The metro is the measure of my grad student soul

I use the metro to measure my progress as a graduate student.  I admit this is a subjective procedure.  What I mean by progress needs some clarification.

There are a number of concepts that go into defining ‘progress.’  The first is my comfort level on the metro.    In the winter my comfort on the metro is compromised by the fact that I have to bundle up against the cold in order to get to the metro, but once I am in the train itself, in that hot underground tunnel, it is hotter than any summer.  In summer, it is simply hotter than hell, many days.  Winter or summer I sweat in great streams which soak through my thin clothing or soak in under four layers of wool, cotton and gore-tex. (more…)

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