Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday, cloudy Sunday

I know I am not in East Texas when I can sit on a patio this August 2nd with splashing fountains, scampering squirrels (very brave ones, at that), and twittering birds nearby, checking my e-mail... and have to wear a sweater at 10 a.m. I do look forward to exploring Berkeley today (chocolate!), realizing that the trek back to Clark Kerr Campus will undoubtedly be uphill all the way!

After this wonderful week of IASL, might I be back in oven-hot places, perhaps surrounded by squirrelly dealings, gossip birds, and recirculating pools of words that might or might not be relevant information? Nah, of course not... but everything will be uphill all the way, as it always is this time of year.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

in Berkeley - cool breezes!

Nice flights from Austin to Oakland, and my luggage arrived when I did. I picked up Stephenie Meyer's new book Breaking Dawn at the Houston Airport - wow! Four hours and 751 pages later... no spoilers here - read it yourself!

Lovely breezes here in the conference center Clark Kerr at UC Berkeley - good thing, since these buildings aren't generally air-conditioned. Blue skies, lovely grounds with big trees, pretty fountains... photos later.

Just sightseeing until Sunday evening's IASL kickoff dinner. Touring the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory tomorrow!!