No, just a long-time friend, she is very sweet but her politics are out to lunch. Case in point she is currently in Nicaragua building schools for geurillas or something.

Fun fact: I am embarrassingly drunk in this picture. It was a dinner at an academic conference. I already had two double scotches at the cash bar and when I ordered a bottle of wine for my table as kind gesture, nobody else wanted any. It was an awkward trip home when one of the experts in my field decided to hop on the same bus as me.

"...for who are so free as the sons of the waves?"