The journey begins — I’m off to the @AAS_arachnology meetings

It takes a while to escape the gravitational pull of Morris, Minnesota, so we’re about to leave for the Twin Cities so I can catch an early morning flight to exotic Lexington, VA for the American Arachnological Society 2019 meeting. It feels a bit strange. There’s some imposter syndrome going on in my head, only I really am an imposter — I just started exploring arachnology this year, so I’m nothing but a novice.

I’m going to pretend I’m a bewildered and confused and uncertain first-year graduate student at this meeting. Just ignore the wrinkles and the grey beard, OK?

I’m also excited to get my first spider meeting t-shirt.


  1. leerudolph says

    Just ignore the wrinkles and the grey beard, OK?

    That’s the usual result of being bitten by a radioactive spider; Peter Parker was a rare exception.

  2. anxionnat says

    Wow! Are people giving out samples? Like chocolate covered…no, damn, that was insects. Enjoy the conference and the spiders!
    BTW I enjoy the pics you attach. Spiders are so beautiful in all their alien weirdness. Thank you for the updates.