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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Some things just won't fit under a hat. 

Back in December, when I was sure that applying to b-school was the route I was going to take, I decided to tell my boss about my plans. I'd started to discuss them with friends and, as I work in a small and rather gossipy field that overlaps quite a bit with my social life, I knew there was a possibility that he'd hear 'down the grapevine'. I didn't want that to happen, plus I'm part of the managment team in a small organisation, which means that my plans can have quite a large impact on other people, and so I decide to tell him before he went off on a three-month sabbatical. We agreed that the deputy Chief Exec (who's a good friend) and the chair of our trustees should also be filled in.

A couple of weeks ago, one of my management colleagues said he'd sensed that something was going on, and asked if I was leaving, so I let him know what I'm attempting. Then last week I had to let the rest of the management team know, because the scope of my job is changing and it all fits in with the b-school possibility and wouldn't make much sense without that context. So, now my senior colleagues know, our trustee board are going to be told(because of the job-scope thing), my friends know, my family know, people at Church know, and I'm realising that if no-one wants me (which is a very real possibility) I'm going to fail very, very publicly. One of my friends says that, in the event of not getting a place anywhere, I shouldn't think of it as failure, but as something that wasn't menat to be. I'm not sure how much solace that will be come January if I've heard nothing but tolling bells.

The job-scope change has been a bit stressful in the developing, but is now pretty exciting. It's been becoming clear to me over the last few months that there are elements of my job, as currently is, that are not best done by a full-time employee and some that would make much more sense if they were located elsewhere in the organisation. This wouldn't be the first time that I've had to consider proposing making myself redundant (one of the joys of being a manger in the nfp sector) but the thought of having to look for another job when I was trying to get into business school, and therefore planning to leave in little more than a year, did not fill my heart with joy. At the same time, my boss had been coming to similar conclusions to me.

After discussing things, we've decided that some of what I currently do is going to be out-sourced, some move elsewhere in the organisation and some stay with me. I'm also going to be addressing marketing issues that having been negleted (and which I identified as a problem as soon as I joined and have been itching to get my hands on ever since). Finally I'm going to be working on a project to review how the organistion works and how we could be doing things better. There are a lot of areas where we know we have problems, and which to some extent have been causing the difficulties with me doing the job I was originally recruited to do, but no-one's had the capacity to address them. I've already done a bit of work in this area, looking at risk management and project management, but the idea is that I'll spend the next year or so reviewing what we do and developing policies, procedures and systems to help us do it better. If I get a place at b-school, that'll fit in nicely, if I don't I'd have been planning to look for a new job anyway. We've also just been offered an intern from a local arts management degree course. If things are suitable, for us and for him, he'll be working with me. The end of result of all this is that I'm going to be able to get to grips with some nice meaty problems, and do some people (or should that be person) managment, which is one of the things I've missed most from my last job. It's going to be an interesting year ahead.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Bye bye Yale 

In a semi-idle moment, and spurred by what I'm not quite sure, I started looking through the financial aid sections of my target schools' websites. Right from when I started to think seriously about a full time MBA, I've been clear that I need to make sure it's a financially viable route to take. I need to be able to secure the funds to do the course in the first place, and I need to have some wort of 'safety net' so that I can continue to work in the nfp sector without using most of my salary for loan payments.

On re-reading Yale's financial aid information I relaised that I just don't think it's financially possible. I wouldn't be able to get the full costs covered by a loan without a US co-signer (and I wouldn't be able to get one of those either). Although there would be some loan funding available sans co-signer, and I could get an MBA loan in the UK for the remainder, none of that would be elligible for Loan Forgiveness. OK, I might be able to get some scholarship funding, but I'd still be looking at a potentially unsustainable debt at the end of the course. So, unless something changes in the next few months, Yale's off the list.

This means an immediate saving of the $200 application fee and the time needed to put a good application together. If it had been any of the other three schools, I'd have been tempted to apply and then see what miracles I could work if I got a place, but I've been blowing increasingly cold on Yale since I visited. Apart from anything else, a little voice saying "I don't know how I feel about this place, and I'm not sure I'd be able to afford to go anyway" is not condusive to submitting a strong application.

