“Neither rain, nor snow, …”

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds.”

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep Ed from getting a polycom to Durham to vastly improve this distance learning experience for Wendy and Dr. Brown.

Durham Trip; Rare Snow in Eastern NC
Durham Trip; Rare Snow in Eastern NC

I left Beaufort, NC around 5:30 am on the 20th, began experiencing snow and sleet by the time I got to New Bern and conditions just continued to deteriorate for the remainder of the trip to Durham.  The icy, snow covered roads reduced safe speeds to 10-30 mph in places and far too many drivers ended up sliding off the road or worse.  I must have seen at least 100 wrecks.

One of the bad wrecks between Havelock and New Bern
One of the bad wrecks between Havelock and New Bern

Hazards aside, the rare snow was quite beautiful and made for a much more interesting and exciting trip between Physics Central (Duke University – Durham) and Physics East (Duke Marine Lab – Beaufort) .   Upon arrival in Durham I stopped in to find Bill McNairy who introduced me to  Derek Leadbetter.  I was able to deliver the polycom to Derek [THANKS Derek!] and get right back on the road.  The return trip was spiced up by both the Gov. Bev Perdue declared “state of emergency” and the inaugaration coverage.

“Change” has come to both the United States of America and to the quality of our DUML physics 54 course.  We now anticipate greatly improved visual functionality during Dr. Brown’s lecture, since we can zoom in on the board as he fills it and we can pan to eliminate the “two panel of the board only rule”  which restricted and hampered Dr. Brown’s presentations.  Can’t wait to try this our for the next lecture on Wednesday 🙂

Stop and Go in the Snow
Stop and Go in the Snow
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