Cancer Strikes my Family… Again

In late August my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. Today he passed away. I was on my flight from Manchester to Charlotte on my way back to Tech. And my brother was texting me to call. I told him I was in flight and could only text. So he told me over text. Not the best way to find out your last surviving parent is dead but I understand cause it was the only way.

At least my dad isn’t hurting anymore.

As for me, I’m staying here to finish the semester then go home in time for the funeral.

Boston…

We went to Boston, we went in with a great plan for all the things we wanted to do. Well, we didn’t do much. It was so cold walking around Boston was brutal. So we walked around for a little while then hung out at the hotel and watched the Patriots game in Boston.

I like to think we had fun.

Then next morning we went to Cambridge, with the goal of walking around Harvard and MIT. The only problem classes were still in session and we couldn’t find a place to park.

So we ended up in Newbury Port. We walked around there and had lunch then headed back to Dover.

Philly

I was able to sneak out of the conference to do a little sight seeing. On a Saturday afternoon at 5pm most of the touristy things were closed. Oh well. I might try to get back in the future.

I did go to the Reading Terminal Market. I ate there twice and did some shopping. I ate at a soul food place and had chicken and waffles. It was good. I also ate in the buffet in the back. It was quick and pretty good. I also bought some tea (Are you really surprised?)

I also bought a frog statue. Why a frog? My wife collected frogs, but she collected them because her nickname in her family was frog, so I bought a frog to have a little piece of her with me.

Here are some pics from the trip.

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Recapping SWE 16

I just got back from the SWE (Society of Women Engineers) conference. I’ve been a member for a few years. This year I went mostly to talk to people that used to work with my wife. To make sure they knew she passed since she only worked with a lot of the women through emails and conference calls. I know that other people there could do it, but I thought that it should fall to me to do it.

I managed to hit the career fair and I was able to talk to a couple of companies. I need to follow up with them by looking up intern reqs.

The highlight was able to spend time with one of my friends. We met back at CSUN when I was doing history. Back then she told me to go into computer science and not that I’m doing computer engineering, she will never stop telling me, “I told you so.” The second high point of the weekend was I won a 50 dollar Amazon gift card. So there’s that.

The downside was I had a slight breakdown, I was just missing her so much since this was her element she loved the conference and I was alone.

I asked my friend who had lost her husband a few years ago, if it gets easier. She said it doesn’t, it is like losing a limb, you learn to adapt. I hope I can learn fast.

Here are some pics from the conference

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