The lunch was a good one. I met a number of friends of my parents, some of whom were younger than I am, and the weather was lovely. They were very nice people, all of whom I'd happily see again, but because there were 8 of us, I felt slightly awkward in initiating any of the conversations myself. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't disparaged dissertation topics in general as being obscure, since doing so is bad advertising for my own topic. On the other hand, I did it because the hostess was trying to find a common subject of conversation between me and the grandchildren, and personally, I'd forgive any person under those circumstances for failing to find a point of interest with something like a dissertation topic. Anyways, I'll try to be more self-promoting in the future. I don't want this to be a precendent.
My parents had never seen - or heard of - High Fidelity. They hadn't heard of it because it came out during the last sabbatical year, about the time they were in Japan or India. Anyways, it's still a novelty for all of us to be able to watch videos, which we can all now do thanks to having computers with DVD drives. (No tv, and I'm happy that way). So that was this evening.
One last comment, on food. Fresh, ripe, locally grown tomatoes make for wondefully decadent food. This batch was particularly good.