Claremont is lovely. My job is fabulous. My students are wonderful.
But I can’t wait to get the heck out of here.
Summer plans are consolidating, and here’s the schedule thus far:
May 16 – May 30: DC
May 30 – June 2: Baton Rouge*
June 2 – June 7: DC
June 7 – June 16: Claremont
June 16 – June 20: Baton Rouge**
June 20 – July 10: Claremont
July 10 – July 15: Vermont***
July 15 – July 23: Rome****
July 23 – sometime in August: Claremont*****
Ah, frequent flyer miles…
* A quick trip to see my pal Marcus, who will be this side of the pond for a bit, to hang and open a show at the gallery where I used to work back in the day.
** Another quick trip, this time to attend my 21-year high school reunion. It says something about my class, no doubt, that we couldn’t get it together to have a 20-year reunion — but of course I’m not one of those people trying to figure out where on earth everybody went, and how to persuade them to come back. A job I don’t envy.
*** This one’s for a workshop that I’m hoping to attend. Alas, my attendance will depend on the cooperation of Continental Airlines, with whom I already have a ticket leaving for Rome on the 15th from the west coast. I’m hoping to wrangle a small change (and then convince the workshop organizers to cover it).
**** A significant-birthday present for my mother, from me and my sister. Our stepfather is coming, too. I spent a summer in Italy right after I graduated from college, seventeen years ago, and haven’t been back since; this one ought to be great.
***** There is the possibility of one more big August trip, but this one has not been finalized yet…