Day 1: Getting to New York City

So today was certainly an adventure. I left the house at 6am for my 8AM flight out of DFW. 8AM turned into 8:20, which turned into 9AM, which turned back into 8:30. All lies, I came to find out, as we were plagued with issues: the plane was too heavy, so some people got bribed onto another flight; the plane was still to heavy, so we had to burn fuel while still on the ground; there was a mechanical problem, but the pilots assured us they had it fixed; American Airlines felt differently, so they recalled the plane to verify the fix themselves; then, finally, after over two hours, we were instructed to deplane and move to a different gate and plane. Basically, we got delayed 4 hours, which killed any chance of getting oriented in the archives today. My adventures, however, didn’t stop upon landing…. 

By the time I finally got to my hotel, I was informed that there was a mixup and my private bath room would be unavailable tomorrow and Thursday. I hope that’s not true (there’s still a chance that it’ll work out). Thankfully, if I have to move, they will comp me through Friday for the inconvenience. Here are a few shots of my room:

My Room is MONEY
My Room is MONEY

My Room is LIBERTY
My Room is LIBERTY

My Room is SAFE
My Room is SAFE

My Room is TECHED OUT
My Room is TECHED OUT

As loosey-goosey as their room assignment procedures can be, the rooms in this hotel are just fun. 🙂

Anyway, tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the NYU Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives first thing in the morning. I plan to spend the rest of the week there and possibly even some of net week. As for tonight, I’m catching up on some reviewing and making sure the technology is all functional (e.g., I’m posting from my MacBook Pro, tethered to my jailbroken iPhone, which is providing an internet connection). I think (really, I hope) that the iPad is all ready for “live” use in the archives starting tomorrow. I’ll be sure to report back how well it goes.

~d.

PS, one small aside: I used the iPad to grade my grad student final papers. After the learning curve, I think it went well. Once I’ve got some more “free” time, I’ll do a writeup comparing a couple of apps (iAnnotate and GoodReader) and explaining why I prefer (I think) GoodReader for grading student papers.