December 1st was the start date for my PhD research at the University of Waikato. I got my student ID card. I met with my supervisor. I got government subsidized health insurance.
I've been thinking about my research question. Thinking is nice because you can do it anywhere.
PhD: Proximal hamilton Domicile: We are living about 60 kilometers away from Hamilton in Raglan, world famous for its left-hand surf break.
PhD: Potentially habit-forming Diversion: As a study-break from thinking, I thought I might experience the local culture.
PhD: Pretty happy Dude: This is fun!
PhD: Potentially harmful Dump: This clearly needs more research!