Cactus Land Season III: The gauntlet begins again

It’s my third August sojourning to Cactus Land, and for the first time, no tears! Instead of a 12-hour drive and temporary move into the tundra, I took a quick flight and will be gone again in a few days. What a difference two years makes!

Tomorrow starts year three of my PhD program. Thanks to a very supportive department, I’m able to homebase in Sacramento, flying to Phoenix on a weekly basis. I’ve said that out loud enough that it’s clear conceptually. Now I just have to figure out how to make it work in real life.

For instance, flying means no ground transportation, so today I learned to use the lightrail and will scout out bicycles. Homebasing in Sacramento means no “vacation home” apartment, so I’m crashing with a friend. Not being around campus everyday means cramming everything into one day of the week and hoping I don’t irritate people too much. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the fun school bits. Oi!

Lots of balls in the air. Wish me luck juggling!


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