Ancient News

Ancient news, or olds, of David. I haven't really been keeping this up lately, as measured in years. Friends and family can catch up with me on my Facebook page.

July 2007: I'm in Washingtonian Magazine!

Page 62 of the July, 2007 issue of WASHINGTONIAN magazine: it's all mine, baby! Gary Landsman took the picture and Robin Gerber wrote the article. They started planning this in 2003, they took the pictures in 2005, and now it came out in 2007. Not available online, maybe you can find it on Ebay or in your granny's attic. However, if you go to Gary Landsman's professional site, and click on "People, Mostly", I might still be there.

April 2007: Cherry Tree Down

Our old cherry tree fell in a storm, and we had it removed. Breathless commentary as the disaster was unfolding.

August 2005: Wilson Class of 1975 Reunion

Wilson Class of 1975 Reunion in Long Beach, California. A full portal site with all the trimmings from Free registration required.

Simple Wilson Class of 1975 Reunion info page, no registration.

So, how was it? My wife requested that I not attend, so I spent the day at home, on the other coast.

August 2005: 50th Wedding Anniversary of Uncle Ray and Aunt Eunice

In Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

October 2004: 50th Wedding Anniversary of My Parents

I attended my parents' 50th wedding anniversary in Long Beach, California. Staying married for half a century is not a passive act. It takes sustained commitment, and I salute them.

September 1999: Vacation in England.

Linda and I had a wonderful time in England. My wife Linda has a mania for print rooms, and boy did we see a lot of them. Starting in Hampshire, we saw print rooms in two beautiful estates, Stratfield Saye and The Vine. We spent the first night in the Hampshire countryside; at a pub for dinner, we met the game warden, who was three sheets to the wind. He explained that the pheasant we were eating was shot on the vast estate of his lord Viscount FitzHarris. Indeed, the pub, the village, and all the surrounding area were part of the estate. The pheasant was tough and tasted terrible.

Our next stop was the ancient college town of Cambridge, which bridges the river Cam (hence the name). There, I engaged in the romantic idyll of punting on the Cam with my wife. (See photos!) It was interesting to see so many elaborate Gothic buildings that were not churches. We made a side trip to the Norman cathedral of Ely, before toddling off to the Cotswolds. Along the way, we had tea at Banbury Cross.

Our home base in the Cotswolds was the Regency period town of Cheltenham. We visited the much older, charming little villages in this wool producing area, where not much has changed in 500 years. We saw Broadway, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water, Snowshill, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Painswick. In Cheltenham itself, we attended a performance of Verdi's opera, La Traviata, by a traveling regional company. We had breakfast with the tenor each morning, at our B&B. It rained a lot of the time, but our reward was the evanescent luster of rainbows. We saw four -- three were double rainbows. We stopped our car to see one rainbow, and under it were two Gypsy carts hidden in the shrubbery, with their little horses grazing on the motorway right-of-way.

Next, we went on to Bath, the Georgian spa town of honey-colored stone. We made a side trip to Wells Cathedral, with its unique scissors vaults, and the old worn steps that lead up to the octagonal Chapter House and the bridge to the Vicar's Close. After a stop to see Avesbury, the prehistoric site of standing stones (like Stonehenge), we ended our journey in London.

There I spent a day in the British Museum, saw the very interesting Sir John Soane's Museum, and ran a couple of errands that I could only do in London. I went to the oldest hatters in London, James Lock & Co. Founded in 1676, they invented the bowler in 1850. I was fitted for a collapsible opera hat (size 7 1/2); I very much wanted to buy it, but although I was given their best price (about $1200), I found myself unable to pay. I made an heraldic inquiry at the College of Arms, which involved a substantive discussion with a genuine Herald. In London, we saw excellent productions of Orpheo and The Pajama Game.
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