Your ASA Vegas Bingo Card

The ASA‘s Annual Conference is this weekend. I’m flying in from Sydney, so if I see you there and don’t recognize you, or fall asleep at your talk, or forget my own name, then please accept my apologies in advance. This year it’s being held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, which may be the most exciting thing to happen to professional sociology since Ulysses G. Weatherly took Edward A. Ross out to a disastrous surprise birthday dinner at a Chinese restaurant in 1899. As the conference website says, “Some of the world’s most exciting and versatile entertainers perform here including Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Jerry Seinfeld, and so many more.” Sadly, we are going to miss Cher, Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart by a week or so on either side. It’s worth noting that all of these exciting and versatile entertainers are about the same age as ASA headliner Randy Collins, give or take three or four years. Unlike them, Randy writes all his own material.

Here, then, is your card. You can click for a larger version. Feel free to toot your Bingo progress on the Twitter using this custom-made #ASA2011 hashtag. Remember, there are BIG PRIZES to be won, especially if you shout out “BINGO!” in the middle of a plenary session.*

ASA 2010 Bingo Card

*There are no big prizes to be won. I take no responsibility whatsoever for any professional or personal consequences stemming from shouting out “BINGO” in the middle of a plenary session.


Written by Kieran

August 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

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  1. Hilarious.

    Though it’s sad I can identify myself in a few of those.


    Scott Dolan

    August 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  2. One of my pet peeves is “My question is more of a comment …”



    August 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  3. We covered that one last year.



    August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

  4. When is the iPhone app for this coming out?



    August 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  5. It’s true, my SEO people keep telling me I need to find a way to monetize this.



    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

  6. I know there’s no apostrophe in Caesars Palace, but dammit, there ought to be one,


    Jay Livingston

    August 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  7. I love this.


  8. Another fun one is: Witness grad student staring too long at star scholar during SIG party…and gets caught.



    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  9. Great, as always. (I’m going to assume “guy” can be interpreted as gender neutral since the book exhibit circler could easily be a woman and should also count.:)

    Have you ever had “This is just an exploratory study” as a response to a question about research design or methods? If not then that’s my nomination for next year.



    August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  10. I was there for people last year with “More than 3 ribbons on conference badge,” and will likely be there this year for people at one time or another as Row 4, Column 3, and numerous times as Row 1, Column 2. I’m also president of a section that doesn’t always have great attendance at sections–would it help if I made a deal with somebody to take care of Row 4, Column 2 during their talk?



    August 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  11. If we are able to add some of our own:

    “The person assigned to timekeeping loses track of time”

    And one suggestion: make sure to delay posting bingo if you win in column 2 or row 2. Relationships matter.


    Scott Dolan

    August 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  12. If you want to fill the lower-right corner, come to my session.



    August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  13. […] Orgtheory. Hope to see many of you […]


  14. I want to add, “Abandoned mid-conversation because someone more important walked by.”

    Also, it’s now my goal in life to be a square on one of these cards…


    Shamus Khan

    August 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  15. You forgot a very important square: “Hearing the phrase ‘ways in which’ when the word “how” would suffice. I’m on my 15th year of a campaign to crush that idiotic phrase. Love the Bingo card. Nicely done. Hope to meet you and also remember your name.


    Greg Scott (@2thirty)

    August 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

  16. You inspired me to blog about sociology, sociologists, and the hilarity of an annual convention of people who, by and large, suffer from fairly serious social ineptitude.


    Greg Scott (@2thirty)

    August 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  17. I will be laughing out loud when I find that ASA tote bag at a slot machine. I’m nearly certain that I’ll see that.

    ASA bingo is the funniest running gag in all of sociology. Although I can’t think of a second funny running gag in sociology…



    August 19, 2011 at 12:55 am

  18. kieran, you missed one: spotting a colleague at a slot machine instead of talking about how much he/she hates caesars palace. thanks for the laughs as always!


    Helen Marrow

    August 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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