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International Women's Day [Mar. 9th, 2011|08:19 am]
I've been having odd nightmares about my son in Israel lately. Not logical nightmares, like him being killed in a bomb. Dreams where his youth group dumps him on our doorstep because he is being disruptive, with a 'James Cagney at the end of Public Enemy' flourish. Which is, after all, more likely.

Anyhow, that isn't happening at all. He's having a great time, and completely rapt by the sheer politics of the region. They met with a Knesset (parliament) member yesterday and Big Idea Boy said he really missed being able to talk about it at the dinner table. He's applied to a couple of unis in Canada, and we are all dealing with the fact that he appears to be gone from the family home (and, seemingly, Australia) for good. But he is doing exactly what is right for him and his aspirations for a career in international politics (either the diplomatic service or aid), so we are very proud of him.

I biked off early yesterday to the annual International Women's Day breakfast organized by the Women's Planning Network. It was in the state Parliament Building, the dining room to be exact - a remarkable 19th century piece of Britishness. The conservative planning minister (we had a change of government in November) is actually more interesting and smarter seeming than the previous fellow, who was nice enough but a bit of a buffoon in my opinion. I shamelessly shmoozed, and also saw many former students, which is always nice.

Then I got a call from an architect who said in a dutiful voice: "I'm calling all my female colleagues to wish them happy IWD, and you are first on my list". I wondered whether it was a sort of penance! Anyhow, I spent the day wishing everyone Happy IWD, which led to fun reactions all around.

Happy IWD!

[User Picture]From: suze2000
2011-03-09 06:46 am (UTC)
Argh! Madden. Buffoon doesn't begin to cover it. If this was a locked entry I might use words like "dodgy" or worse. My low opinion of him is only exceeded by Tony Abbott, who has not one redeeming feature IMO (I've had a hate-on for him since he was made Minister for Health at the start of the Howard era).

Good to hear BIB is doing well - I'm excited for you and him, so much ahead of him, and not yet had idealism stripped away. I remember that age well.
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[User Picture]From: caraway_
2011-03-10 04:14 am (UTC)
Yes, he is an idealist, and so (sometimes) am I.

Justin Madden seemed a likeable enough fellow, but yeah, none too bright and quite possibly ethically challenged. Tony Abbott also seems okay on a one on one basis, but quite possibly evil or at least hateful in many of his beliefs.
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