Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 31st, 2012 … on laughter-silvered wings*

Those of you who have known me for a while knew, perhaps feared, that this day would come. To those uninterested in aviation, I hope you will rejoin me tomorrow by which time I may have returned to Earth. The … Continue reading

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July 30, 2012 … the cradle of the civil war*

Yesterday was different. Some very kind friends (from the days of Usenet groups,, and the old WYSIWYG News) took us out into the Virginia countryside. They had asked what we would like to see. I suggested that it would … Continue reading

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July 29, 2012 … sightseeing in the capital

Retail therapy is not in our vocabulary. Indeed, with the exception of camera shops, I personally regard retail therapy as an oxymoron.  Nevertheless we needed to do some shopping yesterday and strolled over the bridge to Georgetown.  This is a … Continue reading

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July 28, 2012 … each person treated with respect

Trial and error means that those who make errors are put on trial. To some extent, reliance on memories of my last visit to Washington (in 2000) led me astray, and Washington’s overwhelming heat carried out the sentence. But before … Continue reading

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July 27, 2012 … at the centre of things

Transitions can be stressful. Our journey from New Orleans to Washington began badly when we learned that the shuttle service had not actioned the discussion we had the previous day about moving the pickup time forward an hour to match … Continue reading

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July 26, 2012 … weighing in, in the bronze corner

This will be a short post because today got out of hand. We got an email yesterday from Delta to tell us that they had moved the departure time forward, so we were waiting for the airport shuttle at 6:30 … Continue reading

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July 25, 2012 … farewell to the bayou

The very word “swamp” has a dismal connotations. My preconceptions were of gloom, mud, gas, frogs and reptiles. Well some of those are true, but it never occurred to me that they could come together in such a beautiful package. … Continue reading

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July 24, 2012 … alligators and egrets

Great shrouds of Spanish moss, cool shaded trees, deep dark water, snowy white egrets, and cold dispassionate eyes peering up through the weed assessing your value as a potential meal. Oh how magical are the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. … Continue reading

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July 23, 2012 … it’s hard work having fun

Somehow, I feel I am not the target demographic for the City of New Orleans. This is a party town. It  is food and booze, and even the most respectable of institutions carry unsubtle advertisements for “gentlemen’s clubs”. I don’t … Continue reading

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July 22. 2012 … in a different land

Louisiana is different. Or at least New Orleans is. Humidity seemed so high when we arrived, you could cut chunks off it with a knife.  Our departure from Denver was uneventful, and the much discussed security processes, while tedious, were … Continue reading

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