a good day

Breakfast with Peter the Rocket Scientist at Valentina; a visit to The Crucible in Oakland (with a looong detour through the blighted city when we got severely lost); molten iron!; lunch at Atlas; a cheerful afternoon in Leonard’s back yard, chatting about the Clark campaign and whether there is life on Europa or Titan.

There were two Chinese girls about Claire’s age in Atlas. The elder of the two asked “Are you Claire’s mother? Is she Chinese?” “Err… no…” “But she has such pretty eyes!”

Leonard, talking about vulcanism on Io, said: “The thing about Io is that it has this gravitational tidal effect from Jupiter… Okay, I just sounded like someone out of Star Trek.”

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