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Monday, May 24, 2004

Pass the Vocalzones 

The weekend seems to have been dominated by singing, in one form or another. One of my major volunteer activities is stewarding at a local concert venue. I got involved because I know how difficult it is to keep these sorts of facilities runing, from an economic point of view, and how much of a difference volunteers can make to that struggle. It has a national reputation as a venue for chamber music and is oftern used for broadcast and CD recordings, but it's also a great resourse for local school and community groups, and has a pretty imppressive programme for jazz and world music as well.

Saturday afternoon I was stewarding for a concert by a community choir, who always put on a realy fun show. They were performing in the evening too, but the afternoon was the 'family' performance. This meant lots of small children running around, which was OK with the performers and with us, but did mean that eyes and ears had to be kept constantly peeled. There was a pretty good turn out, especially as they were ocmpeting with major soccer and cricket matches on the TV, and beautiful weather outside.

I've been volunteering for about a year now, and am really enjoying it. The one thing that gets me down sometimes is the attitude of some of my fellow stewards, who can have a definite tendency to moan. The way I look at it, it isn't the same as going to a concert as a paying customer, but we aren't asked to do anything particularly difficult, stressful or tiring, and we get to hear great muic for free. But to listen to some of my colleagues you'd think they were doing the organisation a huge favour. Given that there's an eighteen-month waiting list to be a steward, I don't think they are.

On a jollier note, I spent Sunday afternoon at Sing-along-a-Joseph with a group of friend. In essence, you watch a film version of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, with the words on the bottom of the screen, karaoke style, so you can join in. That brief explanation completely fails to capture just an amazingly fun and really very silly experience it is. I went with a group of friends from a choir I sing in. We had a wonderfully rioutous afternoon, and I somehow don't think any of us are going to have much voice left for tonight's choir rehearsal.

In case you think something looks different but can't put your finger on just what it is, I've removed the Blogger comment functionality. It was just too cumbersome to be user-friendly, and I think I've fixed my problem with reading Haloscan comments from my home PC, so things should be much easier all round.

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Friday, May 21, 2004

Now is the month of Maying, when merry lads are playing. Fa la la la la la la. Fa la la la la la la. 

I've decided that May is my favourite month. Trees have broken out of their winter drab and into fresh green leaf (which pollution and heat have yet to dull). Wisteria is in bloom and trees everywhere are full of white blossom. And as my allergies seem to have miraculously reduced in the last few years, I can enjoy them without the accompaniment of itchy eyes and a runny nose. The air is warm, the rain (when it comes) is lighter and refreshing, and the month draws to a close with my birthday and a bank holiday weekend. What more could you ask for?

We're also properly into the long days of summer. My working week is split between days working at home and days in the office (which is about 150 miles away). On office days, this means that I have a very early start, a couple of long train journeys, and a late return home. In the winter, it results in a rather vampiric existance. I leave my flat in the dark, get home in the dark, and see very little natural light in between. But at this time of year it's much more pleasant. This morning I was woken by birdsong rather than my alarm, which is a significantly more gentle way to greet a clockface reading 4:30 am.

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Panic Over 

The giant font sizes have now been banished. In the process of 'promoting' Wharton, I'd deleted a /.

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What the . . . .  

No idea what's happened to the font size in the side bar. If anyone can enlighten me, please do so!

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Essays 

I've been starting to think seriously about aplication essays. Thoughts have been generally maturing in my brain for quite a while now, espscially for the Stanford 'What Matters to you most and why?' one, but in the last few days I've started to get thoughts down onto paper. I know it seems early to be doing this, but Wharton has released its essay requirments, Stanford has said 05 will be the same as 04, and Kellogg says that the first three questions are highly likely to stay the same, so there's no reason not to. Having looked at my calendar for the next few weeks I've also realised that I have precious little free time between now and the end of June, and if I'm not careful I'll blink and find it's September, so getting started seems sensible.

One of the things I've been mulling over is the tension between the general adcom advise to 'write what you want to say, not what you think we want to hear' and the direction of Montauk et al to take a 'marketing approach'. Coming form a marketing background myself, I'm very aware of the need to understand you target audience and its wants/needs and to communicate appropriately. I don't see these two pieces of advise as mutualy exclusive, but they need to be balanced. I think I'm developping a pretty good idea of what the various schools are looking for in their students, so my intention is to write the essays in a 'what I want to say' way and then go back over them to check that I'm covering the things that the schools are loking for - attempting to represent myself in an honest and relevant way.

I've spent some time on Stanford's 'What matters...' and have been drawing a mind map to address the why issues. So far, I'm finding it a really valuable and enlightening experience, recognising conections between things that had never occured to me before.

