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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 5, 2014

Traveling Interruption

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My visit to Illinois went well, and I had a very good time talking to the students and faculty here in Champaign/Urbana. But American Airlines has decided not to fly anyone to Chicago today, so I've had to round up alternative transportation and reschedule flights, which isn't going to leave much time for blogging, from the looks of it. So normal service, or what passes for it around here, will resume on Thursday!

Update: traveling interruption is right. I was supposed to fly out of Champaign at 8 AM, go through O'Hare, and land in Boston at 1:45. As mentioned above, that 8 AM flight disappeared, so I took a shuttle bus up to Chicago - which, because of the snow and thick traffic, ended up taking over four hours to get to ORD. But I was still in time for my rebooked flight - if American hadn't rebooked me for that flight departing Thursday instead of Wednesday. The guy at the airport desk was as puzzled as I was about why anyone would do that, but got me on direct flight to Boston leaving at 1:20. Which was delayed. And delayed again. I did finally make it back to Logan close to 6 PM, feeling a bit as if I'd made the trip back on a pogo stick! I know that ORD is capable of far more than this, though, and I'm glad that I escaped any worse fate.

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1. Tiger Chemistry on March 5, 2014 10:04 AM writes...

Gotta love ORD...

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2. DannoH on March 5, 2014 2:06 PM writes...

ORD does indeed suck, but its also the snow that is perfectly timed each day to fall during the time of maximum travel interruption: rush hour.

You may consider IND as a destination airport if you head down there again. It's a reasonable drive and its a much smaller and easier to navigate airport. When I lived in that area (go Hoosiers!)I enjoyed flying out of Indy immensely.

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3. captaingraphene on March 5, 2014 6:21 PM writes...

Planes, trains, and automobiles. :)

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4. Joshua Cranmer on March 5, 2014 6:43 PM writes...

Another possibility is the Central-Illinois Airport, if you can avoid going through ORD. Has the advantage that you're scheduling in the same time zone (the problem with Indianapolis), and the parking is free there.

There's also rumors that the Champaign airport is trying to get flights to more locations, although I won't believe them until I see the flights. :-)

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5. gippgig on March 6, 2014 1:40 AM writes...

If you're stranded in Chicago you can take the South Shore interurban (the last interurban in the U.S., altho it has been upgraded to the point it's indistinguishable from a regular rail line) directly to the South Bend airport.
Speaking of traveling, this item is worth reading:

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6. dearieme on March 6, 2014 6:30 AM writes...

You blog title has the answer: we have to develop a way of pipelining people. Perhaps like those ancient pneumatic systems that whizzed paperwork around in department stores.

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7. Anonymous on March 6, 2014 9:43 AM writes...

Isn't Elon Musk supposedly working on that already?

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8. illinois alum on March 6, 2014 12:05 PM writes...

that is shampoo banana to a tee

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9. gippgig on March 6, 2014 1:54 PM writes...

#6: It would be technically possible to have magnetically levitated "trains" travel thru airless tunnels at spacecraft speeds - halfway around the world in an hour. However, spending big money on transportation of people isn't worth it. Rapid improvements in communication are rendering travel largely obsolete.

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10. DannoH on March 6, 2014 4:14 PM writes...

#5 That route of transport also has th perk of allowing one the once in a lifetime experience of seeing Gary at ground level!

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11. Hap on March 6, 2014 5:33 PM writes...

Is that a "perk"? I thought I had seen it from the Chicago Skyway, and it didn't seem like much of a perk to me (though I could see where they filmed the original RoboCop, perhaps).

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12. rtw on March 7, 2014 8:21 AM writes...

@11 Hap,

No Robo Cop was filmed in Detroit and Dallas for the most part according to IMDb.

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13. Hap on March 7, 2014 12:51 PM writes...

Sorry - I didn't know where they filmed it and I wasn't clear that Gary just looked like where they filmed it.

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