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Monica Dunford | USLHC | USA

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The It Date

Since I have been blogging for close to a year now, let’s summarize my topics.

In the control room, taking cosmics data
In the control room again taking cosmics data
Crazy athletic adventure
Control room, More cosmics
Control room, yet again
Control room, still
Control room, yes still
More crazy athletic adventures
Control room
Control room
Control room, what am I still doing here?
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro cup over, banished to control room again
Control room
Control room. Again
Control room. Again. Again.

So… I spend a lot of time in the control room. If you haven’t noticed. And needless to say I am in the control room while writing this. This comes as no surprise.

September 10th. This is the new ‘it’ date. On this day, single beam will run around the ring (and through ATLAS) for the first time. And every reporter on the planet will be there. Many of them in the ATLAS control room (which is why I am strategically staking claim on my control room chair now).

Now don’t get me wrong, I cannot WAIT for beam. The 10th can’t come soon enough. But after long days I tell myself, ‘you think you spend a lot of time in the control room now… wait until there is beam’…. But although I do love sleep. And although the prospect of getting sleep is pretty dim for the months of September, October and November, you couldn’t pay me enough to leave the control room. Not now. Not with first beam in our grasp.

So is it September 10th yet?
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How about now?

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