I'm back in VA. Stanford was amazing and the people super friendly and helpful. I think it would be a perfect place to live, study or teach. I'll wait until I visit HLS to decide which I like best, but I've nothing bad to say about SLS at all (other than that they WL'd me ).
I flew in Friday and hung around in San Fran, didn't like the city much at all (but I don't like most cities). Rented a car and headed north on Hwy 1 up to Point Reyes Natl Park and have been hiking all over for the past two days. Just got into Palo Alto last night and headed to S in an hour or so. The area here is totally amazing in terms of natural beuty and out door recreation!
Thanks very much for the re! I got a call back (after leaving a third voicemail, almost exactly two weeks after the first...) from Stanford last night and have an appt scheduled for 10am on Monday. I just got in at my hotel near SFO, will make my way to palo alto tomorrow or Sunday. If anyone is in the area and wants to grab a bit to eat or something I'm game.