Hello everyone. I have just deplaned in Denver. 770 miles down, only 5763 to go…

The first thing I notice is that it looked like every other airport I have ever visited in the US. The second thing I notice is that it is freezing here; it’s 19 degree F, which is -7 C to us Brits. Bearing in mind that it has been 15+ degrees in Austin, this is quite a shock. The third thing I noticed was this rather cool statue of Jack Swigert, one of the Apollo 13 astronauts. I think he was played by Kevin Bacon in the movie. I’ll try and upload a picture later, if I can get my phone to starting tangoing with my laptop.

I am now hanging around in a cafe, waiting for my 1010 Super Shuttle to take me to Colarado School of Mines in Golden. I am a little concerned; my talk time on one bit of my travel sheet is listed as 1200. On another bit it says 1600. I might need to ring someone…although the lady behind the desk, who seemed unmoved by whether I was dead or alive, suggested the journey would only take an hour. Fingers’ crossed. I have to say, I am a little nervous about going to CSM; it’s one of those names and institutions that has a pile of history and some annoying clever people. I have been practising my talk on the plane and I think I am good-to-go. I just need to get my source-to-sink (S2S) patter correct. I might Skype Tor Somme during the talk if things get hairy. If I get no questions, I might ask the audience why it’s called the ‘School of Mines’. I hope they don’t ask me a similar question about the Royal School of Mines…