Archive for December, 2008

The Year in Cities

Posted in Travel on December 31, 2008 by Mike Procario

I saw this on Uncertain Principles.  What cities did I spend at least one night in during 2008?

  • Warrenville, IL when I visit Fermilab,
  • Emeryville, CA when I visit LBNL,
  • Irvine, CA,
  • Philadelphia, PA,
  • Pittsburgh, PA,
  • Madison, WI,
  • Annapolis, MD,
  • Geneva, Switzerland when I visited CERN.

Compared to the other folks in my office, I am a real stay-at-home. The majority of my trips are to Fermilab. I pile up those frequently flier miles in 500 mile increments. I went to a big international conference this year, but it was held in Philadelphia, my hometown, at my alma mater.

I Got What I Wanted for Christmas

Posted in personal, Uncategorized on December 24, 2008 by Mike Procario

When my family asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told a them a Steeler’s tie and a travel mug.

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It looks like I got what I asked for. I even got a Steeler’s mug.

Miserable Commute All Week

Posted in Travel on December 11, 2008 by Mike Procario

My house is just over 20 miles from work and about 18 miles of the trip in on I-270 from Frederick, MD to Germantown, MD. Unfortunately, many, many other people also drive that route at the same time as I do.  A trip that takes about 25 minutes when traffic is light is now regularly taking me 50-60 minutes during rush hour. This week my grief was increased by a need to go all the way into DC twice. On Monday I had a 9:00 AM meeting across from the White House. I left at 7:00 AM and it took me over an hour to get to Shady Grove Metro station which is 25 miles from house. I was about 5 minutes late for my meeting. When I had a meeting at Department of Energy Headquarters at 8:30 AM, I left my house at 6:15 AM. This time I was 15 minutes late for my meeting.

A Good Old Football Sunday

Posted in Sports on December 7, 2008 by Mike Procario

Pro football is my favorite sport and I really like to indulge myself with a nice Sunday doubleheader.  I have not had a chance to watch two whole games this year due to travel and family commitments. In addtion my two favorite teams the Steelers and Eagles have played a lot of Monday and Thursday games. Today the Eagles play the Giants at 1:00 PM and the Steelers play the Cowboys at 4:00 PM. If both teams win, I will sleep well tonight. As I write this the Ealges are leading the Giant 10-0 with a minute and twenty seconds int he first half.

Update: Eagles win. Brian Westbrook is back in form: two touchdowns and 200 yards of offense.

Update 2: Steelers win. It wasn’t easy but they pulled it out.