Slacktime

The launch of the new Johns Hopkins project, last minute planning meetings for two upcoming events, the delivery of goods promised in January, all this is behind me now. The minutes, hours and days flew by as I checked off my long to do list: I presented, delivered, facilitated, negotiated, wrote, reviewed, counseled and coached. Although there is more, starting on Sunday afternoon, we are taking a little break first.

Axel followed a different drummer these last few days: he got himself a senior Metro pass and then spent most of his time taking in art in Washington’s extraordinary Smithsonian complex, accompanied by his longtime and now retired friend Larry; a perfect set up.

We’d meet at the end of the day when my duties for the day were done, deadlines met; on Thursday at a wonderful tapas bar where we splurged, ordering food and wine without looking at the prices. The final bill was rather steep – but Axel is saving us money with his senior pass and I get some money to live and work away from home during this trip.
On Friday we checked out of the hotel early, took the metro to our office, dropped our bags off and had two breakfasts at a local chain for the price of one at the hotel. I can also watch the pennies!

At 4 PM Axel joined me again and we headed out to a car rental place to pick up our compact car. We had reserved the weekend to spend with friends in Charlottesville. They used to live in Manchester. We carpooled Sita and their daughter to school for several years and became good friends. After the school phase was over they moved south and we drifted apart, with occasional visits and facebook holding us together. It was enough so to allow us to pick up the thread of our conversations without any difficulty. There is much to talk about: we have both become grandparents in the intervening years.

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