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James : Did you attend the lecture? Any word on Washington?

Me : No lectures or visas unfortunately. Still waiting.

James : *nods* Is there a preliminary prognosis?

Me : It is “abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
(Inscribed above the gates of hell, in Dante’s Divine Comedy)

James: One does not simply walk into Mordor….
(Boromir, at the Council of Elrond, in the Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Thank you James, for finding a way to make me laugh even at this point.

I’m abundantly grateful.