Last Friday, I went to the International Students and Scholars Services here in the university. I had some legal business to take care of. I needed to extend my legal stay here, and so I submitted some paperwork that they needed, and I will get the new paperwork back next week. Hopefully, this is the last time I will do this, as I am itching to earn real money and graduate from the program. Well, the good thing is that I seem to be on the right track with the proposal defense, and I am scheduled to defend my dissertation proposal in three weeks time.
Once I get my paperwork back from the ISSS, I need to take care of my visa application. I am renewing my visa for the USA this summer, so I am flying back to Manila to do that. I need to fill in some forms and schedule an appointment with the US Embassy in Manila. Yes, I know, it is a hassle, but unfortunately, I cannot renew my visa here in the United States. So yeah, I am flying back to do that, after all, I haven't visited the Philippines for the past 3 years.
So here I am again in my geeky mode. I am flying from Buffalo to Manila via New York City, Anchorage, and Taipei. This is going to be a long flight. As usual, I computed the statistics of my flight times, and after this trip I will have the following stats.
Upon coming back here, I would have flown 355.48 hours of flying time. That translates to about 14.8 days in the air, or 2.1 weeks. I would have flown a total of 152,483 miles, which would circumnavigate the Earth about 6.12 times. This is 0.638 the distance from the earth to the moon. The Boeing 747 is still the most frequent aircraft that I would have ridden, and Delta Air Lines is my most used airline. I would have taken off or landed in Buffalo Niagara International Airport a total of 27 times, while the second most-used airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, with a total of 19 take offs and landings.
Ahh, the joys and pains of travel. No wonder I always fly with a good book in my hand.