Amtrak, in their infinite wisdom, decided to cancel my train yesterday morning without bothering to notify me. If that’s the extent to which they care about their customers, they’ve just lost one. The Amtrak people didn’t seem to be in the least bit sorry about the inconvenience they had caused me.

Anyway, I arrived in Santa Barbara around 6 and took a taxi back to UCSB. Of course, the dorm was closed, as expected, but I am absolutely certain that my RA was in his room since his curtain was slightly open. I didn’t bother asking him whether he would let me in since I’m sure he wouldn’t have, especially since he specifically told me that dorms would be closed on Saturday. So I went over to CCS and practiced piano for an hour, and then I went off to get some food. I figured I would check whether UCSB Hillel was open since I didn’t have much to do, and CCS is too cold for me to get anything done. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open, so I went back, failed to find Apostol’s Analytic Number Theory in 148, and then tried to sleep.

Sleeping didn’t go too well. I woke up at least once in every hour. By 7, I decided I had had enough of that and went to check if the dorm had opened. It hadn’t, so I went back to CCS and listened to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. By then it was a little past 9, so I checked the dorm again, but it was still closed. So I stopped by South Hall, which was (amazingly) open. There wasn’t anything to do there, so I left and stopped by the music building and checked my grade for Music 15, even though I already knew it. It shouldn’t have been posted since I marked that I didn’t want it posted, just to be annoying, but no one ever listens to me.

But then I checked the dorm again, and that time, it was open, so I went in and used the computer for an hour then brought my stuff over. My hands hurt from dragging all that heavy luggage across campus. Ouch.


About Simon

Hi. I'm Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo. I'm a mathematics postdoc at Dartmouth College. I'm also a musician; I play piano and cello, and I also sometimes compose music and study musicology. I also like to play chess and write calligraphy. This blog is a catalogue of some of my thoughts. I write them down so that I understand them better. But sometimes other people find them interesting as well, so I happily share them with my small corner of the world.
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10 Responses to

  1. yuethomas says:

    When do your classes start? Too bad you’re on the west coast – if you’re on the east coast, you should pay a visit to MIT’s annual mystery hunt.
    (Still chugging through the Group Theory notes…)

  2. okb says:

    You know, the information about when the dorms open and close isn’t secret (although it is a little hard to find). There is a calendar at . (I just noticed on this second look that it doesn’t list the time of day the dorms open after spring break, but it does list the time they opened today — 1pm.)

  3. rippledance says:

    Sounds like a bad day.

  4. eternalfight says:

    In re: Amtrak
    Amtrak, as far as I know, has a government-sanctioned monopoly on passenger railroad lines in California. It is to be avoided at all costs.
    I know this because I have rode between Santa Barbara and San Diego on Amtrak trains dozens of times.
    What classes are you taking? I’m only up to linear algebra 😦

    • Simon says:

      Re: In re: Amtrak
      As far as math classes go, I’m taking differential geometry, real analysis, modern algebra, and homotopy theory, where “taking” may be loosely defined.

      • eternalfight says:

        Re: In re: Amtrak
        How is it that you can take graduate classes your first year? The university will let people do that? How do you have the necessary mathematical background? Are you a genius?

        • Simon says:

          Re: In re: Amtrak
          UCSB lets people take graduate classes if they want to. I definitely don’t have the necessary mathematical background, but I’m still able to understand most of the stuff in these classes. Sometimes extra work is required to catch up on the stuff I don’t know but should. I don’t think I’m a genius, but I have never taken an official IQ test. I probably wouldn’t do that well anyway.

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