Friday, October 29, 2004

Far Above Cayoga Water...

I was in Ithaca for a few days to do recruiting at Cornell. On my first day, we had a few events in the CS department. Professor Birman actually remembered me after 7 years. He started talking about his new research project on managing clusters. It sounded very interesting. I'll follow up with him later. I also saw Dan Jenkins.

A few weeks ago, an old friend of mine S (not 'the' Es) sent me an email to let me know that he's now working from Ithaca. S is really an interesting, friendly, and warm person. And from what I can tell, he has an easy time making friends. S and I were close during my senior year. But sadly we had lost touch after graduation; this was major bummer as I later found out that he lived in Palo Alto in 00-01. He picked me up in front of college town bagels. As soon as I entered his car, it was as if time was rolled back to 1996. Literally, it felt like I had never left. The first thing we both told each other was “hala, koja boodeem” (now, where were we?). S & I replayed the tape and talked about a lot of great memories.

We went to a new restaurant / bar right across from the old stella's coffee shop. It's done really nice. After dinner, a few people came to join us for some "Fancy Ceylon tea" and just chatted about random things. A few months ago, I came across a farsi blog written by someone at cornell: It is so random that I happened to meet her too. I really enjoyed meeting all of them -- a real delightful bunch of folks. To my surprise, some of the students -- esp the ugrads -– thought that I was 23 or 24! College town was very happening on Wednesday night because the Red Sox won and on Thursday because it's the start of ugrad's weekend.

In summary, my trip was a long overdue dosage of Ithaca. It was the kind of trip that is as valuable and necessary as a long vacation, visiting nature, or eating our favorite home cooked meal. And unlike a reunion, my visit had a perfect balance of having S around to provide ties with the past and meeting new folks to make me feel as if I was still there and never left in 97. I made a few friends and learned a thing or two about how students use the internet these days.

I'm forever grateful to S. I always had a real sweet spot for Ithaca and Cornell. And it's nice to rejuvenate that feeling, in particular after so many years in California under Stanford's influence. Ithaca is a very international, liberal, and beautiful city. I can certainly live there.

The fall in Ithaca is really beautiful.

Por kon pyale ra.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love ithaca too, it s full og history

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its very nice, i love also egipt a lot about history!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes egypt is amaze...

9:47 PM  

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