Well, I didn't publish anything about this, because I never really had any faith in it - but now that it's certainly off, I can speak.
For a while there I half-believed that this Star Wars thing was going to get me to Japan at the end of August. Took a week's leave, in case. Learned a bit of Japanese, in case.
Fortunately I never let it go from 'possibly' to 'probably', so I am not very disappointed - perhaps the people I mentioned it to will be more let down on my behalf. I told them my Pessimist is never let down, just proven right or pleasantly surprised...
And anyway, I have Paris to look forward to (Hooray!) working with someone I know, and like and trust (Hooray!)