Nan and Walt's 1999 - 2000 Sabbatical
August 2, 2000 Report

The Final Episode - Part V

Home Again

Our final hop was again across a three time zones. And, yes, we did expect to arrive home early evening on June 20, but we experienced all sorts of delays, the first on our trip, ended up flying to Syracuse, renting a car, and driving home to arrive in Rochester around 4 A.M. :-(  So much for avoiding jet lag!

We've been very busy since then, unpacking the house, sorting through things (There's nothing like living out of a suitcase for a year to show you that you own too many things!), settling Nan's mothers estate, preparing our income
taxes, buying and upgrading computers, installing a cable modem, and so on.  (You get the idea.)  That is why this report is so late in getting out.

One of the big things on our to-do list was to buy a car to replace the one we'd junked in the Netherlands.  We'd enjoyed the Toyota Seca we'd rented in Australia, but unfortunately it was not available in the U.S.  The closet thing we found was the new Toyota Echo which is similar but does not have a hatchback.  So here she is - Gracie!


We timed our return so that Nan could participate in several July activities, like her 35 high school reunion in Alexandria Bay.  The class had their cocktail hour during a cruise through the islands;  this was followed by dinner and dancing.

The following day was the Rose-Proven Family Reunion, also held in the Thousand Islands area.  We attended that briefly.  Unfortunately, it rained for most of the day.


Then there was Duane and Heide's wedding on July 15.


And, SIGGRAPH 2000 in New Orleans(!) from July 22-28.  Pictured above are the gang from Bristol: Ann McNamara, Katerina Mania, Alan Chalmers, Collin Dalton, and Neil Campbell.  On the right is Lynn Pocock, the chair of SIGGRAPH 2001.  It was Lynn's birthday on the 28th.


So, what better way to celebrate than to dye your hair the color of Lynns (not). :-)  Or, you can take the easy way out and buy a hate like Alan did.  Alan is pictured again on the right with his mother, Joan, and cousin, Tracy, who came all the way from South Africa to attend the conference.

Conference receptions are often held in interesting places.  This years papers and panels reception was held in the New Orleans Aquarium.  Here, Gitta Domik, from Padeborn, Germany is shown petting a shark, a diversion while standing in a line for food!

Anyway, we're home and it's back to reality.  All in all, it's been an unforgettable year!

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Nan C. Schaller
Rochester Institute of Technology
Computer Science Department
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2 August, 2000