I’m back from the ESA conference, and will be parceling out reports on the cool research I saw over the next couple of weeks. I also will have a special guest post tomorrow about a Resource/Cookbook I know we will all need for our Holiday Entertaining!!
A highlight from the meeting:
Immediately preceding the ESA meeting, there was a cheerleader conference in the same building the Entomologists used.
It was in fact the Greater Midwest Cheer Expo, and I am not linking that site, because there hasn’t been a website that made such horrible use of clip art and blinking GIFs since….um…1992. When it would have been state of the art.
And not just any cheerleaders were competing…JUNIOR cheerleaders.
As in, kids from age 5 to 10. I cannot express to you just how horrible it was to see small children dressed in midriff-baring, lowcut cheer uniforms, stroking their stuff and pelvic thrusting as they tried to be Beyonce on a videophone. Each of them had enough make-up on to cover at least 3 Tammy-Faye Bakers.
One of the folks at the meeting coined the term “prostitots”, which was appallingly accurate. I could not find an online photo, and I was afraid to take any photos, but the uniforms were about this revealing.
On an adult woman–ROWR. On a kid–EWWWW.
There was a short period during which the two meetings overlapped. Entomologists in Suits. Kids in Thongs covered in glitter.
The end result: SPARKLY ENTOMOLOGISTS.
That part, at least, was awesome.