Do you ever get the feeling that your presence holds everything together, and that if you leave it’ll all collapse? This feeling almost never reflects reality, and if you get it frequently and think it’s true, it’s probably often sign of a narcissistic personality disorder.
That being said, I left the US on Monday, and in the subsequent 5 days the entire country seems to have done nothing but get itself into trouble. I’m not saying that if I stayed in the US that the debt limit crisis would have played out differently, or that the stock markets wouldn’t have fallen almost 5% in a day, or that the S&P wouldn’t have downgraded the US government credit rating for the first time in history… but the timing is interesting, isn’t it?
I’m currently in Hawthorn, which is a suburb very close to Melbourne, Australia, to begin my postdoc position at Swinburne University of Technology. Leaving the 100+ degree weather of Texas for the mid 50’s and rainy (today at least) Melbourne winter has been quite a jolt, but I think I’m really going to like living here.
I’ll provide more updates in the near future as I find housing and get settled!