orienteering 29:30  1.7 mi (17:21 / mi) +168ft 15:52 / mi
Went to the Ansonia NRE. Totally enjoyable.
-- Excellent company: picked up Julia, Phil, and Steve for the drive down, couldn't ask for better. On the way back it was just the three old guys as Julia had ditched us, opting to stay in the area and do tomorrow's O' too. Nevertheless the conversation was still dignified. (I remember the CSU trip to the Tiomila a few years back. On the way back to Uppsala we swung by some out-of-the-way airport to drop off Ali. The van being now occupied just by males, all except for me rather young males, the conversation quickly went to hell, with Ian being the clear leader, he perhaps being the fewest years removed from high school....)
-- And good social hanging out at the event, both pre- and post-. My only fail (I think) was being introduced by Niels to a fellow named Danny and drawing a blank on who Danny might be, when, in fact, it was a person I'd been interested in meeting. Namely Danny O'Callaghan. Never met him before, know hardly anything about him. But a couple of months ago when the SML was at Big Basin in the redwood forests, when I was trying to see how the event was going and info was really hard to come by, I stumbled on his AP log and it was great. I saw he was on the list of those planning to be at Ansonia today. But this was a couple of days ago, and my memory just sometimes sucks.
-- And also a pleasure to see Barney and his family, though Barney totally ignored me, notwithstanding the fact that we have a history together. And Janet, who it seems has been the OUSA web-mistress for 15 years if I remember correctly. And George and Lynn, who I haven't seen for a while. And had a longish chat with Bill Duncan about his O' skills and occasionally lack thereof. And a few others.
-- Oh, and a bit of orienteering myself, very satisfyingly only 29.5 minutes of it, as I hustled my old body around the Brown course quite successfully, even running a fair bit, though rarely for more than 30 or 40 yards at a time. The woods are lovely, the course was an appropriate length and challenge (thanks, Joe), and I took only one fall, quite minimal, no apparent damage.
Were I to complain about anything it would be that 28.5 minutes would have been even more satisfying, but then most of the trip home would have had to be spent consoling Phil, so the actual outcome was surely for the best.