Summer is pretty much officially over. In less than a week it’s back to classes and reality. I’ve only purchased one book, but that’s okay. It seems as the semesters go on and on that you get less and less worked up about them. However, I am really not looking forward to homework.
Last weekend I headed to Boston to meet my roommate Peter, and then we drove an excruciating 10 hours back to Baltimore. I have an extremely short attention span and need pretty much constant stimulation, so any long car ride is extremely painful for me. I hope it’s the last one I take in a very long time.
Boston is a place I have never been before. That’s the odd thing about growing up in the Midwest. It seems like Midwestern people don’t travel as much as the coastal types. This probably has to do with the fact that nothing terribly interesting is within driving distance.
Boston was fun and also significantly colder than Baltimore. I wore jeans. It was that cold. Now vacation is over and I am back in the heat of Baltimore.
I am sure everyone heard about the earthquake that shook the entire east coast. Yep, I felt that. I was sitting in lab, which happens to be on the 4th floor or a building made entirely of glass, including glass walls on the inside. I guess a lab with glass walls filled with glassware and chemicals is not where you want to be during a earthquake. Anyways, I was sitting at my computer doing work when all of a sudden the floor started rolling and swaying. I looked around at caught puzzled glances with another researcher. Then I looked around again and everyone was looking at each other puzzled. The glassware it the entire lab was rattling. Very eerie. Then I stood up and found my graduate student. At first I thought something had exploded in a lab downstairs, like a large piece of equipment. We stood inside for a few minutes before everyone had to evacuate. Then we filed to the street where probably thousands of university workers were standing. Ten minutes later it was back to work. While standing outside everyone was growing impatient, mumbling “I have an experiment to do!” Others simply went home.
So I guess that it pretty much all that is new with me. Now that freshmen move in has begun I am entirely avoiding the Homewood area. I’ll let the frenzy pass.