I am enjoying being in Boston.

I slept twelve hours last night. I was exhausted. Zonked entirely. I went to sleep around 12:30 Thursday night/Friday morning and got up at 5:15. That’s not too terrible, but I was already shorting myself on sleep the two nights before. I think I made up for it.

By the way, don’t leave the curtains open in a hotel if you don’t know what time the sun comes up. I had to put a pillow over my head at 5 am because the sun was already shining. I had no trouble going back to sleep for another two hours though, so I guess it wasn’t terrible.

I went to a really good conference session last night and came away with all these ideas about things I should study. It was very interesting. All five panelists talked about newspaper poetry. And, believe it or not, it was closely related to the first chapter of my dissertation.

Maybe what I am most interested in is genre. Which I already knew. But how does that translate into papers in other places?

I did not review my paper today. But I need to in order to be ready for tomorrow. I’ll have to work on it today.

But I have four hours off today (because there wasn’t anything I wanted to hear) and I am going to go on a trolley tour of Boston. It’s a bit steep in price, $36, but it’s a two hour tour. (Why am I hearing the Gilligan’s Island theme song in my head?) If I see something I must get off for, I can get off, tour it, and then get back on the next trolley. And the trolleys run every 15 minutes. So that’s very nice.

I went to breakfast at Burger King.

It was cooler today. I’d have said about 68, but according to the net it is 57 degrees right now. So… I guess I like it a little cooler than I thought. But it was nice. It might rain today, though, so I’ll need to bring my umbrella. Those open air trolleys might not be too much fun in the rain. Maybe I should have brought my mustard coat. That would have been enough to cut the chill and to keep my important clothes dry. I’ll have to remember that next time.