The good news: I won my argument with the county. We received a credit for almost $1,000 on our water/sewer/trash removal account covering all the overcharging for the past year. And, our bills are back in the normal-for-us range. The other good news is that the worst months of winter are nearly over and my fear of broken water pipes is receding.
Many years we have experienced a snowstorm on President’s Day. This year was no exception with 8 inches of the light powdery stuff falling inside the city center yesterday. Today, the early morning rain, then sun and 50+ degree weather melted the snow, so, I can get to the gym tomorrow.
David was a little stir crazy this morning so I sent him to the grocery store, where, he complained later, they were “out of everything, and had one checkout clerk.” None of his friends were at work. ” It’s not fun anymore,” he said.
Everyone knows David. All the women run up and hug and kiss him. It’s like I am not there when he is with me. Why are old guys, no matter how grumpy they are at home, viewed as lovable old duffers when they are out and about? My fault for marrying a sober extrovert.
Speaking of President’s Day, I read an article in the Washington Post about people who have challenged themselves to read at least one biography about each American president. These readers said the challenge gave them a greater appreciation and love of their country.
Over time, I’ve managed to read a number of presidential biographies, sometimes several about an individual like Lincoln or FDR, but I don’t know that I am curious enough, or care enough about all of them to read at least one biography about each one. More often than not, I read a history of a period in which the president looms large, such as All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward or To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of America’s Founders, by Bernard Bailyn.
I have also read a number of biographies about various U. K. Prime Ministers, including Thatcher and Churchill, about whom I wrote various research papers while working toward my history graduate degree.
Currently I am reading Jon Meacham’s Destiny and Power, about George Herbert Walker Bush, and it’s quite good, although its slow going because I am distracted by other things.
Below, a copy of the Sonogram photo (29 weeks) granddaughter Rita posted on Facebook and sent to Hayden’s dad, who is currently serving with the U.S. military in the Middle East. Dad won’t make it home until after Hayden’s birth in May. Rita says Hayden is waving hello.