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See you later
I got up slowly today, and Rebecca and I pottered around the house for most of the morning/day. We watched a DVD of Coupling which Todd had lent us. Mum and Dad have decided that it is funny. I was impressed that my Hebrew comprehension is still quite passable.
Mum had also cooked a nice lunch, and it was nice to sit down and share a meal with my family. Today's main feature, though, was one of hellos and goodbyes.
Rebecca and I called our friend, Julie, because it is her birthday tomorrow. It was nice to catch up with her. We hadn't spoken to her since she called for my birthday.
After exchanged messages through the weekend, I finally spoke to Kathy about 20 minutes before I had to leave. This was quite poignant for me. Kathy is one of my closest friends (i.e. she lives in a different city and I speak to her every month or two). Seriously, Kathy has always been a very good friend to me and I hope that I have always been a very good friend to her. In a week or two, Kathy goes to start a PhD in USA.
This is great for her. It is a fantastic opportunity and (hopefully) she will have a fantastic time. But, the occasion is always tinged with a little sadness when you know that you may not see someone you care about for a long time.
Through the day, Rebecca and I went for a walk and Rev gave me a haircut, and then it was time to go. The day flew past and Rebecca drove me to the airport. And I'm back in Brisbane for another trip up here. It was a somewhat tearful goodbye as I left Rebecca at the airport. Even though I'm only away from her for 2 weeks this time, it just gets harder and harder everytime. Its currently 4 hours since I left, and I miss her already. Its going to be a long 2 weeks.
The plane trip was entertaining. I was seated next to a couple of Brisbane people, and the topic for discussion was Victoria's anti-villification laws. I think that I might hurry up and finish this so that I can post something on where freedom of speech fits in the hierarchy of democratic freedoms. I also practiced my talk once or twice. I will let you know if there is any change in my feelings about the impending talk.
Anyway, I got into the airport and was greeted by Geoff. Even though I am not a big fan of being up here, its nice to stay with Geoff, Michelle and Aerlyn. Tonight, Michelle had made a curry using my recipe. It was yummy.
My favourite procrastinations
The Head Heeb - Jonathan provides a balanced view on various Israeli and (former) colonial states in less developed regions of the world.
The Bladder - a sports satire site. Well worth a look.