I'm in San Francisco (I know, I should have told people I was coming, but life hasn't been a very together place for me lately) with a free afternoon this afternoon. Anyone with ideas?
Thanks in advance,
I realized that I hadn't updated in a while, and that the goings on in my life are complicated. So, here is a summary, in list form:
1. After flying to Detroit and road tripping to Ithaca with Alex, we settled for grad student housing anyway (the cheapness and easiness sold us). At least we are going in with our eyes open. The apartment is somewhat institutional feeling, but I think that it will get better with out stuff in it, and some covering up of the beige walls. I'm a little concerned about living in Ithaca, in that it is cold and a small town and it snows a lot and it's in the middle of nowhere--seriously, not even on an interstate, I've never lived more than 6 miles from an interstate. That said, it's going to be an adventure. I'll get over the worries. Everyone I know who has lived in Ithaca really thinks it's awesome.
2. Mathematically, I'm thrilled with the opportunity. I get to work with someone I really like for an advisor. I get to do it at a place with a lot of people in my field. I've gotten a lot of good reviews of the department, both from students here who were undergrads there and from a grad student there.
3. The plan: Today the giant box to put stuff in is showing up. Hopefully soon. Then, we are finishing packing and loading it. Tonight, there will be beer, since it is my last Friday in town and also my birthday. The box, Alex and I are all leaving Monday. The box is going wherever the box people want to take it, to be delivered to the box terminal near Ithaca on August 8. We will UHaul it from there. Alex and I are going to Pasadena on Monday, so that stuff can be sorted through, and I can go to the dentist. In mid-July we head for Michigan. Alex will be doing similar sorting and packing and then we will drive to Ithaca. Probably two trips.
4. I'm leaving. I'm pretty sad to be leaving UCSD. I've really enjoyed a lot of my time here, and I have met such great friends. I'm really going to miss Friday nights and the swim team and my neighborhood and neighbors and a million other little things.
5. In greatest of ironies, I have pretty much finally made it to the top of the UCSD housing wait list.
6. In good news, I will be driving distance from Baltimore and Vanessa (also Philadelphia and family). I'm very excited to see her more often, at least for the next year, until she moves again, probably.
My computer is having issues. In particular my laptop (12 inch powerbook), is making really loud fan noises. Of course, I can't get it to reproduce these noises for the Apple people who hand out warranty stuff, since I have to use it (while running Firefox) for a good long while to make the noises. The solution they give is to use Safari. I don't use Safari cause something (don't remember what) wouldn't work there a few years ago. Any suggestions?
Also, some process called "yes" seems to have been taking up all of my clock cycles. Does anyone know what this is or why I would need it?
I have support from Cornell for the coming school year! This is good news in that it means that I can move rather than find a new adviser, something that I have decided is the lesser of two evils. There are still a few logistics to be ironed out, but over all this seems like the right choice. I guess I'm moving to Ithaca...but for now, my alarm is going off in about 6 hours, so I guess that I should get to bed. Just thought I should make an official announcement, and since no one but me is awake, I guess I'm going to tell all of you on the internet.
I'm sick. I hate being sick. This morning I got up, felt lousy and told myself that it would be ok with some tea from the coffee cart. It wasn't, not really. By 10 am no fewer than three people had told me that I should really just go home (including my very sweet office mate who offered to cover my office hours). I did give up and go home at the end of my office hours. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon asleep and still feel like I got hit by a truck. I wanted to get work done today! I was so excited about my new project! I wanted to read papers and begin a great and useful mathematical discovery. Instead, I am finding it hard to focus on the New York Times on the internet, even though I spend a large portion of the afternoon dead to to the world. I think that I may have to re-think my grand plans of productivity this weekend in favor of my bed. Ok, whining over, really, I promise. Also, I'm tired again and so I think I am going to work on getting to bed.
I just listened to Rev. Wright's entire National Press Club speech, plus the questions and answers. He was erudite and well spoken. He stuck (for the most part) to talking about what he knows and what he came to talk about: race and religious tradition in America, and boy did he do an excellent job. He said what seems to be what he really thinks, including some unpopular views, and he made me feel as if there is hope for a better world where we all treat each other with respect, if only we work for it.
In other news, I am seriously considering a move to Ithaca, NY for next year (and the rest of graduate school). Please feel free to put in your two cents (or more) worth.
Well, life has been pretty crazy in my neck of the woods lately. Some things that have been going on, in no particular order:
1. I might be moving. Where? I don't know, but probably somewhere I don't want to live, it depends of if/where my adviser moves. This is what you get when your adviser moves (either that or the need to find a new adviser). I'm not happy with either of those choices, so I guess I have to figure out which one I'm least unhappy with. (The fact that Alex is finally, for sure unless I leave, moving to San Diego in May doesn't help matters.)
2. I'm having issues with algebraic geometry. It just doesn't make any sense to me. Also, it has too many vocabulary words to learn.
3. Alex and I are planning (though not for sure, see 1) a trip up the coast this summer, probably as far as Olympia, Washington. If you have suggestions of places to visit or camp please make them.
4. I am having a CT scan of my sinuses in an attempt to figure out why I have been having so many headaches of doom. I like this approach much better than the dismissive "well, if only you would reduce your stress levels..." approach. (I don't understand how to reduce my stress levels without a personality transplant or quitting grad school, since my stress is related to my drive to do well in school, or to other things that I can't control.)
5. We (the regular-pub-going-on-Friday math graduate students plus significant others) were rowdy this weekend. Mostly, Friday involved a department get together with prospective students and then a trip to the pub, so there was more beer than usual. Then, Saturday, another math grad student threw a party. End result: weekend was a blast, but not so restful or workful.
6. Also, while at the pub on Friday, we saw the kid who hit on two other girls and me while so drunk he couldn't stand a few months ago, despite the fact that we informed him that the other girls were married (and a little white lie that I was engaged). When he did this the first time it was pretty creepy, since we were alone on a patio (it was raining so everyone else was inside) and this guy was huge. This Friday, he proceeded to try to chat up one of said same married girls while her husband was sitting on his other side.
7. Right now I am running the Matlab section for the linear algebra class that I TA. It is ungodly boring. (Both the content of the assignment and the sitting here while students do said assignments.)
Are playing dance/electronica loudly at 11:15 on a Sunday. I want to be asleep. I also don't want to have to get dressed to go and talk to them about this issue. Grump!
Thought you all would like to know that everything here seems to have calmed down. Everything is fine.
I think that it is worth announcing to people who are watching this from afar that it is very rare indeed for civilians (as opposed to firefighters or military personnel tasked to fire crews) to die in wildland fires in Southern California. If you do what they say, and leave when they say you need to leave, you will almost certainly be safe. The only person I know to have died as a direct result of the fires in the last several days ignored an evacuation order with the thought that he would protect his house with a garden hose. Of course, his death is sad. That said, I worry more about firefighters who have to go get those sorts of folks when they realize that this was a bad plan. The people who run the show here really know what they are doing. I plan to follow their directions. If you are in position to get their directions, you should follow them too.