I'm off to New Haven for a conference in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Yale Information Society Project. I was very involved in the early days — I think I spoke at the first three or four conferences, but have been less involved recently.
The folks at the Yale ISP were kind enough to recently to make me an 'Affiliated Fellow' of the Yale ISP, so I hope to be involved more in the future.
I like to going to Yale events, as they are both substantive and nostalgic for me (Yale '82, Yale Law '87)…but I HATE the journey. Flying into New Haven is expensive and usually involves a long layover in Philly followed by a wind-up plane. Flying into Hartford gets you an easy drive…but the two direct planes a day are too early and too late, and why change planes just to drive afterward?
Flying into New York is quickest and cheapest…but then there's the land portion. CT Limo is so appalling that I vowed never to use it again after last time. And the time before. And the time before that. So this time I'm going to drive.
The trouble with driving is that I get lost. Easily. I was never the most directionally intuitive driver, and I've gotten softer from years of being married to a very reliable navigator. I don't own a GPS, although I'm thinking about it. I've asked for one in the rental car as a sort of, well, test drive, to see how I like it. (The other trouble is that I'm landing at 3pm, and will hit the Friday afternoon rush more than likely, but there's not a lot I can do about that.)