30 years

Thirty years ago a literary society was founded (some claim it was merely a drinking society) by people who had been my colleagues only a few months earlier, before Axel, Sita and I left New York for Massachusetts.

The society was named after a writer who didn’t quite make it into the world’s collective consciousness but got her book jacket up on the wall at one of New York City’s surviving speakeasies. Alas, the speakeasy, stuck in some real estate transaction limbo, may not survive but the society that was founded in 1983 is still going strong, with deep friendships at its base.

Over the years the membership has expanded and we count about 14 or so at each annual meeting. Food, wine and readings are part of our ritual, pairing the latter two a particular skill that some of us possess. In between tapas and the paella, Axel expertly chaired the raucous group through the agenda of our 30th Annual General Meeting, AGM. About half of the time was spent on determining the locus of our 31st AGM, with Manchester, Cape Cod, Maine and Southern France as candidates. The decision will be left to a committee which is not as strict as the committee that determines the next Olympics, but we have sites for about the next 7 years out.

Earlier in the day we walked, as one does in NYC, for miles along the spectacular Brooklyn Harborwalk and the High Line, a New York Style canopy walk along the old railroad tracks along the west side. It was good I had brought my orthopedic boot (now christened my booda) along which allowed me to participate in the entire length without pain. I now realize that I do have a third option for the ankle again that doesn’t require surgery: my booda. We shall see next week, after my fourth second opinion, what final decision emerges.

And now it is bagel time, warm, fresh bagels, good coffee, the New York Times and good company, all immersed in this Sunday morning NY ritual.

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