Tuesday, July 16, 2013
there goes the neighborhood
Today is always a nailbiter; it's the day everybody allegedly shows up. I'm always worried that someone is going to disappear or get lost for days or never even get on a plane. None of these things have happened to any of my students in the past, so I'm not sure why I even worry about them. But I do. Because any minute someone could disappear, and then I'll have to go all Liam Neeson on them. Or, which is much more my style, make some very stern phone calls! (forbid)
I set out with these four to get some lunch. They were starving and they desperately needed to see how the 2 pound sandwich store works. I was happy to oblige. While there Aubrey was swiped in the face by a Eastern European scaffold worker's long frizzy hair. Things just weren't going her way! She was a good sport, and only rubbed the germs off her face for the next twenty minutes. We had a nice lunch under the trees in Hyde Park, and everyone talked and talked and I have no idea where their energy came from. Ritalin?
Tatijana showed up next with her cousin, who kindly and dutifully helped her unpack. Then Devin arrived, high-spirited and funny. Finally came David Beach, who was stranded by a cancelled flight in Manchester. Also, no luggage. His flip flops would be well worn today.
We stopped for a bit at the Brompton Oratory, which I always think is so beautiful, and where I'm always scolded for taking pictures. One picture a year. That's all I can manage. Here's what I got this year:
We practiced taking the tube, even though everyone's Oyster Cards were taking turns acting wonky. But eventually we broke up the band so people could go shop at the grocery store and I could enjoy this delicious meal alone:
One last thought. Does Josh Valdez have a full right leg? (see also: group photo above.)