Gratitude, Part 27 (Feb. 15 – 21, 2014)

  1. Giant doughnut at church (Feb. 16, 2014)
  2. Brought a piece of the giant doughnut home to my wife
  3. Live interview on KOTA to promote the Mines Myth Busters event (Feb. 17, 2014)
  4. Impromptu cookout with friends (Feb. 17, 2014)
  5. Presidents’ Day (Feb. 17, 2014)
  6. See our friends’ house for the first time
  7. Playing Catchphrase (Feb. 17, 2014)
  8. Meeting and petting our friends cat, named Android
  9. Watching part of the final season of M*A*S*H with my wife
  10. Eye exam went well
  11. Watched the original version The Day the Earth Stood Still while waiting for my eyes to recover form being dilated.
  12. Interview at 6:10 am on KNBN to promote the Mines Myth Busters event (Feb. 18, 2014)
  13. Everyone woke up and arrived early enough for the interview
  14. Lunch with faculty candidate (Feb. 18, 2014)
  15. Faculty candidate gave a good colloquium
  16. She had a large audience (more people than seats)
  17. Full room for the Myth Busters event (Feb. 18, 2014)
  18. My wife brought in our smoke detector
  19. Liquid nitrogen in graham crackers
  20. Physics lunch at Red Lobster, and my wife was able to attend (Feb. 19, 2014)
  21. Made important decisions at a committee meeting (Feb. 20, 2014)
  22. Amazing performances by the Jazz Band and Master Chorale at an informal concert (Feb. 20, 2014)
  23. Faculty and grad. student social
  24. Faculty Wine & Cheese Party
  25. The President of the University thanked me for my part in the Myth Busters event.
  26. Multiple people have asked me about their Fiesta plates after the event
  27. Watching Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with our small group at the Elks Theater (Feb. 20, 2014)
  28. Free popcorn on Thursdays at The Elks
  29. Good meeting with faculty candidate (Feb. 21, 2014)
  30. Safe drive to Black Hills State Univ. (BHSU) on Feb. 21, 2014
  31. Getting to know colleagues at BHSU
  32. Discussing potential collaboration with colleagues at BHSU
  33. Giving a colloquium in the Natural Science Lecture Series at BHSU
  34. Several instances of very positive feedback for my colloquium
  35. Dinner at Dough Traders with professors and students of BHSU
  36. One of my colleagues at SDSM&T has a daughter who works at BHSU, and I was able to meet her.
  37. Touring the BHSU genetics lab
  38. Safe drive back to Rapid City, despite snowy conditions
  39. Safe ride back home from SDSM&T
  40. I was granted key card access to the CBEC building, which means I can use the shower and locker room to change back into my biking gear even when I am on campus late.

Total: 861

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