I've also been spending some quality time with Wharton's website, which has increased my enthusiasm about the school significantly

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Covert Surveilance 

At somepoint over the weekend my IE started behaving very oddly. Everypage I tried to navigate to redirected me to www.errorplace.com. Smelling something of the rodent, I decided to consult our IT guy first thing on Monday (I work from home for part of the week, so get IT support for my home PC). After a couple of un-returned calls on Monday morning I discover that he's on leave until Thursday. Being a small organisation, we have an IT department of one, so it was over to me. Of course, the best place to find information is on the internet, and as my own PC effectivley couldn't get on the net, that meant finding a local internet cafe. Now I can tell you the location of internet cafes in various cities around the globe, but I had no idea where there was one near me. After all, if I'm in my local area and want to log on, I do so at home! But after a bit of semi-intelligent wandering of the streets, and then some on-line research I identified the problem (some rather nasty spyware, apparently) fidlded around a bit, and managed to fix it. I'm now the proud owner of some ant-spyware software.

On a more positive note, I watched a really fascinating programme about body language last night. It's the first in a series, and last night's ep was focussing on power. Watching politicians when they're giving speeches, with no sound so you can concentrate on what they're doing rather than saying, is really fascinating.

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Friday, May 14, 2004

Travel Tips 

Having shared my experiences at the schools, I thought I'd pass on some other details for fellow travellers.

Places to Stay

Priceline (in the US) or Priceline (in the UK) – I’ve used them on numerous occasions and never failed to get a great deal for a good hotel.
Hilton London Paddington – if you’re flying into / out of Heathrow and want a hotel with easy access to the airport this is a great option.
The Belvedere, NYC – tourist hotel a block or so from Times Square, nothing flash but clean and comfortable
Hotel Metro, NYC – a few more facilities than the Belvedere and has a roof-top bar with a great view of the Empire State Building, but on the whole I think I preferred the Belvedere.
The Westin, Palo Alto – everything you’d expect from a Westin, and very convenient for Stanford.
Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston – relatively basic, but comfortable enough and walking distance to Kellogg

Places to Eat

Frere Jacques (East 37th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, NYC) -a really friendly ‘local’ French restaurant
Pigalle (8th Avenue at 48th Street, NYC) – not particularly awe inspiring, but they serve breakfast from 6am, which can be useful if jet lag is getting you up early.
Eli’s, The Place for Steak (Chicago)– didn’t try the steak, but the cheesecake is to die for and they do a wicked green apple martini
Panera Bread – don’t know how widespread this chain is, but the Evanston branch is a good spot for breakfast.


Getting Around

Virgin Atlantic is my international carrier of choice (although they have a relatively small number of routes). V-flyer is a consumer site with useful information on them.
Heathrow Express - the quickest route between Heathrow Airport and central London.
Supershuttle was very impressive in San Francisco, less so in New York.

Bits & Bobs

Eve Lom Rescue Mask – a wonderful pick-me-up for post-air-travel skin. The rest of her range is really good too.
The Boy from Oz – not world-changing theatre, but a very impressive performance from Hugh Jackman
Stanford Theatre – a real gem of a cinema in Palo Alto, specialising in films from Hollywood’s ‘Golden Era’
Second City – great comedy
Grayline – did their bus tours of both NYC and Chicago – quite an effective way top see a city in a short space of time.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Comment in duplicate 

Blogger has recently added a comments feature and, as I've had a few problems with Haloscan, I thought I'd try it out. For the time being, the code's in there for both, so use whichever one you prefer.

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What I'm looking for 

Before talking about each school, I thought it would be useful to post the lists I made of why I want to do and MBA and what I want from a programme.

What do I want to achieve?

