I have been inundated with geography-related things lately. On April 21, I set off to Chicago for the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. It's much more lively and interesting than the Transportation Research Board, because (1) springtime and (2) I'm not surrounded by engineers, and asphalt salespeople. It was also nice to put a face to the authors I read on a day-to-day basis - a nice mix of academia from the regal to the quirky. I can't wait until next year's meeting in San Francisco!
On the research front, I've been tying together my thesis framework and acquainting myself with my neighbourhood of interest and future home, starting July 1st: Parc-Extension, Montreal. I attended a bike tour sponsored by Le Centre d'ecologie urbaine de Montreal and other organizations where we wove throughout Parc-Ex and reminisced about the transportation environment and its history. I also learned at the recent borough council meeting that the neighbourhood's first bike lanes will be installed in the near future.
My god, Montreal has enjoyed a week of magnificent warm and sunny weather with low humidity. The trees are legitimately green now, and when I went to Marche Jean-Talon this afternoon, it had finally evolved into an open-air market for the season. I'm so filled with sunny Vitamin D and fresh vegetables that I broke my previous jogging distance record by a statistically significant margin. The health ramifications are great, but above all, jogging is an important skill if I want to be that "hip and energetic professor" down the road. Habitus, habitus, habitus.