Back in DC for a spot of work… Flew here on Day One of the Federal government shutdown. Not that you’d know if from the traffic coming in from Dulles at rush hour.
I sat next to a lobbyist on the flight. He’s with a bank, trying to get some proposed Dodd-Frank reporting requirements watered down. He fell asleep, woke with a start, bumped into me. Said he was dreaming about his golf swing. Said he wiffed it.
The Indian waiter recommended the Rhone he sold me to the table of tourists from the PRC, lugging their Nieman Marcus booty around. DC might be the nation’s capital, but even (or perhaps especially) two blocks from the White House, it is crazy cosmopolitan…
The humidity of a DC summer is gone, but its still warm enough to stay dine outside. October 1, 2013, Washington DC. A beautiful night.
Thanks to everyone at TEDx Sydney for letting me be part of an amazing event. The organization of the event was terrific, the production value and support absolutely sumptuous (the Sydney Opera House!).
Edwina Throsby (my producer) and I had been bouncing ideas and drafts around for a couple of months; Gretel Killeen joined Edwina in knocking the talk into shape during rehearsals.
My thanks to David Broockman and Chris Skovron for letting me use their same-sex marriage example.
On summer spells back in Australia I like to practice the wonderful art of bod-surfing, sometimes augmented by a handboard. I own a beautiful hand-crafted wooden handboard called a Pod, that I bought in Sydney many moons ago (at either Gowings or the Remo General Store, I forget).
Anyway, we just got back from a very relaxing week in Southern California, staying with friends in Venice. I had two awesome days of body-surfing and boogie-boarding, and got inspired to go chasing a new Pod.
To my delight, you can still get them, over the web. The maker, Shane Vassallo, even emailed me after I placed my order:
Yes I only handcraft what I have time over winter, however this is the first batch I have made in over 5-6 years, I have selected a nice board for you good weight around 420 grams and nice grain, board number 519
These things are wicked when you pick up the right kind of wave. Here is some YouTube video (not featuring a Pod), with some nice waves off La Jolla (very body-surf friendly breaks there).