October 19, 2008

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Things I do when I’m travelling on my own

Here are some odd things I give myself permission to do when I’m travelling on my own:

  • Play computer games in the airport. In particular, I play Nethack, a really old text-based adventure game. I don’t know how I started associating Nethack with airports and travel, but it works for me. Maybe it’s Pavlovian reconditioning – I don’t like the hassle of flying, but Nethack makes it bearable.
  • Sing. Softer when other people are around–just enough for me to hear the song in my head. Stronger when I’m walking by myself. Even stronger when the subway’s coming in and the screech of the rails can drown me out. =) I think I’ve gotten better at singing, too – I’ve just suddenly figured out how to do the middle notes I used to have such a problem with before…
  • Take a cab. Or at least I will, on the way back. I took public transit from the airport to the hotel today, and while it wasn’t an ordeal, it wasn’t fun, either.

I wonder what W- is doing with his kitchen pass… =)

Weekly review: Week ending Oct 19

Last week, I:

  • gracefully handled whatever Murphy’s Law wanted to throw at me during a presentation to a client VP
  • prepared a pretty presentation and ran through it during the prep session, whereupon the account team gave so many suggestions that we essentially replanned the entire session
  • made travel arrangements for Tel Aviv and started learning a little Hebrew
  • even managed to work on some code and solve some of my teammates’ Drupal and Linux problems!

Next week, it’s all about:

  • the Innovation Discovery workshop in Boston
  • possibly the Innovation Discovery workshop in Tel Aviv
  • more Drupal code
  • getting my papers ready for the Canadian Experience Class permanent residency application