I had a really fine time at UMN. CFact — a campus conservative environmental group — was a fine host. My talk seemed well received. People laughed at the appropriate spots (at Ithaca earlier this month when I gave a talk about diversity I felt like I should stop every now and then and say “these are the jokes people”) and asked a lot of thoughtful questions. What was particularly interesting was that while the relatively smallish room was packed, NRO readers and folks who saw a mention on Powerline outnumbered students by — I’d guess — five to one. I shudder to imagine what the room would have been like if only students attended.
I also shudder to think what I will do to the kid from CFact who was supposed to drive me to the airport this morning but slept through his alarm leaving me stranded — should I ever encounter him again.
A major highpoint was meeting and having beers with James Lileks who joined a bunch of students and NRO readers at some bar — I believe called Big 10. We cornerd a few tables and had a fine time talking all things blogish, conservative, family life and whatnot. Lileks is not only a very, very nice and smart guy, but I can also report he’s literally half the man I am.
Update I now see that Lileks has already — and very kindly — recounted the events of last night. He leaves out that he was as greeted like Aragorn at the Prancing Pony Inn at the Big Ten. But again, very good dude.