September 28th, 2005


How many miles to Babylon

Knocked off about 27 miles round trip on the Butler-Freeport Community Trail and paid a visit to Beaver County between work and more work today. I started at the Freeport end of the trail (again) and went until the grade changed from uphill from Freeport to downhill toward Butler, near some high voltage power lines at a place the USGS calls Great Belt. Just about exactly 2 hours, which means I made excellent time. I can't imagine I'm in such good shape that I improved my average that much, so it must have been the downgrade on the return trip speeding things up. Well, maybe.

I have a chocolate mousse to deliver to my former advisor, and a cheesecake to deliver to a coworker. I am the king of dessert, which is sort of scary when you consider the actual amount of dessert I've had in the last 4-5 months is probably less than any one dessert I've made recently.

Oh, and I am fatal to gadgets. My new Roomba is sick, and my dishwasher seems dead. I'm almost scared to use the Treo or the laptop, but, work must go on, and I must roam. But now, I must sleep.

World turns and we get dizzy

The day in review:
-Went to bed around 3, after watching a movie, making a cheesecake and finishing some work.
-Slept until about 10, no earplugs, but music playing in the living room downstairs, so some background noise... I guess I am close to being weaned of the earplugs.
-Collected desserts, gadgets, clothes and left.
-Deposited 2 eBay outgoing packages in the mail.
-Picked up dry ice to chill cheesecake for the trip to Bellefonte and to keep the chocolate mousse cold while I got lunch. It's sublimating in my car now. How wasteful.
-Picked up i-mate Jasjar from ex-ex-boss Walter. So now I have a PocketPC and a Treo.
-Got lunch at Orient Express.
-Delivered mousse to my former advisor, and then chatted for about 40 minutes about life, the universe and everything. AFS works really well for her, an unsolicited endorsement if there ever was one. She also recalled a project of mine, the Squirrel Hill Interchange redesign. I should do a mockup of it some year.
-Left Pittsburgh and headed east.
-Biked the Ghost Town Trail from Dilltown to Vintondale and back, 13 miles.
-Continued on to Bellefonte.
-Dinner at Golden Wok, State College.
-Now, work, and purloined beer.