December 19th, 2015 browsing by day


Saturday before Christmas. In Virginia.

Saturday, December 19th, 2015


Merry Christmas

I left Seattle on Wednesday the 16th. Flew to Washington D.C. and Amtrak to Richmond, Va. My youngest daughter, Jeannine, picked me up and I am staying with her in her flat in Ghent, one of Norfolk’s older sections.  It was in the high sixties but last night it dropped in the low thirties. The forecast for Christmas is once more in the seventies. Thursday night I saw Madison, my six year old granddaughter, perform in her school Christmas pageant. Yesterday I had a Christmas luncheon with a group of friends I have regularly seen since 2007 when visiting Virginia. Jeannine is treating me this evening to the “Messiah”, performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. I have sung parts of the Messiah but I have never yet experienced the full version life. Looking forward to it. The Harrison Opera House is within walking distance from Jeannine’s current home.

My seat neighbor on the flight to Virginia turned out to be another sailor, Ken, member of the Seattle YC. We became FB friends and he put in a very nice pitch in for me with his FB friends:

I plan to return to Gig Harbor around January 24.


Madison far left


LR: Lily, Jack, Madison













Chinese Pavilion, Norfolk











Looked like a decorated tree, turned out to be a Persimmon

Looked like a decorated tree, turned out to be a Persimmon