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* European metrosexuality
I amuse myself by counting how many men in the organizational facebook are wearing scarves.

* long distance logistics
Even though congogirl and I live only a few hours apart and she comes regularly to the DC metro area, somehow we made a tremendous effort to meet for dinner in Lyon.

* American pride
The big news in France this morning is about the release of Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages in a successful stealth operation. I pointed out at breakfast to my colleagues that the members of the Colombian military rescue mission were more likely than not trained by the US. So there.

* my long absence
MoBob informed me by email this morning that one of the plants died. *sigh*

* more travel?
I'm still trying to wriggle out of Dar es Salaam and Chicago, but it looks like a trip to Eugene OR for a meeting on gender and disability is in the works.

EDIT: even LeMonde admits that Americans deserve some credit in the hostage rescue (in French)
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On July 6th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Why did I not bring my camera to take a photo? Send me the one you took? It was so much more glamorous meeting in Lyon, don't you think??
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On July 6th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I lost my cable in Brussels so I'll send it once the new one arrives. I'm impressed we were able to plan without cell phones!
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On July 6th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Eugene? If you're flying in and out of Portland (fairly likely), we must get together. The airport is only 15 minutes away from us.

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On July 8th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I can't believe we managed to schedule something without cell phones!
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On July 8th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yeah, I was lucky that I was in a meeting in a room with wi-fi!
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