Sunday, February 22, 2009
I've been out skiing at Hammond Hill this week during my vacation and took Bean three times, twice for three-hour tours and once for just over an hour. Gail made a nice rig for us to hook him up after he broke my belt loops and then my belt. You can see the lead that he's got it taut most of the time, going up hill or down, and in the last shot I'm going down a decent hill and pushing vigorously to keep up with him.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This morning I was lucky to be here for sunrise, where, on the Monday of our February break of 2006, I spent the morning with Connie O'Brien making this trail on the compound up on McGrath Rd. We called it "The Lee Highway" after Lee Strebel, 15 years old, who had died the previous Friday while cracking a joke during chorus class just before vacation was to begin.
This is a cairn at the end of the Lee Highway. I made this one on Easter of 2003. Just a perfect morning to be out in Caroline remembering Lee. He was really into classic rock and on Feb. 17 of 2006 I was helping him study for a test on the Middle East. To help him remember Abraham was the founder of Judaism I sang "Highway 61 Revisited" and he said he'd have to check Dylan out more. Make sure you don't wait too long.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Mary Ellen and I took a trip to our mom's house for the anniversary of our dad's death. It's hard to believe it's been a year already, harder to believe there was no snow last year.
Legend has it Dad will come back every year on Ground Hog Day (the day he died), and if he sees his shadow the Bills will win the next Super Bowl and the Cubs the World Series.
Tammy and Howard were more than ready to leave for Costa Rica. The door was drifted over that morning and a farmhand came by just in time to save Howard from climbing out the window to shovel the drift away. Howard claimed they are standing next to all the baggage they were going to take for a five-week trip, but he's never taken as little as that for a trip to the store.
Robbie and Kathleen decided the day was just too special to not share it. Here's to more family visitors at IHS to make it feel like a more welcoming place to work and learn. There's no truth to the rumor around school that hugging Becca is how Armin separated his shoulder. I think Becca did suffer a dislocated jaw though.