J-week ended for me on Thursday afternoon, April 16, when the Advisory Committee met for two hours to hear reports from faculty and have barbecue and enjoy a concert by Big T’s Blues band in front of the Overby Center.
I was up the next morning about 3 am and left the house at 3:30 for a 6 am Chicago-bound flight out of Memphis. From O’Hare, I was to take a United Airlines flight to Beijing a little before 1 pm. I was traveling from Chicago with Susan Shaw, executive director of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Our more than 13-hour flight took us almost over the North Pole before traveling south over Siberia to the capital of China. We landed a little before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Beijing time – 13 hours ahead of Oxford’s Daylight Saving Time.