Road Diary, Day 2

This is the second and last day of our trip north to Wisconsin. As we have continued north into the cold Arctic air parked over the middle and Northeast of the United States, the temperature had only declined even as the day grows later and the sun higher in the sky. 
The cats had a very exciting night last night in the hotel room. They seemed to stay up for much of the night, running around the room and climbing all over things to explore the new space. Snowball after normally, Lilac not so much, but this is a very new experience for Lilac, who is only 7 month old. 

Jodi and I had a lovely dinner at a restaurant called “Gino’s” in Kearney, MO. We even met Gino. I highly recommend their pizza. The sauce is great. The pizza then made excellent lunch for today… hooray for leftovers! 

We made it to Wisconsin around 2:30. Pretty much on-time given where we thought we would be by that time of day. 

Looking forward to seeing family soon!
Scenes from the road

Road diary, day 1

The cats snooze in their carriers, resigned to life on the road.

Jodi and I are on our annual road trip to Wisconsin. It has a new element this year: the cats went with us. We had a hard time finding a consistent cat sitter over the break, so we decided to take advantage of our cats’ youth and hit the road with them in the car. 

This got off to a rough start. Snowball, the older of our two cats, had quite the upset tummy yesterday. We delayed leaving this morning to see whether he had made a recovery. It was clear by 9:30 this morning that he was back to, so we packed the car and hit the road. 

But as a result of that delay, we will not get as far as we wanted. We will make it to Iowa today… but just barely. 

Views from the road

All I could think of was “Rick and Morty” when I saw this.

The Pump with No Handle: The Week in Review (April 16 – 22, 2017)

My gitlab CERN page shows that the last 10 days have been solid blue with coding activity. Being away from SMU and working in London has been ridiculously productive for me.

This was quite a week. It began with the long Easter weekend here in the UK, which came to an exceptional end for me on Monday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields for a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” and a night out with (and I love to say these words) my publisher and editor, Otto. Tuesday was a work day at QMUL, and then dinner that evening was with a high-school friend I have not seen in 23 years. The next few days were an intense work period, and today is both “Earth Day” and, more importantly, the day of a global effort to “March for Science.” I took a personal science march in London through pieces of a story that is very important, not only to me, but to the entire world. That story is the story of a pump with no handle.

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The Case of the Street that Wasn’t: The Week in Review (April 9-16, 2017)


A view of the London Eye and Westminster from the Waterloo Bridge. Taken on Easter Sunday, 2017.

This last week has been eventful! It began with an early morning return to Dallas from Connecticut, fighting the beginning of an annoying cold. After a couple of days at home, I was on a plane again, this time to London to spend 13 days working with colleagues at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) on software development for the ATLAS H->bb analysis. Easter weekend is a 4-day affair in Europe, so after a couple of days of jet lag and a bad cold I had a little welcome down time… which turned into serious down time when I lost my voice. I closed the week with a nice stroll around London on a Sherlock Holmes-themed Easter Sunday. Now, rested, I am looking forward to the next week of work and engagement in London.

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