K. took A. out to celebrate her dissertation defense and I came too. We talked about what everybody said and what it feels like to be done with something like that, how it takes awhile to make itself real, and about Dancing With the Stars. The waitstaff at Zingerman’s are trained to be super-smiley and solicitous, apparently, and it really showed when they brought dessert, Congratulations spelled out in icing, on the house.

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