Once in awhile I get emails asking me for more info, and once in awhile I'm thrown for a loop. I received a message from a student working on gender and refugee issues. She wrote:
I read that you are "interested in the history and anthropology of witchcraft in West Africa," as well as Islam and gender issues, so I wonder if you might be able to assist me in my research.
Wow. I'm a programming person, not an academic, and far from an expert on Mali or women or witchcraft or Islam. It turns out that she found me on the siyanda.org website doing a general search for Mali. I've gotten a few strange offers via that website (transport policy in Tunisia?!) but at least it's nice to know that people use it.
I half-heartedly put up an Obama08 bumper sticker in our window. I'm lukewarm. I feel as if at least with Hillary there was no more dirt to dig up, but with Obama I fear some sort of "October Surprise." MoBob is not immune. He recently invoked the name of Obama in exhorting me to change my sleeping habits. Alas, Obama stickers are available in Hebrew but not Arabic.
ETA: OK, whoever came up with the Mormons for Obama thong is either a non-member or a member with a warped sense of humor.
I'm still in the closet about my support for Obama. If McCain picks Romney for his VP, goodness, I'll never be able to tell my parents and inlaws who I really voted for. Maybe I should use this as an opportunity to come out, and let my parents see just how I really feel. Something for me to think about...