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Susan’s belated, misplaced post

November 3rd, 2011 by Susan Oyama

Friends, what follows is something that I, in my newbie ignorance, thought I was posting to the Summer School site, right after I returned to NY after our meetings. Apparently the posting didn’t come here but instead went on the eSMCs Facebook page. I’m going to try to post it here, though I don’t know what I’m doing; in addition to a belated communication to the group, it functions as a test for me. If it works, perhaps we could use this space as a way of continuing and opening up some of the email conversations I’ve been having with several of you.

Anyhow, this is what I said just after the Summer School:


This was just terrific. The amount of attention and thought that went into the summer school was palpable, and the stimulation and enjoyment people are talking about are only part of the payoff. I’m sure I’m not alone in having felt well taken care of, from the broad outlines of the schedule to my idiosyncratic and transitory (though sometimes recurring) needs (where are my shoes? are you going back to the Miramar? which way is the meeting room/cafe/door/other meeting room/hotel/beach?)

To those I didn’t say goodbye to: I’m so sorry to have left the club so abruptly on Friday night, with conversations hanging and questions unasked/unanswered. I had to make a quick decision to return to the hotel with other people, was realizing how exhausted I was, and couldn’t think of a way to take my leave of you all without holding everything up. The next morning I left for Bilbao, so please take this as a heartfelt apology for my clumsy disappearance. And of course I didn’t see some of you at all after the last session. Let’s continue via email, OK?

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