TITLE: A Busy Month
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: October 08, 2004 6:02 AM
DESC: October will keep me busy, on both the personal and professional fronts.
Today begins a busy stretch for me.
This afternoon, I leave for a weekend reunion at Ball State University,
my alma mater. I'm part of a scholarship program that has quadrennial
get-togethers, and 2004 is our year. This is Homecoming Weekend in
Muncie, and there will be a lot happening. Several old friends and
their families will be there, and my brother is coming up to spend
the weekend with me. Amazingly enough, I never attended a Ball State
homecoming football game, even as a student. This seems like a good
weekend or a first time. I also plan two easy runs as I prepare for...
Next weekend, I run the
Des Moines Marathon.
My training has gone well, with only a couple of hiccups that I
survived. Now, I'm tapering. This will be my second marathon
running Chicago 2003,
and I am in much better shape -- physically and mentally -- for
this one. But I am humble in the face of the 26.2 miles and know
that I will have to be careful and lucky to meet my race goals.
The next weekend, I take off for a week in Vancouver for
where I am chairing this year's
The highlight of the 2004 conference is Alan Kay's Turing Award
lecture. Alan is also giving the keynote address at the Educators'
Symposium, and I am quite psyched.
But all this travel makes for a busy month. I'd better get home
to spend some time with my family before I hit the road!