Thursday, 20 April 2006
The Tuesday discussion group had adjourned to Carla's deck, so that
we could enjoy a warm, sunny day of April. We sat eating pizza and
drinking wine and beer until it was so dark that we really needed
the candles Carla brought out just to avoid a misstep. There Wei
Wang finalized his invitation for a farewell lunch with Chinese
days later we sit in the Center lounge. The chinese food is from
the restaurant Wei identified as the best--and we did not question
his authoritative judgment. He chose well. The beans were great
and I especially liked the beef loaded with lots of hot peppers.
This was the time finally to open the bottle of Australian Shiraz
that Malcolm had brought to one our early dinners at Lillia's.
The event has the mood of the last day of summer camp. It's been
fun and we'd like it to go on forever, but we know our time has
passed. The attendance is thinner than we expected. The end
of term fragmentation has already started. One Visiting Fellow's
wife arrived the day before and the two of them are already on their
way to Hawai. Another has his parents visiting the US for the first
time. And another just has to finish something or other.
We have a new face, Alexey Kryukov, who will shortly be giving us
a technical tutorial on "Functional Relativity of Quantum Mechanics."
Our talk is distinctly unacademic. Cigarette packets in Canada and
vodka in Finland. It is the relaxed chatter of old friends and I
get so engrossed that I keep forgetting to take photos.
John D. Norton
20 April 2006