guilt by association

David, Nora, and Anna arrived first. It was perfect timing for me as I got to hold the wee one for a looooong time. I can hardly wait until she’s old enough to explain the Egyptian hieroglyphs on my housewarming present. 🙂 There was some concern about the chewable toy I found for her, but she did no damage. Hunju (!) took care of that later, “confessing” her “crime” after the last five guests rose in unison to leave. That was quite a visual moment – such orchestration! Perhaps Sreela cued them from behind me?

There were two newcomers, a new commgrad and a woman who came with Apoorva (my salsa teacher). Hunju wanted to attach her to me, which got us talking about how hard it is to be single in graduate school when all the intellectualism heightens the stakes so much. :-/ Some of my best conversations were over the grill, although Anuj left in disgust a few times when he realized “you’re talking about business!” During one exchange, Little Brother was outdone by Anuj’s display of “superior humility” – quite an accomplishment if you ask me. 🙂
B.E. spent her time indoors, “being public” while I was “being private,” according to the girlfriend. Is that a role reversal or what?!
I was complimented both for my “in with the weather gods”, as several days of nonstop rain cleared up just hours before the party. My special American Grill burgers were a hit, although I didn’t have enough of them (note for next year).
There was the added burden of the new Informed Consent form relating to my postings here in Reflexivity. I’ll write more about that whole process separately. For now, Elizabeth summed it up when we were talking about life in general and she mentioned reading the blog even though sometimes she doesn’t know what the heck I’m writing about (a critique, btw, which is not uncommon). I said, “That’s one for the blog!” And she said, “NOW I understand the Informed Consent!”
I really like my friends, in case you didn’t notice. 🙂 Even those who came up with outlandish excuses not to come (such as the Governor closing major roads due to flooding), or simply finding out too late to avoid conflicts. Speaking of other events, Comm Grad Olga Gershenson, now a professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies here at UMass, will have a booksigning on November 20, at Food for Thought Books in Amherst for her new book on Gesher, a Russian-Israeli form of public theatre.

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