being evoked by the scene in front of me. A certain boisterousness,
enjoying those minutes before the problems of the day start to
surface. A distinct giddiness at seeing each other and looking for
those opportunities to tease, joke and cajole. An innate respect about
who knows what: group questions about a location code and results from
a sporting event are immediately surrendered to the appropriate
resident experts - and each of them demonstrate why they have their
positions in the group. Underlying the social interaction are
efficient little motions setting the day in order. Lists checked,
logistics assessed, supplies stocked. The day will get started shortly
and someone will come along to throw stones in this pleasant pond.
They will have a problem, or an issue, or just BE an issue, and then
the joviality will slowly fade and the "real work" will start. But
eventually we will go away, and they will get to go home, and they
will look forward to tomorrow - when they will be able to see each
other again. They can try out those jokes that will occur to them
tonight. They can talk about the game and have another trivia question
for He Who Knows All Codes. They have that to look forward to.
What are you doing tomorrow?
I know my day won't start nearly as well.