I picked up this hilarious book in the airport: The Daily Candy Lexicon: Words That Don't Exist but Should. It was written/compiled by a group of office workers, and is a list of funny invented words for things about Work, Love, Food, Shopping, Nightlife, Travel, etc. It's very Sex in the City. Here are a few examples from the Technology section:
E-mnesia: n. the condition of having sent or received an email and having no recollection of it whatsoever.
Laptopless: adj. Working on one's home computer while semi-clothed.
Mouse Potato: n. The wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
Phony Call: n. The call you make when you pray you'll get some one's voicemail.
Yellular: n. The loudness one adopts in response to a bad cellphone connection, in the misguided hope that talking louder will improve it.
I listened to Obama's amazing speech in Berlin while waiting for my flight. Pretty amazing stuff. Just hearing the German people cheer. It gave me chills. And made me proud to be an American for the first time in a long time.
Had a pretty easy flight home. The low clouds began evaporating around the north end of Vancouver Island, and so there was just gorgeous scenery the whole way down the coast and into Seattle: blue ocean, miles and miles of mountainous islands covered in forest, a maze of shimmering inlets and and rivers and streams, sailboats and ferries, the snow-capped Olympics in the distance. It really is a beautiful part of the country this time of year.
Now back to work in clinic today. I love getting away to poetry conferences and readings and such. But I always come back looking forward to seeing my patients again.