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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I spent my last day and night in the US with Nancy and her family. I met her for the first time at EPIC, and although we didn't get the chance to sit together much, we shared some open space outside, and blogged the conference too.

It was lovely being with her .. Nancy just exudes energy ! And she cooks so well. We had a fabulous spread - roast pork, rissotto (yes I will remember Superfino Arborio rice Nancy), salad and the yummiest pumpkin pie with pumpkin icecream, which I couldn't resist dipping into right before I left the next day again. Needless to say, although there was so much on the table, no leftovers !

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And chocolates at my bedside, with a bottle of yummy dark chocolate sauce to take home, to top it all !

The next day, she took me on a drive around of her city - to the lake and park, to Fremont which had a neat arty-boutiquey feel to it, the troll, and a statue of Lenin.

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I also was delighted to go with her to an alternative school where there was a lunch meeting for the students, with two ladies from Microsoft and Nancy, giving them an insight into lives of women in technology. This was run by Cathi from Ignite. I thoought it was particularly inspiring for the kids to learn from the experiences of one of the guests there, who is an executive with Microsoft and was a teen mom herself.

And most of all, like I told Nancy, though I wasn't really communicative while at her place, I really felt at home with her and her family. Thanks Nancy, Larry and Chris for welcoming me with your warmth.

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