Core dump September 16, 2008Posted by dorigo in personal, travel.
Not a post about computing, as the title would seem to imply, nor about physics. I have been very busy during these last few days, and the blogging has suffered from it. So, to get back into a regular posting rate, I will just use this space as a real diary for once, detailing some of my errands, thoughts, and items in my agenda during the last few days.
Friday, September 12th:
– back from Geneva to Venice. To get to the Geneva train station from CERN, I hop on a bus which is just leaving, with no ticket. Nervously look around at each stop, pondering on whether I should rather step down, get a regular ticket, and take the next one. Stay in, I like a risky life. Train stops at Avanchet, where one has to take the tram for the second half of the trip. To expiate, I buy tram ticket worth twice more.
– I sleep during most of the train ride. Needed sleep! Thursday evening in Geneva had visited Gino and Petra, and three bottles of very fine wine had accompanied the home-made gnocchi di patate (see picture below). Wine prevents me from sleeping well, even if I was not really drunk.
Saturday, September 13th:
– Horrible weather in Venice. Summer ends abruptly with thunderstorms lasting all day. Resist all morning at home, then kids become unbearable. Decide to bring them out despite bad weather. Visit my mother, leave kids there, go to furniture shop with Mariarosa to check out a new cupboard for our home. Dinner at my mother’s.
Sunday, September 14th:
– Spend day at home running odd errands (such as repairing a tent which could not hold Ilaria’s full weight in Tarzan’s style). Prepare for trip to Pisa. Leave to Pisa at 6PM by train.
– In train, I have dinner between Bologna and Firenze in the Restaurant car. Lousy food, but nice conversation with two other travelers about LHC. I realize I am in Firenze when train is about to leave, rush out, realize I have not paid for the dinner, rush back in, pay, get out a second before being caught for a unwanted extra trip to Rome.
– In Firenze station I look for the restrooms for a impending number one. Restroom has automatic doors and would only open upon inserting 80 cents. But all machines are dead. Sorry country.
– Get to Pisa at 11PM. Get out of train simultaneously with charming lady to which I had asked an information about the ride. Rush to catch a taxi. Get into only one taxi waiting. Taxi is about to leave, same lady approaches, taxi driver says he’s going to call another one, lady smiles at me, I smile back but do not offer to share the ride. I spend rest of trip thinking I’m such a moron.
– Set alarm of cell phone to 7.20AM -meeting of National Scientific Commission I is at 9 at University,not far away, but I decide to take more time than needed. Go to sleep.
Monday, September 15th:
– Wake up with odd feeling, realize phone has wrong time, at 8.40AM. Rush out cursing phone, pay, head to Department. Cannot find right way, lose ten more minutes asking for directions.
– Enter INFN meeting room at 9.20, when INFN group 1 coordinator Fernando Ferroni is well into his introductory talk. I try to sneak in, but Ferroni loudly addresses me mentioning my sexist post on Lisa Randall. Answer back in kinds (should remember he’s a full professor next time). People around is perplexed. Later, at coffee break, I approach him in the crowd always lingering around him, acting as if I am looking for him while loudly telling to myself “where is that funny guy who speaks with a nasal voice?”. People look at me in dismay, but Nando has a sense of humor. Funny exchange about Randall and sexism.
– Later try to manouver into getting funding for irradiation line at accelerator facility near Padova, and for a clean room in Padova University. Small change, but INFN has already decided to dump the projects. Get funding for CERN car which had originally been denied. Rest of day is spent listening to people jumping at each other’s throats about lack of funds for CERN service duties in CMS.
– Throughout meeting, work at review of CDF paper on top mass measurement using neutrino phi weighting. Took responsibility to send in comments on behalf of Spokespersons Reading Group. No other reader this time but Kevin Burkett, who diligently sends me his notes. Collate them to mine.
– Get ride back to Padova from University colleagues, who manage to put me in Padova-Venezia train leaving at 21.29. Arrive in Venice at 10.15, have quick dinner. Go to bed.