classroom buildings to log my tablet into Harvard wireless and move the talk over that way. I made it there in time, partly because of a kickass cab driver: "I have been doing this 16 years. I know all the best ways to everywhere."
I would have just as soon realized I had forgotten to tuck my shirt in sometime sooner than when I was standing in front of everyone making sure the projector was set up properly.
The talk itself went well. Moreover, despite certain suspicions about sociology's regional meetings, the panel as a whole was at least as good as the average panel I've been involved with at the ASA meetings.
(Also: brief sightings of a couple sociology bloggers (here and here), even though I was in the hotel for only two hours total.)