Don’t worry, the drought is a hoax. But, it’s a hot summer and the lack of rain has dried up the posts to this journal. Thanks for all the emails requesting new material. Since the Reubens, we’ve been busy, but no interesting excuses for my lapses here. I’ve just been doing other things.
We had a wonderful trip to Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. What a wonderful corner of our country. Our national parks, as I and many others have said before, are a treasure. So well-maintained and managed, “Thank you National Park Service for generations before and ahead.”
June and July – we spent a week in northwest Wyoming (after visiting LA and the Reubens in Las Vegas.) High points for me were trout fishing on the Firehole River, taunting mother grizzlies with cubs, tasting bubbling geo-thermal mud, and seeing the Alpinesque Grand Tetons. Flying in and out of Jackson Hole was a great choice.
Back in the DC area I was quickly engaged in family matters and catching up with friends. The book project for the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation and honoring colleague Richard Thompson was released and I attended my first book signing, autographing page 72 for a couple of hours. Finally met Mike Cavna.
The illustrations provided for Cynthia Drew’s book: “Where Do Missing Things Go?”, have made it to publication – soon to be available on Amazon. The “derecho” a widespread, long-lived wind storm that hit DC was a big deal and some friends needed A/C. Glad we were able to help. Imagine, all that additional hot air in Washington? Like more ice in Alaska.
Following the presidential campaign? I’m thinking about better uses for the loot all those negative campaign ads are costing. Blech on both sides! Feeling older these days, slowing down, and grumpy sometimes. The beltway+ traffic has become numbing to this ex-DC commuter. “Run, run away.”
SAM is an angel, always supportive, I’m a lucky guy. She had a big wonderful gal-pal-and-daughters party to present her granddaughter and her daughter’s news. Son-in-law and I were excused and went to see the Alien prequel. Sam and I have a lot to be thankful for: health, family and friends. We don’t forget.
Increasingly, I’m appreciating critter stories like Rango, and the Ice Age and Madagascar series. Putting human personalities inside animals enhances the stereotype and allows more folks to identify with that character. Nothing really new there. Walt Disney was a genius.
For you seniors, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie is a good choice. For the rest of us there’s, Dark Knight Rises. Even though Rush Limbaugh brilliantly figured out the “Bane-Bain” connection. Rats.
Soon, we’re off to the beautiful Hudson River Valley.