markgritter and I are home safe after our weekend in GR. Matt's graduation went smoothly, and I really think the President (of the US, not of Calvin College) was making his best effort at a brief, nonpartisan graduation speech. The phrase "faith-based organizations" came up a lot, but anyone's going to hit a few of their buzzwords pretty hard. I feel like a bait-and-switch has been pulled, though, when this President talks about "supporting institutions that hold our society together" immediately after mentioning things like garden clubs, book clubs, and soup kitchens. After all, who could oppose book clubs? But who, listening to the rest of the President's policy, believes that he only means garden clubs when he uses a phrase like that? Still, it could have been much worse in almost every direction.
I read Bill Holm's Eccentric Islands (thanks, misia! even when I wanted to call him up and say, "Holm, you're full of it," I was still interested in him being full of it), Sigrid Undset's Return to the Future (MEH), and Minister Faust's The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad (started slow and had some weak spots, but I'd definitely pick up another of his books). I'm now mostly through Helen Oyeyemi's The Icarus Girl, which is not a bad book but suffers greatly in comparison with Susan Palwick's Flying in Place. If you read them both, read Oyeyemi first.
The rugby team on the plane with us could have been a lot rowdier, as rugby teams go, but they were drinking bourbon and amaretto-Cokes on the plane, so my nose was extremely grateful when the flight was over.
I thought that I had plans for every day this week except tomorrow, but I was wrong: I have plans for tomorrow, too.