Being back in the US for more than a couple days has brought into focus some things I haven’t missed since moving to Quebec in 2004. Top among them would have to be all the crazy forms of religion that freely suffuse public life here. For instance: As we have traversed various California highways over […]
Go swimming outdoors, after work, in the rain and in the dark. In the middle of December. Well, you could. But it might not be very safe.
Today was a big medical day. I stayed home from the Center so that Ya-Ya could get his eye pressure checked (glaucoma) and I could talk with a local endocrinologist about my fatigue. We went over my blood results and determined that my TSH could be further suppressed (which means increasing my dose of synthroid) […]
Yet another overdue entry. Life has a way of being busy even when it’s not. Or rather, we don’t have a ton of unstructured time. Last week, our path takes us a little out of our way to a place called Philz Coffee. It’s a chain, I’m pretty sure. Anyway, we’ve driven by the place […]
Today I had my first yoga class ever. You might be asking how it came to be that a person such as me winds up in a yoga class. Convenience is king. A group of people got together to hire a yoga teacher to come up to the Center twice a week. I was assured […]
I haven’t said much of substance in this space apart from my SSHRC post, which is a whole other story. So let me set the scene. This is my first sabbatical, and I’m still figuring things out. I had wanted a fairly routinized life, and so far that’s what I’ve gotten. We spend all day […]
Shortly after our arrival in our new neighborhood, we went out to the car to find this envelope affixed to the windshield: Clearly someone had noticed the Quebec license plates. Inside was the following letter: Welcome to Silicon Valley, where everyone has a startup company and is an entrepreneurial genius.* Which means, of course, that […]