Back east

Ok, so I took an unannounced blogging vacation. I’m now in Connecticut. A couple travel notes:
I shared an airport shuttle with a guy in an MIT baseball cap. He gave directions to the driver in the form “if the light is red, it’s faster to go right; if it’s green, it’s faster to go left”. The driver apparently didn’t have gambits turned on, so this had to be abbreviated to “go right”.
At a Starbucks in Ridgefield, CT I saw a disturbing piece of corporate art: a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks in which the diner had been turned into a Starbucks (and the patrons were noticeably less depressed). I wish I had taken a picture of this since I can’t seem to find one with a Google search.

4 thoughts on “Back east

  1. Lemming

    Even fairly sharp people have a tendency to shrug it off when I give those exact same directions at the corner of Ashland and E 14th near my house. Oh wells!

  2. Arcane Gazebo

    Yeah, I know if I’m driving in an unfamiliar area I don’t have a lot of extra brainpower to devote to the directions I’m getting, so simpler is usually better.

  3. Lemming

    Good point — the people I usually give said directions to are from out of town, and a professional driver is expected to both be used to taking strange directions and know the roads at least a little bit.

  4. Mason

    AG: Welcome back!
    Your story reminds me of the comment Marc Abrahams (of AIR) made in a talk he gave at Cornell a few years back. At some point, he was talking about some contest in which they took the smartest undergraduate at MIT “chosen at random.” It was amusing.
    I should see who’s going to the March Meeting, though I won’t be attending this year. (I will be around the area — or at least flying to the same airport before heading off — something like the last day of the meeting for another event, but I won’t be attending the conference per se.)

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