Thursday, December 29, 2011
I like the holiday interstice, Christmas to New Years', to get unmoored. There's less churn at work, almost no meetings, my email drops from 100 a day to a dozen or so. The holidays bring renewed family and social connection, reasons to reflect, measure change. I read deeper things, technical or policy. This week I've been into liquidity risk ... ƒ[certainty(value, time)] ... an interest of a client. Not that I need to be expert (my job is software), but it helps to know the customer, improve anticipation.
At home, we're about empty nesters. My youngest, age 17, is off to study in Granada, Spain. His older brother is soon to California, then broadly about the US and overseas racing bicycles. (May the wind be at his back.) So, there're refined things to do, like renegotiate kitchen duties, cooking for two, not four. Care and I are taking a short cooking course to fresh-up. My Africa avocation continues to grow, albeit more complex. I've got to work to fit new government regulations in Ethiopia. Likely we'll set a new partnership, then grant and development work, while continuing excellent healthcare. I anticipate a quick trip to Addis ... Tuesday, after New Year's, we re-animate, fast train to New York, then back to DC same-day. Moving away from thoughtful waters, into slalom gates and churn ... so it goes.
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