Thursday, January 04, 2007

Inside Cameron

Now that Z has told you about how he was famous outside Cameron Indoor Stadium, I will tell you about what happened when we went inside.

At around 11:30 am, we were allowed to go inside Cameron. (For those of you who don't know what Cameron is, it's Duke's basketball stadium.) We headed upstairs to find our seats. Our two sets of tickets were a few rows away from one another. Z and I sat in Row B in the second level and Mommy and Daddy sat in Row I in the second level. Mommy and Daddy could see us from their seats.

Since Cameron is such a small stadium, there is no need for screens, and any seat in the stadium is a good spot to watch the game from. It feels more like a house full of family members than a stadium full of strangers. Mommy and Daddy even let us go to the bathroom on our own, where as if we were in, say, the Verizon Center, they would never let us do that.

So anyway, when we got to our seats, we found that Uncle Pete had left some papers on our seats. They were about the game. We watched the players practice and the fans file in. Eventually, the scoreboard showed how long it would be till the game started. We got our snacks for the game, took last minute bathroom breaks, and then got in our seats.

The players were introduced and the game started. All of us did the chants and cheers that were led by the students. (Z and I did accidentally knock over our drink.) I was very happy to see what happened at timeouts. (I have always wondered.) Z and I were very happy that our first game in Cameron Indoor Stadium concluded with a win!


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Hanging With the Crazies

Well, we got 4 tickets to go to a Duke game (the first for Julie and me). It was awesome! (Thanks Uncle Pete!) It was Duke vs. San Jose State. Duke won 70 to 51. OK, now I will tell you how I was hanging with the Cameron Crazies...

It's December 31, 2006. The Duke game is at 1:00 pm and we went at 11:30 am. That is when the gates opened. We got there and there were about 20 Duke students on line. One of them was Mom's former kindergarten student. Mom had us take a picture with her. When we did, the students behind us started going crazy because I had "Duke" shaved into the back of my head. Some said I was their hero. Others said I was their favorite person. We took a bunch of pictures of them and me...well, the back of my head.

Then, a different girl went up to Mom and asked where she used to teach in Durham. When Mom told her, the girl said Mom was her kindergarten teacher!

Then, it was time to go in. That is how I was hanging with the Crazies!


Page Proofs

It is only January 2, but it has already been a fun year, professionally speaking. A few months ago, I mentioned an article that I have been working on for a couple of years now, and how patience is the guiding word when trying to shepherd a manuscript through the review and publication process. Well, today was a cool milestone in that process. The publisher (Blackwell) sent me the page proofs for the article, which will be appearing in the inaugural issue of a journal called Regulation & Governance.

Page proofs are neat in that it is the first time you get to see your article in the format in which it will appear when published. Prior to this point, the manuscript had been living on my computer and USB drive as a boring old Word document.

One thing that is distinctive about the page proofs for this article (I would post them, but am prohibited from doing so, according to the Exclusive License Form that I signed a couple of months back) is that there are 22 queries that came up during the process of converting the manuscript to the journal's format. It is now up to me to answer these queries, most of which have to do with clarifying bibliographic information (e.g., provide the date, month, and year for a bunch of works that are cited in the paper).

No big deal, but one more example of patience...every time I think I am done with this article, there seems to be yet another task that has to be completed before the research will finally see the light of day. Stay tuned...


Monday, January 01, 2007

R U Rah

Can't miss the opportunity to give a "shout out" to my Rutgers Scarlet Knights for winning their first ever post-season bowl. While a trip to the Orange Bowl would have been nice (oh, so close), a win against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl is a welcome victory after years and years of disappointing seasons.

While personally for me, the finest win ever recorded by a Rutgers football team occurred in 1989 against the Penn State Nittany Lions, this latest victory puts Rutgers back on the map and will hopefully get a few NJ players to stay in NJ!

One atrocity? Here I am...a Rutgers NJ on Bowl Day...and the game is not on television. I'm not sure where the blame lies but I do know that I would have loved to have watched that game with my Dad on the TV room couch instead of hearing the final score on the 11 o'clock news. Who messed that one up for all the alums who had waited so long to watch their boys? All about the bucks, I guess...but that's fodder for a different blog!