Pop Culture & The Meaning of Life

Killer Tribes or Bust

It’s going down ya’ll, and you’re invited. “It” is the Killer Tribes Conference in Nashville on March 31, and I’ll be there.

Half of you know exactly what I’m talking about, but about one-third of you probably don’t. Killer Tribes is the love child of Bryan Allain and his brain. Bryan is a fellow Pennsylvanifornian with way more experience at blogging than me. He also interacts with the Amish on a semi-regular basis. I’ve been following for the past few weeks as he’s been setting up this conference, and it’s impressive. I can’t even coordinate meals during long workdays.

I’m really excited to meet a lot of real live humans. Great peeps like Jess Buttram and Leigh Kramer will be there. There’s a rumor that even Knox McCoy will be there bench pressing stuff, but I might be making that up. I’m driving down with my friend Kim and am bunking up with the one and only Tyler Tarver, state laws permitting. We’re totally going to build a fort out of patio furniture in our room and then eat Chik-Fil-A in it.

Tyler already took care to explain what this conference is all about. I can’t really say it any better unless I try.

“Yeah, it’s got some great speakers and talkers and peoples and stuff, but it’s also going to be like a High School Reunion for people you wish you went to high school with that you talk to on the Internet.

I’m really hoping I show up and everyone is a 43 year old computer salesman with a mustache and deep breathing problems, just like me.”

Thanks Tyler. That pretty much sums it up and means a lot to me because I have deep breathing problems too, but in case you want to know more here’s a video that also won’t help although I laughed a lot at around the fifty second mark.

Those two guys in that video with Bryan with a Y are Tripp and Tyler also with a Y. They’ll be at the conference too which means we’ll be able to put captions under photos when we’re done that say “A good time was had by all” like my grandma used to not say when I was a kid.

Who else will be there? Jeff Goins, Derek Webb, Carlos Whittaker, and other people. Why even friend of the show TamaraOutLoud will be speaking there and brandishing her squirrel foot collection or something. Check out the complete lineup and register here.

I’ll be speaking at the conference too, just not from the stage. But I’ll speak back to anyone who talks to me. Unless my mouth is full of Chik-Fil-A. Then you might have to wait a second.

I should also point out that Sharideth of A Woman’s Guide to Women: A Blog for Men will be there. This might be of particular interest to whoever spent a day randomly searching the internet wondering if eduClaytion is really a secret front for Sharideth’s masculine side. This peculiar thought showed up on Ricky Anderson’s site as well as mine.

If we both show up then you’ll know the truth Chad. But if you never see us in the same place then it’s probably a Clark Kent/Superman thing and you should be suspicious.

But you’ll have to come to Nashville on March 31 to find out. Actually, you should come on March 30 for the Friday evening meet & greet. I have a meeting in the city earlier that day, so I’ll have to slip on my party dress and speed over.

Seriously, I can’t wait to meet everyone. And yes, I know I’ve been absent a lot lately and keep pretending that I’ll announce all the new stuff, but this time I really mean it. Everything should be revealed within the next week or two.

So who is going to Killer Tribes?

Have you ever stayed in a hotel room with people you’ve only fake met before?

February 23, 2012 - Posted by | Life


  1. Now I want to go too! Sounds like a blast. I am a great fort builder!!
    I was just thinking about you Clay and wondered where you have been hiding/hanging out…

    Comment by susielindau | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Hiding in the writing cave. Hoping to emerge here soon for spring!

      Comment by educlaytion | February 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. True: Killer Tribes or Bust!

    Several times I’ve lodged with folks I have never met. It’s like a box of chocolates.

    Comment by Kim Wilson | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • You mean it’s all cramped and sometimes you melt?

      Comment by educlaytion | February 23, 2012 | Reply

  3. You got your funny on.
    And I am N.V.Us. (Hmm. Doesn’t work as well as Will.I.Am). But I’ll live. Frozen in my igloo, feeling like eating a bison in a spring that won’t have sprung. Remember the little people, eh?
    And I’m starting to think this announcement thing is a myth that you’re perpetuating to keep people from wandering away from Educlaytion. Clever, hunh?
    And I need to stop starting sentences with And.

    Comment by Leanne Shirtliffe | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • We’re sad that you won’t be there. If there’s any positive takeaway it’s that we may avoid getting arrested now. And yes the announcement(s) are real! Promise.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • I so wish you could come to Killer Tribes, Leanne. It won’t be the same without you!

