Have just arrived in the USA, and realised that I am without a list of email addresses (hand written, of course) that I would ordinarily carry. And seeing as I'm now doing things remotely (via gmail account in this case) i don't have access to my old address (hidden on my PC in Eudora). So, if you are perhaps expecting a message from me, or would like to say hi, please email me via either my standard uni address (email@example.com....), or my gmail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll get back to you!
As for the flight - brutal as always. Got home the night before at 3 am - an improvement on the last time i departed for an experiment (all nighter). That said, the last 3 weeks has been the most intense build-up i've ever put myself through for an experiment. But i'm cautiously optimistic that it will be worth it. The samples looked excellent in Sydney, so i'll be disappointed if we aren't able to collect good data. Anyway, spent the morning packing - running a little late as usual in such circumstances, ready to go, went downstairs to get the car only to be greeted by an empty garage. My brain was so scrambled when i left work the night before that I simply directed the Cabbie to Bezerko Rd, rather than Denistone station, where I usually leave it. So, took another cab to my car, drove back to home for my bags, then to my folks place, said goodbye to dad and finches, train to Uni, did the final pack of the experiment box, and immediately into another cab for the airport. The plane then sat on the tarmac for an hour awaiting a connecting flight from Melbourne, which resulted in me missing my connection in LA (no thanks to the usual mega cue at US customs (45 min!)), then onwards to Washington DC, car hire - dodgy Garmin directions (better to use langles instinct next time), a 7/11 for dinner (chips and salsa) and bed by midnight (just). As you might have gathered I didn't sleep much (hence this report), but i must soon away for a day of training at the reactor.....ZZzzzzzzz.