Sydney’s currently about ten minutes into his dissertation defense. He has not had much time to gather his thoughts and read through his materials in the past few days, so he’s going to have to rely on general intelligence and those years of research to back him up as he answers questions. Sydney’s advisors are currently spread over three continents, so there are a lot of technical issues to take care of; two advisors will be in the same room as Sydney, and two will be available by video (who would have thought you’d have Sydney in the same room as a videocamera?).
But we’re assuming things will go just fine. Sydney will return around four with his advisor and his advisor’s wife, so that they get a chance to see how much Katherine’s grown and enjoy some tea, and then we’ll be having dinner with the advisors and spouses in Sydney’s college later this evening.
I’m very proud of him, though I apparently have to keep it to myself if I don’t want to put up with a lot of eye-rolling from Sydney.