      Comment by HopefulLeigh | February 24, 2012 | Reply

      • Thanks, Leigh. I’m sending my posse (or my proxies?) instead.
        And, Clay. Don’t you have some police or arrest or sim stories all on your own? You don’t need me to get into trouble.

        Comment by Leanne Shirtliffe | February 24, 2012 | Reply

        • Indeed. I’ll be holding onto your proxies all weekend eh?

          Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. When I was a kid I watched this TV series that I think was about The Flash and in one episode, The Flash’s friend became suspicious that he was secretly a superhero, so The Flash said, “Hey, isn’t that The Flash?!” and when his friend looked away, The Flash flashed away and between a few trees and then returned to his friend’s side in normal clothing before his friend turned back around, thus convincing his friend he wasn’t The Flash.

    Anyway, it’s not like that with you and Sharideth, is it, because I’m onto you if it is.

    Comment by Jess | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • I used to watch the Flash too. If it is like that with Sharideth and I then this is really her writing this.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Did you see how we got top billing? TWINSIES RULE.

      Comment by HopefulLeigh | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  5. Yay! I’m so glad that you’re able to go and that we’ll get to meet and annoy everyone with Psych quotes. I can only imagine how much trouble is going to ensue when the whole gang is together.

    I’ve stayed with people I’ve only fake met many o’ times in the past year and a half. I haven’t had a bad experience yet!

    Comment by HopefulLeigh | February 24, 2012 | Reply

    • We are gonna have to Shawn & Gus it up for sure.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  6. Wish I could be there. Kick Tarver in the shins for me.

    Comment by Ricky Anderson | February 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Tarver said he’ll carry a likeness of you in his wallet if you want.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

      • That’d be great. Then he can pull it out and talk to others for me. He’ll be my official spokesman.

        Comment by Ricky Anderson | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  7. that sounds rad. and really fun. wish I could be there with you fine folks and get to say, “a good time was had by all,” just like my Grandma used to not-say.

    Comment by EllieAnn | February 24, 2012 | Reply

    • 🙂 It’s like we’re speaking in clever people code.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  8. Sounds like fun, but I won’t be there. I’ll be hanging out at a Burger King drive-thru with people I’ve only fake met before. Somehow, my plans don’t sound as exciting as yours…not sure why, though.

    I’m sure you’ll have a blast, Clay! 🙂

    Comment by PCC Advantage | February 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Maybe you can take the time to fake meet some new people.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

      • I would love to fake meet some new people. It would give me a chance to showcase my fake personality. 😉

        Comment by PCC Advantage | February 24, 2012 | Reply

        • I recommend starting in an elevator. Try smelling someone’s hair.

          Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

          • Maybe I could smell someone’s fake hair? That’s bound to work out well.

            Comment by PCC Advantage | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  9. Hey, Clay! Way to namedrop without giving me a linksie! Thanks for that! 😉 (Seriously, my traffic could use the boost).

    Also, thanks for your kind comment on Rob’s blog–I’m glad I don’t stink!

    Since I’ll not be there, guess I’ll never know. 😉

    Comment by randomlychad | February 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Everybody’s a critic. Your name was that last thing I added to this post, so I moved too fast. That’s how rusty I am after this extended blog absence I suppose. Fixed now. I thought you’d be there.

      Comment by educlaytion | February 24, 2012 | Reply

      • Thanks, man!

        I so wish, but I just got my kids a swingset (which I have to, like, pay for), for the first since… ever, I owe on my taxes, and my wife’s birthday comes right after KT. Thus, all “fundage” is otherwise allocated/encumbered.


        Comment by randomlychad | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  10. If I get a chance I’ll swing by and say hello. This is where I live, after all (and if I have the time, I’ll point out to you guys the best non-touristy places to eat and visit, OK?)

    Comment by Howlin' Mad Heather | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  11. That is so cool that you’re going and that you’ll get to meet all of those bloggers! I hope you have a great time!

    Comment by thoughtsappear | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  12. What a great opportunity to learn and also to share what you’ve learned. It should be a terrific exchange of information. Don’t forget the old cliche, “What happens in Nashville, should be shared with everyone.” 🙂

    Comment by mj monaghan | February 26, 2012 | Reply

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