short update

  • This weekend I’m heading to an Intertribal Powwow. This will be the second time I’m attending this event – you can read about my last experience here.  I’ll be attending with a friend who identifies as Native American, and I’ll be armed with the Nikon – so I’m expecting a richer experience, and will walk away with “thicker” visual ethnography…I hope. We’re bringing several students from our World Music Cultures course, so I’ll be there with my teacher hat on as well as my ethnographer hat.
  • Next weekend I’m heading back to NOLA. I’ve got so much to do, but this trip will prove fruitful as I’ll be setting up several interviews and narrowing my focus to specific musicians and locations. If I’m lucky, I’ll catch a bounce show, too. It seems as though every weekend I’m not in NOLA, a huge bounce show happens… figures!  For now, I’m reading, reading, reading…
  • I’ve got a great home office setup right now – I “pimped” out my office with corkboard cubes and a giant whiteboard to post my weekly objectives. Simple things make me happy. I’m starting to get into my thesis groove. As long as I keep moving forward, I’ll feel good about things.

Short Note: NOLA-Bound

Well, I made it through most of this hellish week. I was going to leave for NOLA tonight, but it looks like I’ll be in the office ’til early tomorrow morning.  For better or worse, the exams are done, about 60% of my grading is done, my topic proposals are in, and my blood tests came back negative. You know you spend too much time at work when you leave an extra set of bowls in your office for your dogs. This evening I was so tired that I caught myself grading my own exam key – 13 times.

Thanks to all for both the public and private motivational messages that landed in various places this week – they really do help. I’m looking forward to heading home for a few days. I’m pretty sure that doing ethnographic fieldwork during Mardi Gras gives me the best career on the planet –