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Monday, September 29, 2008

The customary three weeks has elapsed....

The start of the school year means the start of more frequent updates... so that I don't have to go on these binge updates... which are probably far more boring, and far less of a time-waster than the more frequent updates. And who doesn't welcome diversions, especially after nonstop hours of work?

Norwalk Raceway Park
Jason to school
Glass Menagerie with A. Liz
Visit to Jason at OSU
Me to school

Savannah, GA
Fourish, maybe fiveish days after I came back from Houston, I immediately left for Savannah, GA to visit Cece and her mum. I'd pretty much been waiting for this trip since May of the school year. And because it was during the school year that the trip was planned, we were all (our group of travelers) able to coordinate so that Niamhbaby was also in Savannah for at least part of the time that I was. Which was sweet.

We got Savannah, GA drowning out the window side.

Two words (well... maybe three) can summarize my first impressions of Savannah:
Effortlessly beautiful.
A short distance away from the center of the city (but still within the city limits) lies scenery in the abundance of rural America scenery (wheat, corn, soybean fields). But instead of cultivated fields, there are only marshes as far as the eye can see. I was taken aback more than once on my visit by how amazing it was.

Yeah, and I won't deny that the backseat of Cece's mum's Benz CLK convertible helps. I've actually fallen for a car. Not only is it the most comfortable machine I've ever found myself in, but its features make it seem less mechanistic than it is human. When entering the backseat, the front seats not only fold forward and slide, but the car actually lifts them up and forward to allow easier passage for the backseat passengers. Once the front seat passengers are seated and ready to cruise, the car actually offers them the seatbelts by pushing what can only be equated to hands from the seatbelt recesses. You've got to see it. Oh, dear. And the ride, and the engine.... Okay. I'm done.

Day one. Straight outta the airport, straight to the beach. The not-so-aptly named "Redneck Riviera", two or three miles from Cece's mum's house, is right in the middle of the aforementioned scenery. Buuut it's swimmable. Highlights? Four dolphins cruising along, not 20 feet away from us. Sweet wooden poles sticking out of the water, perfect for climbing, considering the danger, and then jumping. Sushi... Once finished, the three of us (Niamh, Cece, and myself) headed to downtown for a shared meal at Southern-cooking queen Paula Deen (Steven McQueen?)'s restaurant. A ghost tour of downtown Savannah rounded off the evening. Aaaand the ghost tour really wasn't too lame. It was more of a history excursion with a ghost-story hue.

Day two. My first visit to the Atlantic at Tyndall Beach. Then, another excursion downtown for ice cream before taking Niamh to the airport in Edgar, the elderly E Class. At this point, Cece and I are on our own. Dinner and a failed attempt (the movie wouldn't download because the wifi was acting up) at watching the Maltese Falcon took care of the rest of the day.

Cece thought that this was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

This bird is a fan of sliced bread. Which is why he's on the umbrella's head. As for me?: "No thanks, I'd rather eat radial tire tread."

Day three. Cece and I take Edgar out to Hilton Head Island, about an hour northeast of Savannah. Well... we did stop at an outlet mall on the way, but it left us... bored. Dinner at Hilton Head was at a restaurant called Marley's, which I think I'd heard of or seen on some shirt somewhere. Tasty stuff, and it was the early diner menu... so $14 for chowdah, entrée, bavanade.

I get embarrassed when my hairline shows... like in this photo. But I've heard that it's an okay photo... so I'm posting it.

Set the scene... a dark and stormy Hilton Head Isle.

Day four. Dipset.

Norwalk Raceway Park.... excuse me.... Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Being out of state all summer obviously makes it difficult to spend time with even favorite relatives. So it was time to spend quality time with Dad and Uncle Ray. And what a better way than by watching cars fly down a quarter mile in 10 seconds? We spent an awesome day at the track checking out some vintage drag racing, eating a quart of ice cream each for 99 cents (no, really! It was such a deal.) and chilling with some dineables provided by the one and only Aunt Debbie. Amazing day, and certainly good for some daydreams.

Note the sandwich in my other hand (not pictured).

Jason Madison

Like Billy Madison.... but not. Get it?
So over the past two weeks, I've been down to (The) Ohio State University twice. First, Mum, Norman, and I dropped Jason off at school and set up his room. That was fun. Then about a week ago, my good friend Jon Krause and I cruised down to visit and chill with Andy and Ossama (two more good friends). Definitely good.

The Glass Menagerie
I may have recently mentioned the DNC outing with Jason and Aunt Liz... I'm hoping that I did, considering how awesome it was. I'm almost sure that I did.

Well, Aunt Liz invited me out for a follow up session: a viewing of my first professional production, The Glass Menagerie. I'll just say that however tragical the play was intended to be, it was all a comedy for me. I left the theatre completely impressed not only with the production, but with how much I genuinely enjoyed the playgoing experience. Before most people arrived at the theatre, there was "preproduction" show. Basically, one of the actors came out and talked with the audience for a bit, telling us about Tennessee Williams' life and influences... it was really interesting, and extra-helpful, especially for an amateur viewer. Highly recommended.

Ah, yes. My ticket, market value $49, was only $10. Because I'm a student. Lovely.

And now.
I'm at the University of Chicago.

And there's lots of story to be told there. Happy ending.
Pictures and details coming soon.

But a few details for the moment: classes.

Modern Physics.... quantum mechanics, etc. I'll fill you in as I go.
Lecture MWF 11.30am-12.20pm
Discussion Tues 4.30-5.20pm
Lab Wed 5.30-9.20pm

Biological Diversity.... Main question: How did all this awesome alive stuff on earth get to be this way? Totally amazing professor.
Lecture MWF 9.30-10.20am
Lab Fri 1.30-4.20pm

Strange organism. Cousin of fungi.

Mathematical Methods for Physicists... essentially a framework for mathematical physics... but to me, it's math for the physicists who don't like pure math.
Lecture MWF 10.30-11.20am
Discussion M 4.30-5.20pm

Climate Dynamics of the Earth and Other Planets.... climate modeling. stoked.
Lecture MW 1.30-2.50pm
Lab sometime...

Until next time...


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