We spent last night with a gaggle of The Frenchman’s friends. It’s always exhausting for me, even though I’m understanding more and more of the conversations. Still, not enough to participate fully. Fortunately, he has some very sweet friends who spend the time to try and talk with me. I’m not entirely bothered by it because it’s sort of a game to try and distill words, then to analyze the intonation and gestures of the speaker. You can tell a great deal about a person without their words.

We will now lose Internet access for a few days. The baby Mithras wishes everyone has a splendid holiday and much holiday debauchery!