May 3, 2011 - Times Square

I was in Manhattan again today for the second day of the IANS Forum. The multiple exits at Penn Station confused me. I travel to New York infrequently, so I don’t have a preferred route worked out. Today, I exited somewhere near 37th St. and walked towards 7th Avenue before realising my mistake. I had wanted to take the same path on 5th Avenue that I took the previous day. I corrected my path, which took me directly toward Times Square.

May 2, 2011 - into the city

This week I am in Manhattan attending the Information and Network Security (IANS) Forum.

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Parking at Princeton Junction is often a challenge for me. If I arrive too late, I miss the opportunity to use one of the non-reserved spots. I made sure to get out early and catch the 6:39 express. Most of the people on the train were dressed in business suits. I have not worn a suit in a long time, and I wondered if I could get used to this sort of morning commute—something to consider.

Despite my best planning, I felt I was running late. I started walking frantically to arrive at my destination — the Roosevelt Hotel near Madison and W45th St. As I walked along 5th Avenue and I looked up and felt compelled to stop just for a moment.