the farthest south I have ever been
Hola! I have arrived this evening in Puerto Rico, for a "Conference on
the Intersection of Particle and Nuclear Physics," with the unwieldy
The flight was very lovely and blue. (That's the Atlantic!)
Once I arrived at the airport, I took a shuttle to the hotel where the
conference is being held, and I snapped a few pictures on the way. You
can see the rainforest-y hills in the background. The air is moist and
hot, and the plants look like they are really fighting to grow over
every inch of ground that people try to carve out. I'm only north of the
equator by 18 degrees -- same as Bombay, in India.
This picture's for Bo:
At first I thought the gas was only 67 cents, but a little googling seems to show that the gas is $2.67 -- they just haven't bothered to put up new signs since gas was less than a dollar. All the gas stations we passed were like that...
Ans my room is a really nice one - top floor (7th), overlooking the ocean and the beach.
Most things are the same here, so far, as other places I have visited... lots of Subway and Blockbuster and Burger King on the way to the hotel. My Sprint PCS phone works just fine -- there's better coverage here in the hotel than in my office at Fermilab. Since Puerto Rico is part of the US, I didn't need to go through any customs or anything to get here, and the currency is the dollar. Though Spanish is the primary language, there are lots of English signs, especially here at the hotel. The most notable difference is the noise of the birds and the insects now that it's nighttime. They are loud and many, and very different from the crickets and frogs that I'm used to. There are some that cheep-cheep quickly (bugs?) and another sound like a goose honking that seems like it would come from a bird (at night?). The roar of the ocean waves provides a bit of bass to the otherwise trebly evening. Some of these sounds are different, but the idea is the same: African Rainforest at night and here are some frogs puertorriquenos. Pretty neat.
what is up with that?
Looking at the last few posts, it seems like I have slipped a little
bit into High School Diary mode: "Today I went to school, then I went
to the newspaper office for 2 hours. Almost finished with story on
Winterfest - 150 words left to go! Went to see 'Untamed Heart' with
Janet and Marie and Kris at Lakeshore Cinema. It was OK."
By merely listing cities, I give the impression that I've been a lot
of places, but not really much about how I liked it or what was
interesting about being there... kinda lazy of me. Lists don't really
make for interesting reading, unless they are like this one:
Wow. No idea what that's all about. If it makes any sense to you,
please comment away. While the combination of all the Latch Hooking
and the Cock Poster are confusing, I think "What's up w/ cock?
Blender," is the best line. The dangling comma!
Every once in a while, I check this blog to see if anything new has been posted. And when there's nothing new, I think, "Slackers. Shouldn't someone have updated this by now?! Oh wait. There's just me. Nevermind."
I am in Chicago.
I like pie.
off by one
You can update your NPPS (Now Picnic Positioning System) Tuesday afternoon, as leave NYC and fly back from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
Lots of fun things happened in the past few days, all of which deserve some attention: visiting Michelle's school in Phili, karaoke which was actually fun, a beautiful backyard wedding, pie, frisbee, drinking of tasty liquors, eating of tasty food, and even some useful work. (Hmm. Is "pie" something that really happened? Yes, I think so.)
So, since I don't have pictures from this weekend yet, I'll post some from the last wedding we were in NY for... and when someone else gets married, I'll post some pictures from this one! Dan and Manely, back when she was still laughing at his jokes, followed by some serious gazing:
Episode 47: In which the passengers undertake "fiesta seating" once again
I'm "group A" again today, which includes all the type A people who line up early to get THE BEST SEAT (whatever that is) and I love being in group A because that means I can sit on my butt til all the rest of group A has boarded, then board at a leisurely pace and still get a window seat at the back of the plane.
So, I'm flying to Phili, so visit my friend Michelle and the school that she works at, then to NYC tonight (Park Slope, to be specific) to go to a lovely wedding/backyard bbq tomorrow. Yay!