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What a great week

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Boskone 51 Science Speaker Bill Higgins came home from Boskone with me. The original plan was for him to stay a couple of days, spend a couple of days visiting a friend in Woods Hole, and maybe a day or two in Boston before flying back to Chicago on Sunday (as in today). Then Brother Guy and Guy's friend, Dennis, gave Bill a tour of Boston on Monday before we left, filling Bill's hope of spending some time there. Shortly after we arrived at Toad Woods, Bill picked up email from his friend in Woods Hole and learned Al's mother-in-law had died and Al understandably expected to be in North Carolina during the time he and Bill were scheduled to spend together. Bill's visit to Woods Hole turned into a day trip and even that came as a surprise as it seemed like he wouldn't get there at all. Sorry though I was to hear Al's sad news, I totally lucked out on the necessary change of plans. Bill was here for the whole week, and it's been utterly delightful. Much as I know he's glad to be heading home and Kelley, he's the sort of guest I'd gladly have stay another week or three, and I'm not just saying that because he cheerfully shovels snow. Repeatedly.

Bill's one of those friends I've liked since the moment we met, oh, who the heck knows how long ago, but also a friend I don't see all that often and didn't know all that well. Fast forward through a week filled with conversation upon conversation upon conversation, a few brief road trips, shared meals and stories, talking so much under the stars in the living room that we never did watch The History of Future Folk.

I had a fairly big work deadline and a few other projects to keep moving on, too, so the shortened week was filled with long hours at my computer. Friday afternoon, my schedule cleared enough that Bill and I headed over to Framingham for a fun visit and dinner with Mark & Priscilla Olson. Saturday Bill and Gavi met as he came along on a frame shopping expedition Gavi and I scheduled before I headed to Boskone. That was fun, too, and, as Gavi wrote in email as the Cardis was bringing Bill and me back to Toad Woods, "It was lovely seeing you, and meeting Bill. He seems like one of those rare individuals of whom the unironic phrase 'a very good sort' can be meaningfully spoken." Ah, yup.

I love it when something I expect to be a joy turns out to totally knock my socks off with how much better it is than the good time I already knew it was going to be. Bill's company this week falls into that realm. What a fine, fine time. My only regret is that it passed so quickly.

C'mon back anytime, beamjockey. Bring Kelley, too.

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marsgov
Feb. 23rd, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
That's a great photo of two of my favorite people...
minnehaha
Feb. 23rd, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the Happy Train!

K.
del_c
Feb. 23rd, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Those two faces are sooo beamjockey and gerisullivan.
bibliofile
Feb. 23rd, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Bill is one of the best people ever (and not just in a cat-or-dog's sense of time, either). Hardly surprising that he's a good houseguest, too.
tanac
Feb. 23rd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel. Next time everyone should come to NC and hang out with Jeff and I. :)
beamjockey
Feb. 25th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm still unpacking!
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