I like visiting other places and taking the time to explore. I can
cover a lot of ground quickly but I tend to care less where that
ground is so not too many people travel with me well.
Being a New
Yorker (funny how I spent almost half my life outside New York and
I still consider myself to be one) you can't understand the pride
others have in their home towns. Even the transplanted New Yorkers in
Boston talk as if they still live
there although the two are not very far apart. I think this creates a
certain curiosity and a quest for the answer to Why do you live
there? In my qwest I have found some unlivable but interesting
The essentials of a good trip. Can't answer the phone
now.. standing on a chair.
Some of my favorites have been the road trips, particularly out
west. When I was a student I got the chance to give a talk at a
conference in San Diego. I thought
this was way too cool and at the time New Jersey was my westernmost
point. I thought that was enough frontier for me. The flight was on a
clear day and I remember looking out the window and noticing that most
of the country is empty space. You can see some roads that go on in
straight lines for what seemed forever. Who goes down there? Then the
flight path took us directly over the Grand Canyon. Since then I have
driven on many of them.
Bring your own music. The radio stations are sparse and they all
Great Circle Route to Boston from December to March.
Fly the Great Circle Route. It's more efficient, the earth being spherical and all,
especially if you are traveling on someone elses tab. Let's say you
have a teaching engagement in New
Orleans. As it turns out Delta
doesn't really care which hub you fly through. So it is more
efficient to fly back to Boston via Utah during the winter months than to
take a direct flight. It is seasonal because of the precession
of the earth and what you like to do. It also depends on your
airline. Denver would also be a good
choice but it's too much schlepping for me.
Let's say you have a meeting at Microsoft and your friends
are getting married in Orlando. The Great Circle is through Dallas,
Seattle, Vancouver (Whistler), Seattle, Salt Lake, Orlando, Salt Lake
and Boston. The proof of this one is complicated. Just trust me.. I
have a degree from MIT in