Radio and Italy tomorrow!
By Robin Abrahams
I'll be on WCRN (830 AM) tomorrow at 9:35 a.m. (STATION is 830 AM, TIME is 9:35 a.m.) to discuss Halloween etiquette and whatever else they throw at me! Hope you can tune in.
In the afternoon, Mr. Improbable and I depart for Italy, where he will be speaking at the Genoa Science Festival (so blogging will be light for the next week). The Festival offers speakers the choice of being put up in a hotel or staying with an Italian family. Mr. Improbable chose the latter. These are the reactions I got from two friends when I told them about this:
Friend 1 (face lights up): That's so cool! So you can see the inside of a real Italian house and make friends!
Friend 2 (looks at me as though I have gone suddenly and spectacularly insane): Why are you doing this? Why do you want to have forced social interaction with people whom you may not even like?
Friend 2 isn't a misanthrope by any means. Both men are two of the friendliest, kindest, most open-hearted and generous people I know. And their reactions would be utterly incomprehensible to each other. I love it.
Diversity. It's more than skin deep.