Well . . . schnike
It was a great disappointment to me that I could not make it to Philadelphia earlier this week for the Society of Civil War Historians meeting, both because I missed the session I was supposed to chair and because I missed the best part of these things; namely, catching up with friends and comrades in the field.
What happened was this: When I found out the panel I was on had been accepted by the program committee and scheduled for Tuesday morning, I made reservations along with a colleague to be in Philadelphia on Sunday evening and rearranged my teaching schedule a bit so I could catch as much of the program as possible. Then, however, I found out my daughter’s two-week pre-kindergarten class began that Monday, which involved her first bus ride to and from school and I wasn’t going to miss that if there was anyway I could avoid doing so. Fortunately, I was able to change my flight to late Monday afternoon. So far, so good–everything’s coming up Milhouse.
Then came Monday afternoon. Since I was going to be away for just one night and only packed a small bag, as my wife dropped me off at the KCI terminal I anticipated smooth sailing through the various hoops between Kansas City and Philly. Thus, I was stunned to see a huge line to the USAir check-in counter and learn that my flight had been cancelled due to bad weather. I then made some calls and got booked on a Midwest flight later that evening that went through Milwaukee. When I reached the ticket counter for Midwest, though, they were honest enough to let me know they did not have much confidence that any flight to Philadelphia would go that night. As the prospect of being stranded in Milwaukee until I could catch a flight that would almost certainly reach Philadelphia too late for me to make my session had little appeal to me, I made some more calls and cancelled my reservations altogether. I then left messages with some folks already at the conference that I would not be coming.
Anyway, I apologize to the conference organizers for my absence. I also thank Susannah Bruce of Sam Houston State University for stepping in to fill my slot on the program.
Oh yeah, since you asked Tom, when I said I owed you a beer at the Union League no adjustments for inflation were implied. So if I see you at Chambersburg in July, it is still A beer.