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Just got back from a weekend trip to Ithaca, NY. Lovely weekend…

But my wife and I did re-learn a lesson that we should have learned a long time ago – the summer of 1996 in fact – when we were in Zurich, wanted to go see Joyce’s grave, and poo-pooed the person at the train station who, in broken English, told us to take a taxi or a bus, not to try walking it. We made it, somehow, but we were only 18 and 19 at the time. We weren’t pushing a stroller, either, back in those days.

But it looked so close on the map! And it was close, two-dimensionally speaking.

Flash-forward to yesterday, when we asked the desk clerk at our hotel the direction to walk to Cornell’s campus. She warned us, in no uncertain terms, that we weren’t going to be up for it. But we’re such avid walkers… And the baby needs a stroller nap… And she hates the car… And so she told us; and so we tried…

We made it a third of the way, and then rolled back down the hill to take a swim in the hotel pool. Didn’t make it up to the campus until this morning… This time in the car.

Anyway, wow, for the first time in forever I spent 24 hours without checking feeds. We actually had internet access in the hotel, and the powerbook came with, but traveling with a 12 month old, it’s lights out when it’s lights out. I even had to turn off the Carolina – Edmonton game after the first period. I didn’t even think about blogs, mine or others’, until the very end, when a lovely lesbian couple with their adopted son gave up the one baby swing at Taughannock Falls State Park so that we could use it, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of this. For the record, my wife agrees, there are certain things – “groups,” even – we just can’t sell out.

My pseudonymous kid not only agreed to a photo at this point, she even humored her dad’s request (it was father’s day, after all) that she strike a pose appropriate to his celebrity academic blogger status.

And yes, that’s my pseudonymous hand in the frame…

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June 19, 2006 at 12:08 am

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