I'll be in Boston over the weekend. Yes, the secret is out - it turns out that the Red Sox decided they needed someone other than Eric Gagne in short relief and called me up. I told them that I'm "late thirty-something" years old, I've always been a starter, and I hate the Red Sox, but did they listen? No... "statistical formulas" don't lie, or some foolishness like that. So seeing as how I still pack heat like the oven door, I'll be blowing the dust off the old chainsaw and thus out of touch (and also missing the DC party of the year, from what I hear, though I hope everyone has fun without me).
On the off-chance that the Red Sox don't need me, though, I'll try to drop in on at the annual conference of Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle East Studies, "The Middle East Today: New Perspectives on a Changing Landscape." While I'm there, I might as well give a talk about "what the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood wants", and listen to presentations by Abdel Monem Said Aly, Asher Susser, Stacey Yadav, Nagmeh Sohrabi, Farideh Farhi, Nader Habibi, Jon Alterman, Khalil Shikaki, Yehuda Ben Meir, Joshua Landis, Itamar Rabinovich and Shai Feldman. As far as I know, it's open to the public (though they seem to be asking for pre-registration on their website). Blogging over the weekend will be subject to the whims of the gods of wireless.
Next week my schedule calms down and blogging about things other than my travel schedule will hopefully resume.