- Date: Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 8pm - THANKSGIVING!
- Location: Southboro, MA
- Kitchen: Richard and Anita's House
- Dining Companions: Chris, Ana, Renato, Richard, Anita, Terry, Teri, Michael, Ephraim, and Richard H
- Recipe Rating: A-
Last night Ana, Angelica, and Jenny had a joint quals dinner because they all took (and passed!) their qualifying exams last week. Congratulations to them! After dinner I headed over to the gym to lift weights (I am forever trying to accomplish my goal of doing a pull-up!). It was around 9:30pm by the time I got there, so the gym was pretty empty. Of the few people there, there were at least 3 other people from the math department. Mathematicians have a reputation of not caring about things like physical fitness. In some ways I see where that reputation comes from, but it's really wrong I think. At least at MIT there is a large percentage of graduate students and faculty who are very involved in some sort of athletic activity, whether it be running, rowing, lifting, swimming, squash, etc... It's very rare that I go to the gym and not see someone else from the department. Last year it was always the algebraic topologists that were at the gym (me, Mike, Vigleik, John, Peter, etc...). Last night's sample suggests that now it is the differential topologists/geometers who are taking over the MIT gym!
It's time for me to head out to Wesleyan to give my talk! Last night I had a dream that I had to give my talk on ice skates, at an ice arena that sat 53 million people. And all 53 million people were going to be there because my talk was the half-time show for some very important hockey game! Have I ever mentioned that I have crazy dreams?!?