Monthly Archives: October 2016

Memories of my father and the Civilian Conservation Corps

My father’s CCC records came in the mail today. I didn’t learn too much but what I learned was interesting and it was interesting to see a facsimile of the originals that he held and signed. He was seventeen years … Continue reading

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October forest visit 2

A few more forest visit photos. My longleaf is first. Next is my now customary photo from exit 104. Last is the pump. I have become a little obsessive about filling up. I have to get to a significant historical … Continue reading

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October farms visit

Went down to the farms today and took a few photos, probably that last of this growing season. Alex came along. We spent a lot of time cutting vines. My first photo shows a couple of my bigger longleaf pines. … Continue reading

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My quarterly contribution to “Virginia Forests” magazine

My quarterly contribution to “Virginia Forests” magazine. Forests are changing and so is who owns them If it seems like forest land ownership is dominated by people at or near retirement, that is because it is. While most Virginia landowners … Continue reading

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Civil service

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/05/washingtons-governing-elite-actually-think-americans-are-morons/?hpid=hp_local-news_wonkblog-1145am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory As a career FSO, I became “elite” when I passed the test. I came from a working-class background, but my career choice made me different. There is no way around this. In order to do my job well, I … Continue reading

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Dogs & men

For Mariza Matel – they have a statue of Boomer at Vatican Museum. Who knew? The other picture is Apollo that was nearby. This is the most famous Apollo statue, thought to embody perfection. Looks okay.

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Coming home

Travel is great and so is coming home. The flight back was tight, with almost zero leg room. The flight over was much better. Bigger plane. The plus side of being stuck on a plane for a long time is … Continue reading

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Ostia Antica

Ostia used to be the port of Rome and it used to be at the mouth of the Tiber River. I say “used to be” because it is neither today. The Tiber River moved after a big flood and silting … Continue reading

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Ostia rain

We enjoyed wonderful weather for the whole trip, except for a little rain yesterday and a lot of rain today. We visited Ostia Antica today. It was worth the visit. The rain was not as pleasant, but it did thin … Continue reading

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Italian food

We stayed at the Ostia Antica Park Hotel. It is about as near to Ostia Antica as you can get and it looks walkable on the map. It is walkable. You just cannot walk in safety or comfort, since you … Continue reading

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