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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I saw many adorable people this weekend. Brace yourselves, for I actually took photographs of them.

This is Aine, pronounced AHN-yah, the tallest twenty-month-old child ever. Okay, maybe not ever. But she's 35 inches and she's not even two. Her father is 6'5". Her mother is 5'8", and she's the short one in her family. Aine's going to be a monster. As you can see, this picture was taken before she'd made up her mind whether or not I was trustworthy. After an agonizing ten-minute trial, the jury decided in my favor when we found out that both of us love eating animal crackers and dancing.

Sasha, on the other hand, adores me without reservations. It took her a minute to remember me, but as soon as she did, she rolled straight over and presented her belly. The slut.

I ran into an Italian physicist and his lovely wife. He just finished his degree at Caltech after a five-year hiatus, so we were all bursting with pride for him. He'll be going to UCLA to study loop quantum gravity or some such rot, which means that she'll be retaining dominance her position as sugar momma for the next few years.

I went out to dinner on Saturday with a pair of slacker rock-climbers. The man on the right who's attempting to look stern is one of my oldest friends. The picture doesn't convey his personality properly. Although I guess it's pretty clear that, like his girlfriend, he's trying to stifle a laugh. Usually he has a grin on his face that's as big and gummy as mine. In fact, when we used to hang out regularly, people would ask us if we were brother and sister.

Yesterday afternoon, I paid a visit to someone who fed me homemade blueberry muffins and coffee. Josh, you win the award for Best Friend to Drop In On Before a Long, Boring Drive. I'll make you a certificate in honor of this monumental achievement. You can hang it next to your Ph.D.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-06-07 16:54 (UTC)
The only regret I have is forgetting to take any of them with me when I left. Woe!
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2005-06-06 23:51 (UTC)
really nice photos.
just one thing though - "slacker" rock climbers?
i mean, i get it, but i just never thought to put "slacker" and "rock climber" in the same sentence.
then again, i'm no astro-phycist either.
(or a spelling bee champion for that matter).
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2005-06-07 01:47 (UTC)
Rock climbers are preternaturally relaxed (because when you are talking to them, their brain is comparing their current stress level against that of dangling from a rock-face 600' in the air). Which creates the illusion of, or completes the image of slack. (The former applies to climbers who are not slackers).

Or maybe the fresh air just does them some good?
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2005-06-07 06:36 (UTC)
yeah, i know, i really was being sarcastic.

it's a weird phenomenon, being so stressed you actually appear relaxed. at the same time, i can't ever imagine myself so relaxed that i could rock-climb it's a frame of mind i just don't have the aptitude for.

you look very slacked in your user-icon. i say this with much admiration for the stress-zen-slackitude...
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2005-06-08 19:38 (UTC)
I am, often, a slacker. And sometimes even relaxed... but really, the icon was just a lucky shot, but I'm certainly no rock-climber. I compare my stress levels to when I'm sleeping, not when I'm hugging stone.

And, I'm sorry for missing the sarcasm.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-06-07 16:58 (UTC)
Most of the climbers I've met have the following philosophy/work ethic: you work to survive well enough to sustain your climbing habit. If you don't have to work, even better. That screams slacker to me. :-P
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-06-07 17:00 (UTC)
...I guess it is redundant, though.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2005-06-07 22:26 (UTC)


i feel thoroughly schooled now re rock climbers.
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[User Picture]From: windrunner
2005-06-07 09:26 (UTC)

hey gorgeous!

damn girl! long time no see :) *hugs* glad to see you're doing well.
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