Saturday, December 27, 2008


A lovely Christmas. I had all six of my children together for Christmas if only for a few hours. That gets harder to do every year and every occasion.

In less than an hour the taxi will be here to go to the airport and I am on the way to Jamaica again. By dinner time the cell phone will be off and I will be out of touch except for emergencies. No phones, no newspapers, no TV, no football or basketball. I expect to be home about Jan 21.

Happy New Year everyone. Ed or James will know where to find me.

A special shout out to Patrick, who had another emergency last night. Since I didn't hear more I assume he is doing better. The adventure continues!

Love to all,


Monday, December 22, 2008


Enough time has gone by since the election for me to begin to recover from the depression I sank into that I can try to get back to normal life.

I intend to devote the remainder of the time to solving the great unsolved mysteries of the universe.

The first one I intend to investigate is "WHERE DO ALL THE ONE MISSING SOCKS GO?"

When I was in the Navy and all the laundry was done in massive machines the size of a school bus, we all knew that the elusive one legged laundry man was stealing the odd socks for himself.
The seventeen year old high school dropouts who worked in the laundry were more than happy to let him take the socks if he would do most of the work and stay out of sight most of the time. That left them more time to remove at least one button from each officer's and chief's dress shirts each laundry day.

When I was retired from the Navy and my wife usually did the laundry I found out that she was merciless in discarding any worn sock without necessarily looking for its mate. Mystery solved!

Now I live alone and do all my own laundry and since I have a small machine, I do laundry almost every day. I still lose just one sock in a pair every so often. Who can figure? Is the peg leg laundry man still around? Is the ghost of my late wife still working to see that I replace my socks, and other clothing, before they are reduced to rags? Any ideas will be helpful.

I do not intend to spend a lot of time on each question. From time to time I will move on to other topics like, the significance of human existence or the nature of God or the uniqueness of the social bond in the former USA as it decays into the Socialist Peoples Republic of the Beltway.

On a more practical note, it is almost Christmas and as usual I have done almost nothing to prepare.

I am going to visit Peggy at the Richmond outpost for Christmas and then on Saturday I am going back to Jamaica for a few weeks. I don't travel with my computer so I don't know how regularly I will post, but I have learned to check and answer e-mail from the hotel computers.

I will probably have something to post in the next few days.