Monday, November 30, 2015

New Mountains to Climb

"You have had your joke, and alarmed or offended most of your relations, and given the whole Shire something to talk about for nine days, or ninety-nine more likely.  Are you going any further?"

"Yes, I am.  I feel I need a holiday.  a very long holiday, as I have told you before.  Probably a permanent holiday; I don't expect I shall return.  In fact, I don't mean to, and I have made all the arrangements."

"I am old, Gandalf.  I don't look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts.  Well-preserved indeed!' he snorted. 'Why I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean:  like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.  That can't be right.  I need a change, or something."

"Gandalf looked curiously and closely at him. 'No, it does not seem right,' he said thoughtfully.  'No, after all I believe your plan is probably the best.'"

"'Well, I've made up my mind, anyway.  I want to see mountains again, Gandalf-mountains"


wynne said...

Are you ready to retire? Sounds like those mountains and digs are beckoning..

The Old Man said...

Whose going to train the nascent Susan Calvins?

Tacitus2 said...


I am taking several months off to, among other things, teach robotics on a high school level. Got the training of nascent roboteers covered.


Many things beckon. I am not ignoring them. Of course, people keep bugging me to work in various other places. Stay tuned.