It’s too damn hot. says it is only 85 degrees out, but whether because I am tired or because of the heat, I can’t seem to think. When we moved into our place, we didn’t put in air conditioners (the building is c. 1928, so no central air) because, (a) it’s September (!); (b) having paid to move, and for our broker’s upcoming birth, and for staying in the city to find a place, we are not only hugely in debt (nothing new there), but also have choked our cash flow; and (c) in order to put in a window air conditioner, we would have to get an approved, bonded installer, with special insurance, yada-yada, rather than just dropping our existing cheapo window units in. And so, no work for me. This, by the way, is why I initially chose working in Buffalo over trying for a position in Singapore: my brain shuts down when not within the 65-71 degree range.

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  1. Posted 9/13/2005 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Strange, my brain freezes over in winter… go figure! Seriously though, I doubt Singaporean academia would fully appreciate your level of work. Yes, I am being critical but for good reason. Just ask any Singaporean who studies overseas… no cyberporn, no politics, no nada!

  2. aimee
    Posted 9/15/2005 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    welcome to buffalo! i am cold now as i am inside the CFA at UB allday and have no sense of the outside envirnomnet. also so awesome to hear you have also seen the dolorean. lets hope for more spottings

  3. Alex Halavais
    Posted 9/16/2005 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Aimee: Thanks, but it really ought to be “fairwell” rather than “welcome.” I’ve just left Buffalo for New York City, where the temperature has been running about 10 degrees hotter than in B’lo.

  4. Alex Halavais
    Posted 9/16/2005 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Kevin: Neither porn nor politics? What on earth fun is that?

    It’s also probably why Prof. Vishwanath is the one going to teach in our Singapore program, rather than me :).

  5. Posted 9/17/2005 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    Maybe I am making an excuse for not often thinking in Taiwan. But for me, hot weather makes me stop to think. I don’t like the tons of snow here, but I don’t hate it either. Compared to living in an oven, I prefer to live in a refrigerator.

  6. Jon
    Posted 9/18/2005 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve lived in Buffalo all 21+ years of my life and I still haven’t gotten used to the cold winters. Take me to Vegas or anywhere out west where there’s nothing but dry heat. I was there one summer and it was more than 100 degrees (F) and I loved it.

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