Equip myself to lead an nfp organisation in the future, by:

* developing skills in strategy and leadership
* gaining a deeper understanding of the issues affecting nfp orgs
* building more generalist skills and knowledge onto my specialist skills, knowldege and experience.
* acquiring enough knowledge of other specialisms to understand the issues and ask intelligent questions
* gaining knowledge and skills in the 'hard' areas
* building on my knowldege and skills in the 'soft' areas

What am I looking for when chosing an MBA

* Core courses with a good mix of 'hard' and 'soft'
* Opportunity to lok in-depth at leadership, strategy and nfp issues
* Ability to have both breadth and depth in course taken
* To learn from experts working at the 'cutting edge'
* To learn from my fellow students
* To be able to put theory into action
* To be in a co-operative culture
* Opportunity to work and study with people from a wide-range of backgrounds
* To be somewhere I'll enjoy living and studting
* Good links to nfp orgs and consultacies
* Interesting extra-currics
* Interesting people
* A firm foundation for future professional practice and development
* A well-regarded course
* A mix of teaching methods, used effectively
* Opportunitied to sing (a long-term hobby that I want to continue)
* Finance available for international students
* A loan forgiveness programme
* Decent transport links with the UK
* Not too big, but not too claustrophobic
* Excitement!

The above aren't in any particular order. I'm going to go through them at some point and divide the criteria into 'essential', 'desirable', and 'bonus', and probably add in some more that I think of along the way.

Edited to add: In response to requests, anyone wanting to use this list elsewhere is very welcome to do so, but I'd appreciate it if you could credit where it originated. Thanks.

Now, as promised, my thought on each school:

Yale
What makes it stand out

*Very good reputation for its nfp offerings.
*Interesting nfp focussed resources and courses (e.g. Programme on Social Enterprise, Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, Nonprofit Organiosations Clinic.
*Social Entrepreneurship course
*Strong offerings in the strategy area.
*Strong offerings in the leadership area (including Chief Executives Leadership Institute, Creativity and Innovation course)
*Intersting joint offerings with other schools, particulalrly liked the look of 'Business Ethics and Sleeping Well' with the School of Divinity.
*Small school.

Concerns

*New Haven
*No university housing, how difficult will it be to find accommodation when I'm coming from across the Atlantic and have no local credit history?

Stanford
What makes it stand out

* Overall profile and reputation of the programme
* Location / weather
* Centre for Social Innovation and the nfp course oferrings
* Centre for Leadership Development and Research and the leadership and strategy courses
* Leadership DEvelopment Platform
* Process of Change Lab
* Management communication Programme

Concerns

* Location - west coast makes time difference with and travel time to the UK that little bit more

Before I visited, I'd listed 'reported arrogance of students'. I've now deleted that, but replaced it with 'very high competition from extremely able applicants'! But if you don't ask, you don't get, and the worst they can do is say 'no'.

Kellogg
What makes it stand out

* Centre for Nonprofit Management
* Offering of noprofit leadership non-credit course, early on in the year
* Social Impact Club and Conference
* LEAP
* Well regarded programme, both generally and for nfp's
* Very team focussed
* Good leadership and strategy offerings
* Board Fellowship course

Concerns

Slightly larger programme than the other two

Again, before visiting I'd listed 'Will I like Chicago / Evanston?' I can now say a very definite 'yes'.


Having typed up these notes, largely made before my visits, I can see that there's stuff missing and more detail in some areas than others. Watch this space and I'll come back and fill them out, as well as looking at Wharton and Columbia.

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Was it all worth it? 

Before I set out on my school visits, I made a point of writing down what I wanted to get out of the process. Now seems like as good a time as any to reflect on that, so here goes.


What did I want to acheieve?

* Get a feel of the place. Could I see myself being happy here for two years?
* Get a sense of the students and community atmosphere.
* Solidify 'why here?' for applications.
* Rule places out if they're not right.
* Deal with school specific concerns/questions.

Did I manage it?

By and large, I think I did. Certainly I'm sure that I want to apply to all three schools and that I think I'd be happy at any of them. Probaly the biggest question mark is over Yale, or rather over New Haven, but it's not a big enough one to stop me applying, more something that would need further investigation and consideration if I were to be accepted to Yale and somewhere else. I'd also say that Yale is the place that I got the least good sense of the students, but I guess that's an unavoidable consequence of visiting so near the end of the year.

I'll try to find time shortly to write-up what makes each school stand out for me, and what my concerns are about them.

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Sunday, May 09, 2004

Kellogg 

Unlike Stanford, Kellogg requires no pre-booking to visit. You just turn up at the admissions office, collect a pin and some details, and you're all set. I'd chosen to visit on a Monday as, according to the website, students from the Women in Management group were available to have lunch with on Mondays. As it turns out, they'd ended this for the academic year, but never mind.

