I am sitting in Boston's Logan Airport. My 3 days in Cambridge, MA were great. On Friday, I went to dinner with my co-author Denise DiPasquale. While we published our last paper more than 10 years ago, we have agreed to write a new paper on the energy efficiency of multi-family housing. The paper will be good! Saturday I went out to dinner with my co-author Mike Cragg's family. Mike now lives in Belmont, MA and this allowed me to return to a place (Payson Park) where I lived in a nice home adjacent to the park for six happy years. My son's first days of his life were spent there. On Saturday afternoon at 4pm, I sat in Payson Park on a sunny day and wondered if I made the right choice to nudge our family West. It was awfully pleasant in that park. On Sunday, I had breakfast with Dan McMillen (not a co-author) and then had lunch with a new co-author of mine Danglun Luo from Sun Yat-Sen University in China. We will be working on corporate finance and environmental performance in China. On Sunday, I went to dinner with my co-author Erin Mansur. At the Lincoln Conference on Monday and Tuesday, I spoke for a long time to my co-author Siqi Zheng and Nils Kok. I then met my co-author Ed Glaeser for coffee in Harvard Square. So, that's a lot of talk with 7 different co-authors. I now fly home to see my favorite co-author and her young son.
There is no point to this blog post. This is a brief diary of the power of face to face interactions. I haven't bothered to list what I ate during my 5 trips to Legal Seafood while I was here. You need to pay the premium price to access that juicy info.