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Visits, IV

On Wednesday I drove up to my mom's to drop off Ajay, and then took a train into the city to meet up with Kate.

I forgot how much I love Chicago! From the time I got off the train, in the bustling station alive with the rumbling of diesel-electric engines, I felt an extra charge of energy. It was evening, and the air was crisp and damp from the Lake, and I even got giddy walking across the river. It made me think again that, you know, I really WOULDN'T mind living in the city.

I found Kate at her conference hotel, the Palmer House, and we walked to where she was staying, relaxed a bit, went over her presentation, and then had dinner in the Loop.

Thursday bright and early was her presentation, her first ever at an academic conference. I thought she did a great job, notwithstanding all her worry and anxiety over it. And she got approached afterwards by other researchers wielding their cards and saying "I'd like a copy of your research." That had to be good and I was very proud of her.

We had breakfast at the Artist's Cafe on Michigan, did a little shopping, and then went back to the conference. I (obviously) was not a conference attendee, but tagged along to a presentation by one of the other psych grad students, keeping a respectul distance and not participating. I ran into some other people I was glad to be able to say hi to, and then we walked through the miserable rain back to Northwestern Station to get the outbound train back to my mom's.

I didn't make any more trips downtown, even though Kate did, on Friday and Saturday, to attend more conference things. I enjoyed my time alone with my dog, and did some thinking and relaxing.


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Nov. 19th, 2002 06:49 am (UTC)
Ooh, the palmer house is nice. That's where Misha and I stayed when we went up there a couple years ago to see RENT, since it was like a block from the theatre.

Ajay snores?
Nov. 20th, 2002 12:18 am (UTC)

Yeah it looked swank, but we weren't staying there. It had a very old feel to it, which was odd in contrast with the swankness. The conference rooms themselves looked about the same as any conference hotel I've been in, but I think that's been reduced to a certain common denominator these days.

Ajay snores from time to time, yes. Usually when he's dreaming, I think.

Nov. 20th, 2002 06:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, come to think of it, though the room was nice the only really swank part was the lobby.

So much for going to bed at like 12, eh? :-P
Nov. 25th, 2002 10:54 pm (UTC)

Oh yeah.. I only briefly passed through the lobby, because it's a floor up from street level and the conference was on the 4-6 floors, but it really was extravagant and impressive. The huge scale of it was amazing.

Sigh I can't sleep.

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