Okay — I’m packing up here at the Sleepytime Motel. I’m going to go say goodbye to N at her restaurant and then head for the airport.
Full report to come.
I’ve really been enjoying my time in Boston.
It’s been a good conference. It makes such a difference to have the kids grown. I’ve still been on call for M (“what sort of thing should I use to melt the butter for my artichoke?”), but it is so much easier to focus on work now, and to be able to be prepared enough to not feel constantly one step behind.
It also helps that I am now one of the old people here. I realized that other people now see me as an experienced old person, the way I used to see all the people who have now retired. Odd.
I didn’t stay in the conference hotel because I was trying to save money. I go back and forth about this. It’s nice to be able to roll out of bed and take the elevator to the meetings. But it’s also nice to have an excuse to walk through the city, often at odd hours.
This time I have really enjoyed that. The weather has been perfect. We’re close to a lively shopping street, and I walk home through crowds of people in their summer dresses and shorts strolling the streets. Crowds of people — college kids, families with little kids, people speaking French — it’s wonderful. That is a thing I miss about a warm summer — that lovely languid feeling of being outside late at night in the warm night.
Anyway, I’m packing up to go now, even though I’m here through the evening.
I’ve had a good time.
N will come!
We’re going to Maine!
This is fantastic. We don’t need to carry so much food, because she’ll meet us halfway in.
Here — let me post some videos of where we’re going:
Went for an amazing hike yesterday, starting in Muir woods, climbing a hill, descending a hill and emerging at the beach.
I’m in training.
We walked five miles, and it was actually easy. Sadly, we were under the impression that it was 7.5 miles, and the ease of the hike was a lot more impressive when we thought it was 7.5.
Still — it was great to be out again.
Feeling not completely unready for the AT.
Went at lunch to see a discussion of the new particle. The room was much too small — they had to chase as many people out as were sitting there, which was really sad. It’s not every day you have people breaking down the doors to hear about physics.
It was interesting, too. There was a discussion by a theoretical physicist about how they had figured out that such a particle must exist, and then a discussion by the experimental physicist who had actually designed the experiment that found it. Really cool.
Two things of note: Of the eight physicists at the front of the room, four were women and four were men. The experimental physicist is a woman. And there was a discussion of the Superconducting Super Collider that was never built in Texas. Remember that? One of the physicists mentioned that not only did the US did not want to pay to build the SCC, but then we were also reluctant to contribute money to a collider built elsewhere that the US would not own. Hmm.
Anyway — busy weekend coming up. I have to find something formal-ish to wear to an event tomorrow. Uh oh.