I had a wonderful day on Saturday visiting with old friends and new ones. First, I had lunch with Dan Ray and his lovely wife, Kim, and got to find out what busy really is. You think your life is hectic? How about having two pre-teen children, working full time Monday-Friday and going to law school on the weekends, as she does? If I go to the bank and the post office in the same day, I need a nap. We had a nice lunch with lots of good conversation that ranged from Robert Bork’s judicial theories to neo-formalism to telling rude jokes and stories from my comedy days.
After lunch, I did some shopping. Picked up a new roaster for my thanksgiving dinner (the family is coming to my place for dinner, which is the way I like it – I love to cook big meals). And I also found a nice cheap paperback copy of Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett, a book I’ve wanted to read since it came out. I consider Dennett to be one of the half dozen or so most brilliant thinkers on the planet, and I’m quite jealous of fellow blogger Lindsay Beyerstein, who not only got to study under Dennett at Tufts University, but is even thanked by name for her contributions in the foreward to this latest book.
After that, I met an old friend for dinner. Mickey was also a debate coach in the late 80s when I was, and we became friends then. He left teaching when he got an incredible opportunity to join a large trucking company as a lobbyist and we lost touch for a lot of years. A few months ago, I tracked him down and called him and we finally had the chance to get together for dinner. Lots of reminiscing, of course, about our old students and our travels together (including a fairly frightening trip across the cultural divide and into the hills of West Virginia – insert banjo music here). We are now working on arranging a larger dinner for a bunch of other of the old debate crowd in a couple weeks, which should be a blast. Oh yeah, and I ate a steak the size of my head.
All in all, just a wonderful day of good food and great conversation.