## Saturday, February 21, 2009

### a solemn vow.

next fall i am definitely applying for an N$F grant; even if i am in the hospital [1], i vow to plan ahead and make the deadline. of course, it helps for the job search in two years, but there's more. i've been a lucky man, so far: i've been a guest many times in my (short) mathematical life, and i've met colleagues who are fine hosts. it's time for me to learn how to be a good host, and to seek out the means in order to be a good host. curse my bad luck: of all the years for a stimu1us pa¢kage to benefit the N$F,
it is the year that i didn't apply for research funds!

[1] the week before the deadline, last fall, my hand was forced and i was stuck in the hospital for a span of days. this is a poor excuse, though: these sorts of applications require a month or two, as i've been warned ..