I'm blogging from the MetroNorth platform in Dover Plains, New York, waiting for a late afternoon train to the city. Dover Plains used to be the end of the line when I was growing up in these parts, and I took the train to boarding school from the decrepit little station alongside this new facility. WiFi is courtesy of an unprotected home network somewhere in the vicinity, for which I am most grateful. If ever they are traveling through my town, they can tap into my line as well. Thus a web of hot spots springs up in the unlikeliest of places.
I'm riding from Dover because the lots were full at both of the stations closer to my home. l'll be in Gotham for a couple of intensive days of real estate training as part of my work with the Trust for Public Land. The negotiation training that comes with it will come in handy as I try and dine out on less than the allotted $25 mandated by HR for diner expenses. I'd prefer not to be in Manhattan on such a beautiful spring day, but since I have decided not to work for vastly more hours than i was paid (the curse of non-profit true-believers), I spent the morning chaperoning my daughter's 1st grade class at the Sharon CT Audubon society's Nature Center, a place I recall from my youth with great fondness. If that is not a high quality of life, then I don't know what is!