To start out, I sat in on Operations Management, a core course. Having positioned myself at the back where I could be unobtrusive, I gave up my seat to a student who came in, looked round for somewhere to sit, and then sat on the steps at the side of the classroom. I'd presumed that this was because the classroom was full, but it turned out there were plenty of seats at the front, so I ended up being rather more in the middle of the class group than I'd have liked. There was a definite tendency to sit towards the back, which I found a little odd. I was told later that the protocol is that, if you want to use your laptop for non-work activities during class you sit towards the back so that you don't distract others. I can only presume that this was the explanation for the seating arrangements.

The class was taught by Professor Chopra. He started out by asking about the mid-term, which the students had taken the week before, and ran through some common comments from the mid-term evaluation they'd submitted on his. One concerned his use of cold calling, which he explained he used when people didn't volunteer answers.

The class was focusing on supply chain management and was lecture style, with a case used as a basis to explain the theory. This isn't an area I know much about, but I was able to follow most of it and could certainly see how it would be useful. There were about 45 students in the class, roughly a third female and two-thirds male.

Next, I opted to sit in on an elective 'Strategic Issues in Non-Market Environments' aka 'Non-Markets'. As far as I could tell, this looked at how non-market issues can affect the strategy of organisations - the case used in class was on the US car industry and the impact of CAFE standards for environmental control. I got the impression that this could be a really interesting class. Unfortunately, the students (c30 in the class, again about a one third:two thirds female male split) had been concentrating on a mid-term paper, and so hadn't prepared the case. This meant that they were rather non-responsive and it felt like Professor Haider was having to wade through treacle.

Both classrooms, as at Stanford, were enclosed and windowless. From what I saw on my tour later, this was the norm. Classrooms are laptop enabled, and nicely set up for Powerpoint use. They also have microphones directed towards the classroom, which my guide presumed were for picking up student comments, but he didn't think they were actually used.

The audience for the info session consisted of me, an r2 waitlist, and an r3 applicant. I found both the info session and the tour to have the most 'this is how we're different to other schools' content of the three schools I visited. I wouldn't say that this was a negative, but there was a sense of a school that knows it's good, but feels that it is maybe not as well regarded by applicants as it should be, in comparison to the 'Big 3'.

Aside from the emphasis on teamwork, the ability to take four electives in the first year, was one thing that realy stood out for me. The admissions officer doing the info session explained that this was to give first-years an advantage when it came to securing electives, as it enabled them to demonstrate how they could 'add value' to the organisation from the start.

When I'd arrived, the admissions office had assured me that students who saw my visitors pin would make a point of approaching me and telling me about their experiences. Well, they weren't that forthcoming, but those I spoke to were friendly enough. Interesting comments were "Teamwork is a bit like statistics. It can be hard and I don't always enjoy it, but I respect its value and its use." "If I could change one thing, it would be how nice people always seem to be. Sometimes you just have to tell people that they're wrong and explain why. I like it when people deconstruct an answer that I really thought was right and show me why it isn't - I wish that happened more often".

I should also say that I liked Evanston, a leafy suburb with a good down-town area and good links to the city, and I loved Chicago. OK, I realise I saw them both on nice spring days without the extremes of winter cold or summer heat, but I felt that this would be somewhere I could live.

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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Stanford  

Stanford has a really great computer system for booking visits. Visit the webpage, select what you want to do and when you want to do it, and it books you in. Except in my case, there was a bit of a hitch.

I arrived at the admissions office to find that they weren't expecting me at all, in fact they'd blocked off the day for round three applicants who were interviewing that weekend. Whether I'd booked before the day was blocked off and the system had failed to alert them, or whether it had let me book when it shouldn't have, I don't know. But all was very far from lost, as the amazing Nancy in admissions bent over backwards to help, and slotted me into the programme for the interviewees. So I had the added bonus of meeting some round three applicants who'd got over the first hurdle.

Reading through the B-Week forum, you see a number of posts along the lines of "I put in a great application to Stanford. I've got a 3.9 GPA, a 780 GMAT, wonderful work experience, interesting ec's, and everyone who read my essays said that they were so fantastic and moved them to tears. But I didn't get an interview. Stanford must be prejudiced against me because of my age, school, sock colour etc.etc." Well, having met some round three interviewees, I think it's safe to say that it has much more to do with being up against some really amazing people in a very competitive pool. (And remember, I'm a Brit, we don't tend to go for a whole lot of hyperbole.)

