Too much going on to blog about, so here's a mere list. They don't call it Quantum *Diaries* for nothin', folks:
- Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's with family and friends
- Exploring the limits of American capitalism on Black Friday, followed by a mini-reunion of people from my high-school. Imagine meeting the 35 year old version of people you haven't seen since you were 18 -- it's great.
- Seafood with my 91-year old grandmother, followed by a spontaneous rendezvous with physicist/friends on a cross-country from Minnesota to New York, only to have them invited up to meet said grandmother. Grandma also liked the DVD of my interview with Voice of America TV (don't ask...)
- Finally saw a real movie, The Ice Harvest, featuring John Cusack, Hollywood's favorite Chicagoan. I've never seen so much corrupt behavior between adults, even in the NY Times.
- Moved operations to an office at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), hosted by my PHOBOS colleagues there. Finishing up several papers and grinding away at an upcoming Brookhaven Lecture which I'll be delivering next month. Daunting, but I'll make it work (especially if I can come up with an efficient and completely self-explanatory discussion of length contraction -- any ideas?). Then drinks with my next door neighbor from years ago, followed by dinner at my aunt's.
- Back to UIC for more finishing and grinding, although a little more of the latter. Then (after an emergency run to replace the pants I managed to rip with an unfortunate encounter with a metal door) dinner at a high school friend's place on the west side of Chicago, with the (more and more common) swirl of food, drink, memories, and people.
So, yes, no time to think and figure out what's actually happening. In any case, T-minus 3 days until Einstein day...