I am, at this exact moment, in the airport, on my way to Europe. It is not the case that I’m fleeing the country because I couldn’t get the damned podcast headphone thing to work, it’s just that I’m fleeing the country because ….. TA DA… I’m going on vacation, and it came around way sooner than podcasting, apparently, ever will. We’ll get to those questions someday, but I’m left thinking that really, a good question, which is what all of you asked, is in many ways a satisfying thing all by itself. (And Mandarine, I know that was a Monty Python thing and so did Doug, but I cheated and had to google it and I know it’s imprinted on both of your DNA.)
Tomorrow, I’ll be in London for a day or so, and then I’m going on to Italy, for some hiking and some hanging out. I figure, after a month or so of being out of touch, the best way to get back in touch is to take a long break from work, and work, and work, which is what’s been on my mind for the last month.
I would like to just say that I believe I am the only person on this hugely crowded flight to Gatwick who’s looking forward to being in the air for all those hours. I’m all alone in seat 33 H, my children and lovely husband being home finishing up school and other things. I’ve got a great book of Chekhov short stories, ones that were translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, and if that doesn’t do the trick, a magazine, and then my beautifully working computer, the one that works fine as long as I don’t try to hook any gadget more complex than my digital camera to it.
It’s great to be back in touch. I’ve missed you guys. Next wireless connection, I’ll let you know if I’m right about being the happiest person on the flight.