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Sunlight, birthday

I am spending my birthday on a train. The weather is perfect, as clement as it has been for the last several days, but with more photogenically fluffy clouds. The land, in greens and yellows, glows in the basking sunlight.

The last thing I did the night before was to dance at a ceilidh, whirling exhausted around circles and lines with spirited historians of science. The first person to wish me happy birthday in person did so at 4 am, when the fire alarm went off in the halls ore residence. The first (& only so far) person to give me a present warmed the cockles of my heart by it: I barely knew her, but she immediately, upon learning it was my birthday, dug into her bag to offer me an ocean-smoothed stone from Aberdeen's beach, a piece of the city and its granite.

M. offered, or perhaps threatened, to arrange for a breakfast time choral rendition of the song I wrote for last year's BSHS song contest, a followup to yesterday's fabulous and performative Songs of Science session, which ended with a group singalong. Fortunately, M. refrained. Especially after the 4 am wakeup, most of us would not have quite been up for it.

I am traveling first class, which is civilized: free drinks and biscuits, table service for cooked meals, spacious seats, and ambient tranquility. Alas, I am again seated on the side of the train away from the ocean, and conveniently located for sun-based screen glare. Still, it is lovely out.

I am running low on Scotland, but there's still most of England to see today.

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taldragon
Jul. 25th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was.
the_lady_lily
Jul. 25th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Thank you!
del_c
Jul. 25th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
kukla_red
Jul. 25th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Happiest of Birthdays!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! Somewhat to my surprise, I think it may be in the running for it.
vschanoes
Jul. 25th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 25th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Many happy returns!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
desperance
Jul. 25th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
*waves as you pass by*

(You coulda stopped and got off. We coulda had dinner...)
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Next time I head your way or further north, I will try to remember to be in touch *before* I buy a totally non-flexible ticket.
non_trivial
Jul. 26th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
A belated happy birthday! I had to dash from the Songs of Science after the first talk, as Sarah shares her birthday with you, and I had to get to the airport to be back in time. A pity, as I'd like to have seen both Jeff's talk and the ceilidh.
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm relieved to know what happened to you, since first you were singing in the chorus, and then you weren't there at all. I did worry a bit that you might have felt unwell. Instead, you were off for a worthy cause.

I LOVED the Songs of Science session. We finished with a singalong which was good too.
genibane
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Happy (Belated) Birthday! :D
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