Can I blog from London?

I was a timid child. My earliest memory is of the fear of being pulled down to the depths by the swirling water exiting the bath tub drain. That timidity resulted in living the last 67 years with little spontaneity. Today, I will do something very much out of character.

Our son Keller is speaking in London at a scientific conference. On the spur of the moment, I decided to fly to the UK and hear his presentation. So, off I go to today, returning next Friday.

Can I blog from London? I don’t know, but we shall see. And, by the way, wish me luck finding my connecting train in Paddington!

Photo credit: The main platforms of the Paddington rail station in London, UK per Wikimedia Commons license.

Photo credit: The main platforms of the Paddington rail station in London, UK per Wikimedia Commons license.


PS Thanks to Eric Hines for the idea. He planted the seed in a blog comment. I particularly thank him for his kindness.

9 responses

  1. Good on you, Judge. You can’t get yesterday back, but you can shape tomorrow.

    You should be able to blog from there–just be careful: mostly, it’ll be a public WiFi connection, with little security; the Brits aren’t any better at that than we are.

    And don’t hesitate to ask directions in Paddington. The officials there, and the natives, speak with funny accents and odd diction, but it’s still English.

    If you drive, heads up with an obvious reminder: the Brits live their leftiness–they drive on the other side of the road. Makes parallel parking interesting, too.

    If you’ve the time, try to get over to the Victoria and Albert Museum, too. It has nothing to do with law or politics (no need for a busman’s holiday); it’s all art and design and architecture. And books and jewelry. And cast-iron furniture. And….

    And enjoy the trip.

    Eric Hines

  2. Have a wonderful trip. I know your son will be pleased that you will attend his presentation. It will be interesting to hear how much of the presentation you understand. I assume you will not share much of your legal wisdom with him and will just enjoy the adventure! Elaine Mittleman

  3. Elaine, thanks very much. You are right. I am not likely to understand squat. Fun anyway. All the best . Rgk

  4. I think it’s really interesting that you describe yourself as having been timid and leading a life lacking in spontaneity, yet your children seem to be very adventuresome, living scattered around the world and pursuing careers that are out of the ordinary. Did you encourage them to follow their dreams and take chances, or were they naturally inclined that way? I’m really curious, because I see myself as rather restrained, not living the adventuresome life I would have liked to, because I was afraid. My older child is just going off to college. I hope my kids will be brave enough to follow their dreams wherever they might lead and that I can support them without putting my own fears off onto them.

  5. Truly, I have no idea how two of the three kids got so adventuresome. Our oldest, the Divine Miss M., as described in an an earlier post, is much more like me than her siblings when it comes to risk or international travel. My only guess is that the two kids who are living overseas got their risk taking genes from their late mother who was always up for an adventure. She was a French teacher too, so maybe her comfort with and for other cultures rubbed off. But, these are just guesses.

    All the best.


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