Saturday, June 25, 2005

Days 3-4: Frugal or cheap?

Day 3 was yesterday and certainly contained no dissertation work. I read the New York Times and most of a really bad mystery novel (and I mean really bad) but that's the only "intellectual" stimulation I received.

What we did, though, was travel. And then travel some more. The most convenient choice would have been to fly direct from Large Midwestern City to Boston, visit here for the weekend, rent a one-way rental car to get to New Haven, then train to Manhattan, then fly out of NYC. Since convenience rarely equals value, instead we used some Delta vouchers to save money on our plane fare (thus leaving our house at 5 a.m. and flying through Atlanta to Hartford!) then renting a car from there, and driving 2 hours to Boston. We will eventually return both the car and our ourselves to Hartford. But yesterday's ordeal meant sheer exhaustion. And what might have been a three hour trip took 12.

But it is nice to see friends, even if it is supposed to be at least 150 degrees here today... doesn't make us want to put on nylons or a wool suit. Thankfully everyone involved in the wedding is quite sensible and will encourage dressing down. Perhaps a nude wedding?

7 Comments:

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Stewgad said...

It is utterly impossible to do thinking work and travel at the same time. I'm all for mystery novels. I'm sorry though, that it was a baaadddd one and not just a "bad" one. (The former being not worth reading and the latter being a big fat lot of fun.)

Hope you're enjoying your trip and are staying cool!

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous zelda said...

i agree with stewgad - almost impossible to work on the diss while traveling around! even if you're not working, your mind is half on the fact that you should be - or told yourself you would be working. you should allow yourself to enjoy the wedding and BE there completely. get back to the diss when you go home ... have fun!

 
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Hey Histgrad, why don't you turn on your RSS feed (under settings) so that those of us who use services like Bloglines can link to your site and be instantly notified when there is new content :)

 
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