On the Road Again: The Skeptics’ Circle, a possible meetup, and Other Administrativia

In a couple of hours, I’ll be en route to my favorite city in the world, a place where, although I lived there for but a brief three years, I felt completely at home.

Chicago, baby!

Yes, I’m on the way to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. While there, I’ll be checking out the latest and greatest findings from the world of cancer therapy. As any blogger would, I’m hoping not just to learn something but to find interesting blog material.

In the meantime, don’t forget that the 88th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching on Thursday, June 5 at Jyunri Kankei. If you’re a skeptical blogger, don’t forget to submit the best stuff you’ve written over the last couple of weeks, and then both bloggers and readers should join us on June 5 to peruse the best of the skeptical blogosphere. It’ll be just one day after Jenny McCarthy’s antivaccination woo-fest of a rally in Washington, D.C.; so I’m sure we’ll all need a healthy dose of sanity, science, and reason. Instructions for submitting to this week’s Circle can be found here; the schedule and guidelines for submissions, here; and, if you think you might want to host one of these puppies, the guidelines for hosts, here.

Finally, I don’t know if there will be time for me to indulge in a meetup in Chicago (meetings always seem to suck me in until well into the evening), but I’m going to see if I can find time. What I thought I’d do is to ask all my readers in the Chicago area who might be interested in seeing the man behind the clear plastic box of blinking lights either to e-mail me or leave a comment below. Depending on the level of interest expressed and whether I can find time on Sunday or Monday night, I might just do it. (No interest, no meetup.) If I decide there’s interest and time, I’ll probably choose someplace in either Bucktown, Wicker Park, or Lincoln Park, all of which I know quite well (indeed, one of my favorite pubs when I used to live in Chicago was John Barleycorn at Lincoln Ave. and W. Belden Ave.), unless someone can suggest a place downtown, which I don’t know as well.

So, what say you?