I did have one huge annoyance - having to clear out my corporate office as they decided that those of us who spend less than 20% of our time at the mothership shouldn't have more than a file cabinet there. I decided it was not a good idea to point out that our CEO has an office there which she spends maybe a week or two a year in. Mostly I would have liked more notice so I could have gone through things, instead of just throwing stuff into file drawers.
But I did have a good week otherwise. The biggest event was the reception I went to at the Swiss embassy residence on Wednesday night. This was MIT related - kind of a payback for significant donations to the Alumni Association. The residence is very modernistic and, while it isn't exactly my taste, I can appreciate the architecture. The main thing is that it's nice to have an evening of conversation with intelligent people. I was also impressed with how well people mingled across the years. All in all, it was a lovely event.
The other big event of the week was my trip to Milwaukee this weekend. I got upgraded between IAD and ORD both ways - and ended up in rear-facing business class seats on both 767s. It's a bit weird sitting backwards during take-off and landing, but the upgrades are nice. Unfortunately, it was regional jets between ORD and MKE and the CRJ200 is the most uncomfortable plane around in my opinion. Still, that's a 15-20 minute flight, so it's not a big deal.
The reason for the trip was, of course, checking off another ball park. Miller Park is pretty nice, but has one major deficiency. Namely, there are no vendors coming around with hot cocoa! I can only remember one previous time I was that cold at a baseball game. A reasonable number of people sang along with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (which the Brewers follow with "Roll Out the Barrel," which is a song I dislike but it does at least have a local connection. Not enough people sang along with that.) As for the game, the Phillies beat up pretty badly on the Brewers. I admit that by the bottom of the 9th I just wanted them to get it over with so I could sit in the car and blast the heat.
I also took advantage of the trip to drive to Madison and do another state capital Volksmarch event. The route wound around downtown, the lake front and the University of Wisconsin campus. It was a pleasant and interesting walk, though the area right around the Capitol was too crowded to be enjoyable. (There is a Sunday farmer's market, which was completely packed.) I also finished off the Historic Churches special program since the walk passed the Gates of Heaven synagogue!
This morning, I drove up to Cedarburg and did a Volksmarch there. The historic downtown stretch on Washington Avenue was interesting, with distinctive limestone buildings. Most of the route was through residential neighborhoods and various park paths. Those were pleasant enough, but not anything particularly distinctive.
I had about an hour to kill when I got back to Milwaukee, so I went over to the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. I hate to admit it, but I like the sort of modern slot machines that have bonus rounds. I played one that had something to do with zombies - and ended up 50 bucks ahead by the time I had to leave.
Life is good.