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boston is a wonderful city

That was honestly one of the most enjoyable weekends I've had in a *loong* times. Of course being pampered and fought over by professors helps a lot, but really it was the socializing with other prospective grad students that was the most fun.

We had a party Sunday night at the house of two married professors at Boston U. Lots of fun at the party, but I guess the highlight was chatting with the 1979 Nobel Prize winner Sheldon Glashow (http://www.nobel.se/physics/laureates/1979/glashow-autobio.html). He is a wonderfully down to earth guy, with a great personality. I told him all about my senior research, and at some point we got onto the subject of David Finkelstein (a former professor of mine who changed my life forever and was one of the main reasons I decided to go into physics). Glashow confessed to me that David Finkelstein was "his hero" as well (even before I had expressed my opinion of him), which solidifies my certainty that Fink is indeed a God. Apparently, the two had met each other years ago at a conference and really hit it off.

I also made a really cool friend out of one of the other prospectives there. He has an almost identical background as me (cs+phys), and shares all the same interests and went to a very similar school (Carnegie-Mellon) as mine (Georgia Tech). He's also got a similar personality to me--I guess if everyone has a double then I've met mine now :) He's working at JPL right now; it would be cool if we both decide on going to the same place.

Oh, and we saw a lot of shit in Boston that was cool. They paid for all our meals and for everything we did, including going to the Museum of Fine Arts which was awesome. I guess I haven't been to a big museum in a while so maybe I forget scale comparison, but this museum was freaking HUGE. We walked around it for 3 hours and then met back, and most of them didn't even realize there was a second floor (that I briefly tried to run through). None of us saw anywhere near all of the stuff there, but what we did see was beautiful--art from pretty much every period you can think of--personally I found the Egyptian collection the most impressive. At least 10 rooms filled with Egyptian sculptures, tablets, walls with hieroglyphics, artifacts, statues, sarcophaguses, etc.

Well, that's just a few of the things we did this weekend. The school is far more along the lines of my interests than I originally thought, it will be really hard to decide now between UCSC and Boston because I am still expecting to like UCSC a great deal.

Now Berkeley and MIT have rejected me so it is down to those two (and UW which I still haven't heard from yet, but I guess I'm pretty much writing them off at this point due to not getting back to me quickly enough).

Now, I need a rest...! And some time to think.

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