Aren’t Flight Cancellations Wonderful?


Well, I’m supposed to be in San Francisco as of about 6 minutes ago (from now; when I finish writing, it will be much later). That didn’t happen. It’s foggy, so the planes can’t take off. What sort of an excuse is that? Earlier in the day, I couldn’t see 100 feet in front of me. Now I can see halfway across campus from my dorm (well, not really, but I can see further than I could this afternoon when flights weren’t being cancelled). And I don’t have bright lights to help me out except for streetlamps. They tried to reroute me through Los Angeles so that I would arrive at 11:30 (way past my bedtime) in San Francisco, but that flight was cancelled too. Then they were going to try to bus us over to Los AngelesWhen I switched my flight and found that it wouldn’t leave for over half a day, I decided to take a taxi back to my dorm and spend the night in a comfortable bed (although staying up all night reading analytic number theory sounded somewhat appealing as well since I wouldn’t be able to sleep in an airport for fear of my stuff getting stolen).

I tried to convince Crandall that it is possible to cover a torus with three surface patches today since I didn’t feel like memorizing the four surface patches in the book. That meant I had to derive it on the test, but to my surprise, I was able to do it. (Actually, I wasn’t that surprised, but I thought it would be harder.)

On Monday I got new music for myself to play. I got the Tchaikowsky Variations on a Rococo Theme. Those look moderately playable but hard. I also got all 19 Boccherini sonatas. I think those are all way above my level. I also got Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto, which is not very well-known for some reason, although it is a wonderful piece.

I won’t be enforcing my 9:30 bedtime today.

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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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2 Responses to Aren’t Flight Cancellations Wonderful?

  1. It’s spring break man! You can extend that bedtime to at least 9:45 🙂

  2. z9r4c3 says:

    teeheehee! you sound so very peeved. It really shouldn’t be funny, (and i’m truly sorry) but it is. flight cancellations are … neh. when we went to spacecamp, yuchen and david managed to get me searched. twice. ooh! pretty music!

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