Twenty-some days to go.
If all goes as planned, Claudia will go into the hospital about three weeks from now, have a planned C-section, and be out in a few days. The boys will be on summer vacation then: in Germany, it's about six weeks long, and goes from the end of July to early September. So, a busy time. I'm stocking up on superhero cartoon DVDs.
Work, hum. I just finished the report on the draft Jordanian company law. This was surprisingly hard to write. It ended up being very very short -- around 20 single-spaced pages. By the standards of international consulting reports, this is like... I don't know, a Twitter post or something.
Basically the problem is that the draft law looks fine. There are only a couple of major problems with it, and they're really easy to describe and fix. I'm in the position of the car mechanic who says "it was a loose wire, and I did an oil change while I was in there. Otherwise, you're good." This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I mean, international comparative commercial lawyers aren't cheap, so you don't usually retain one unless you strongly suspect there's going to be a problem.
Okay, I have a notion of why this happened in Jordan, but it treads near the edges of what it's professionally appropriate to discuss. Let's say I don't expect it to happen again very soon.
I have one other short-term assignment on deck: Burundi, for two weeks -- late August and early September. Yes, the Burundi in Africa. Yes, that will involve leaving my post-op wife with a new baby and three little boys. Yes, we've discussed this. We're neither of us delighted, but work is work and we can't really pick when it comes. So, Burundi.
Otherwise, the weather is fine, and I'm seeing a lot of my little boys.
(Noel is grumbling about machines. I have a post in mind about that, though it may not exactly answer his question. Give me a day or two.)