First was the class visit. Three of us sat in on 'Managing Organizational Networks', which is an organizational behavior elective looking at the role of social networks within and between organisations. There were about 23 students in the class, with roughly a 50:50 male, female split. The first half hour of the class was spent briefly running over what had been covered in the course so far, and the remainder in a discussion based on a case study concerning Italian banks. There was a very high degree of engagement and involvement, with only a couple of people who didn't contribute to the discussion. The classroom was completely enclosed, which I imagine could get a bit claustrophobic after a time, but it certainly cut out distractions and interference. (I noticed at Yale that there was quite a high level of street noise to contend with.) It was also a laptop-free room, which apparently is the norm. I was told that the wifi in the GSB has been done with short antennae so that it doesn't extend into classroom, thereby cutting out surfing or IMing during class.

After class there was lunch with some of the current first years. They were all really friendly and welcoming, a far cry from the 'Stanford MBAs are arrogant' stereotype that gets propagated by some people. I felt a got a very useful insight into life at Stanford in their experience. The one question I've asked everywhere is "If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?" The most interesting response at Stanford, was someone who said that he thought that students segregated by type (national, professional background, etc) too much, birds of a feather tending to flock together for understandable reasons, but losing out on the opportunities to learn from different people by doing that. Having said that, I also got the impression of a class of people who were more than willing to share knowledge, experience and contacts.

The formal information session didn't offer a whole lot more explicit information than is available on the website or in the prospectus. But it was interesting, and I think useful, to get the 'school's eye' view on things. The session was led by Allyson Davies, Associate Director of Admissions, and by this point the interviews and I had been joined by an r2 waitilist, and another couple of potential applicants. I came away with clear sense of the transformational and holistic view that the GSB takes on its programme, both during the course and afterwards.

The tour took us round the GSB building, which felt compact but not too small, and Schwab, which was much nicer than any student residence I've ever come across. Not that much more to say about it really, except that it's a really beautiful campus.

By the time the tour was over, the extra three hours' time difference was catching up with me, so I headed back to my hotel for a nap. And on a similar note, I now have to convince my body that it really is half past midnight rather than 7.30pm and try to get some sleep so I can get up in the morning. Night night all.




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Back in Blighty 

Finally made it back to the UK, despite a shuttle van that failed to turn up to take me to the airport and a flight that was cancelled. All-in-all it was a very useful and enjoyable trip. Write-ups follow as soon as the needs to recover fron jet lag and do lots of laundry allow.

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Monday, May 03, 2004

Chicago called off summer, on account of snowfall . . . . . . 

OK, it's not quite that bad, but the temperature is only just above freezing at the moment according to the weather forecast. Left Palo Alto yesterday morning, having spent Saturday enjoying their May 1st festivities and strolling through downtown. As I was on my way down to reception with my bags the fire alarm went off, so bags were abandoned in the corridor and we all made for the nearest fire exit. At least I was up, dressed and breakfasted, which, given that it was 6.20am, was more than most people. Fortunately it was a false alarm, so I was able to get back in and retrieve my bags in time to get the shuttle to the airport.

The first leg of my flight was SFO to Las Vegas. We were treated to a wonderful view of San Francisco on take-off, as we had to circle round the city. Although I didn't visit this time, I spent a few days there last October, and it was great getting a view from on high. Arrived in Las Vegas to find that my connecting flight was overbooked so I volunteered to change on to a different one, and took the $350 compensation and an extra hour and three quarters in the airport.

So I'm now in Evanston and on my way to find breakfast before spending the day at Kellogg. Given the re-appearance of my Yale post, I'll try and write up both the Stanford and Kellogg visits soon.

And for anyone who's wondering, the title is a line from a song called Texarkana, TX by now-defunct band Uncle Otto.

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Saturday, May 01, 2004

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And now my Yale report has reappeared

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Planes, Trains and Airport Shuttle Vans 

A few days doing the tourist thing in NYC was followed by a train trip out to New Haven to visit Yale, then a flight down to SFO to see Stanford. I wrote up my Yale visit yesterday morning, only to lose it because of some sort of connection problem, so I've decided that detailed reports are going to wait until I get home. For now I'll just say Yale: hmmm; Stanford: wow! Tomorrow, I fly up to Chicago, via Las Vegas, and on Monday it's Kellogg.

What I an sure of is that meeting students and visiting classes is a really useful part of the whole experience, so Alex, Wharton is going to wait until the fall.

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