One of the interesting things that happened to me while I was away, was the following...
I was at a wonderful art gallery opening, a private showing one evening, for a fiber artist named Artemis.
She is from Lichtenstein, by way of Greece and Paris before that. She still has a French accent.
Her monumental weavings are abstract, beautiful, expensive and unique.
At this show, I met the Lichtenstein Ambassador to the US, as well as Honorary consuls to the US from Peru and another from somewhere else.
I also talked with another guest, former US Senator from Oregon, Bob Packwood.
He and I talked about the US Presidential race with a Washington, DC lobbyist who is also a former Lichtenstein representative (from before they had an Ambassador.)
Senator Packwood's analysis of the Democratic race was really interesting.
He said that a lot of people are looking at the possibility of a Hillary/Barack ticket because of the way the two could combine their positives, but the most people do not recognize that ticket would carry more weight with their combined negatives.
He also thinks it will play out with some interest, as Florida and Michigan try to come to terms with either a way to have a voice, or with a resignation to having no voice.
It was a lot of fun to talk politics during a Presidential election with an intelligent, very experienced, retired powerful US Senator.
I haven't had that opportunity before.
And he is a really nice, polite guy as well.
He is a little shorter than you would think, but very stylish and dapper, and extremely well spoken.