I spent an enjoyable Wednesday afternoon chatting with W. Max Corden, one of Australia's eminent economists, at University House, University of Melbourne.
I've known Max for quite a few years and enjoy his company and intelligence. He is writing a paper on the US current account but our discussions covered the war in Iraq, the AWB, Melbourne's architectural history, US and Chinese productivity growth and Australian immigration policy. I walked off into the evening feeling that I am, despite my occasional grizzles, lucky to be an academic pursuing my research interests and having colleagues like Max to talk to. It just isn't 'work' in a conventional sense. If you want a sample of Max's intelligence I recommend this.
The Easter weekend is coming up. I won't be going to church but I will head north of Melbourne to Puckapunyal and not to join the army. I am going there to look for a pair of barking owls (ninox connivens) that live on the military base there. As a recreational birdwatcher this is a species I have never seen - a new 'tick' would be a buzz.
Yeah, its not dramatic but neither is life outside airport fiction and Hollywood. I am set for a good Easter break and hope you are too. As usual if you have views on my blog please voice them here.