Post numbero uno: Harry and the T

Tiama Hamkins-Indik

Hello and good day! Welcome to my premier post and blog where I will share some of my thoughts and feelings about life and Olin. If you're so inclined you may read about my everyday happenings, which I'll try to keep interesting even when my life isn't. If you are not so inclined, please stop reading immediately, for I ensure you this post will be entirely about things that I think and do.

If you'd like to know some important facts about me please check out my bio. But there are few things about me that are not in my bio and may be useful (or not useful as the case may be) to know about me.

    • I'm rather fond of lists, and this format will probably be a reoccurring theme.
    • I'm working at the Kamm Lab this summer at MIT doing research on differentiating neurons from mouse embryonic stem cells on a variety of materials in microfluidic devices.
    • I'm living with my 43 and 14 year old second cousins (actually my second cousin and second cousin once removed if you're nitpicky about those kinds of things) for the first half of the summer, and Oliners in Sommerville for the second half.
    • I saw Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at its midnight release with a whole host of Oliners. The drama! The intrigue! Flighty dark wizards, ink enveloped memories and budding romance! Oh, the joys of my favorite teenage wizard! All in all, an excellent film.
    • I'm not a reliable source for movie reviews, as I tend to like them all.

    Unbelievably, it is already half way through the summer
    and it looks like the weather has finally agreed to be agreeable, which means I'm biking to work. However, I sometimes take the T, and I thought I would share some useful T etiquette, for those who were curious or planning on living in Bostonia.

    Rules and Regulations for Riding the T

    1. Avoid eye contact at all costs. If accidental eye contact occurs, smile, look apologetic then quickly look away. Bringing some sort of electrical gadget or book makes this much easier, and pretending to text message even though you are clearly without signal is always a good choice.
    2. Make sure to sit in the odd seats so that you can avoid sitting directly next to a stranger for as long as possible. The seats closest to the door are ideal, because even in the worst case scenario you will only be sitting next to one stranger. Also, ignore the priority seating signs, it seems those are mere guidelines.
    3. Avoid sitting directly across from a group of friends if there are only a few people on the train. I did this once, and felt like I was their own personal one-woman audience.
    4. Getting on the first or last car is more fun that riding in the middle cars.
    5. The Kendall/MIT stop is the best, because there are multiple lever to pull which makes things go "bing." (One lever actually does nothing, try to avoid that one.)
    6. Stand with you feet perpendicular to the direction of the train, as there is more side to side movement, except, of course, when coming to a stop or beginning to move.

      New in Town by Robert Leighton

      From my favorite magazine, The New Yorker. "New in Town" by Robert Leighton.

      If traveling with friends, all previously mentioned suggestions should be ignored, because no one really cares anyways.

    In the words of the great and forever loved wizard, Albus Dumbledore, "Pip pip!"

    --Tiama '11

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