Posts Tagged ‘Fripp Island’

Holidays In The November Sun

24 Nov


Memory Cache


Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 3:29 PM

Sorry for the delay with the 4th picture, but I have Anna. That should say it all.

Please, please come on down to Fripp and be with this part of your family for Thanksgiving. We would LOVE it. You answered before I had a chance to ask if you could ride as far as I-95 with Sue, now I know she has already left, but come on down—nothing like impromptu fun and food together.

Love and Happy Thanksgiving to you, hope it is here!

Thanks Maude for identifying those folks. It means a lot that you're helping me on this. I trust you've seen the fourth picture in the batch, and didn't quit prematurely. I haven't received any mail on that one. There are three clarifications I need. The two white hairs tic tac toeing Kitty, and Mr. Mayfield's first name...actually Francis is on the left. Is that Beth on the right? Current last names? As for copies, give me some time, and I'll have reproduce some of the best shots and make a gift of them to you, please. My photos are all so much in gross disorder at this moment, but 1999 should finally bring me some peace in that area. They are all packed away in 11 beautiful photo boxes years and themes all mixed together without rhyme or reason, except for the some more recent stacks I've now LABELED AND SCANNED (did some of THAT while on Fripp) not even in a box yet but stacked along the shelf waiting for a box to empty so they can move in! About ten percent of my archives have been labeled but probably only a tenth of that have been also scanned, so no doubt I've got my work cut out for me.

At my word, I'll make you some nifty enlargements, but you know the web (and a CD-ROM) is where I'm taking all this, God willing. When that time arrives, when the bulk of my work is online, it will be very exciting to have the scattered family come together for community spirit with pictures and other resources on ourselves so that we can indeed once again KNOW that we are FAM-uh-LEE...(my own acute sense of post-boyhood alienation is speaking here).

Saw the gastroenterologist today. She was helpful and encouraging. Next Monday I have blood work and small bowel x-rays to help weed out the possibilities causing my distress. In all, she seemed confident we can address these without alarm. My vitals are still pretty good, despite the weight. I'll let you know more as news filters in through the chain of command.

How are you two feeling these days? Sue's now in Georgia. I'm catching up on work now that we are FINALLY past the connectivity issues I hope. Would trade diamonds to be on Fripp with the most delightful nest of my family for another sublime share of David & Maudie's famous lowlander hospitality, but as it is I will entertain an acquaintance and his new girl on Thanksgiving here at the Dollhouse.

So here's wishing all of you a splendid holiday, wherever you are.

Love and cranberries,


Hey Bob, Playing It By Ear, By A Nose, It's Birthday Bash

08 Sep


My Marilyn Monroe Birthday


Originally published Sept 8 1998

Trust you guys had a fab four days along the you know we will be leaving for eight or nine days next Friday evening after Sue gets off work. I was hoping you or Allie might grab our mail during our absence. We're expecting a few checks to arrive. Peter's schedule is no help at all. He will be in Chicago the first four days we are gone. Then he works evenings, is sort of forgetful on matters which don't fit his "professorial" routine, et cetera...

Also the ladder might be safer in your basement. Let me know if you can help me in this regard. Otherwise I'll make other arrangements. Look forward to hearing your seaside tales, that is if I can hear. I go again to the ENT this afternoon. The infection is still hanging on, even worsening yesterday to such a degree I popped another Tylenol-3 last night. Last week the doctor refilled my prescription, but the infection seems to be maintaining the upper hand. Oh well, playing it by ear. Looks like the weather is shooting us some better days, so that's a relief. More later.

Just a minor config error I found immediately after Maria got out of my hair. God, she doesn't know when to stop...

Originally published Sept 25 1998

Hey Baby, for the birthday bash, you can print this out, or tell folks where to go to print it out for themselves. Direct your favorite browser to: and click on the zip code 20003 to take you to for the arrival map & directions, or for the departure map & directions.

The beer keg is ordered. Digex never called. Bracken with Milun Chow & Tim plus a three hour Peter (5-8) have confirmed their appearances. Bracken will bring veggies. Neither Peter nor Tim reponded to that portion of the email invitation. Bards of a feather I presume...

You left the grocerylist, so I may get snappy & make the Safeway run myself. Love sweetie.

Susanne, you & Hank are invited over to the DH for drinks & grillwerks around fivish on Saturday the 26th if you can manage it. We're grilling wingz & stuffing tacos, keg on tap et cetera. Everybody else is bringing a dish of one sort or another, so be sure to bring your sassy Baltimore swivel...oh no, you just got back from Cape Canaveral last night and this weekend is the Fells Point Festival? Scratch. Top shelf friends, I've got. Makes me question if blood is thicker than spit...

In my tepid world the "feast of friends" is just as much a wash as the common, oh, all too common "giant family" dysfunction I also experience on most fronts. Jim Morrison failed to factor in business interests and how much a restorative Pamela kept his friends around when he made his famous observation.



"Ignorance and virtue suck on the same straw. Souls grow on bones, but die beneath bankers' hours.""