The summer has just whizzed by. It started out with the Hobbs family flying out to Oregon for Sam's graduation from Gutenberg College. Everyone was able to make it. I had to be in Birmingham, Alabama, for the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research on the Sunday following the Friday evening graduation, so we all ended up flying in and out of Portland for the graduation. Sunday morning saw us all heading in different directions in the airport. Sam was flying to Anchorage, Alaska, for a month-long job working on a fishing boat. Ben headed back to Chicago, Illinois, to drive home to Peoria. Nate and Amy flew back to State College, Pennsylvania. Jed flew to Boston, Massachusetts, to take a bus back to Maine where he's working this summer for a radio station. I flew to Birmingham, while Steve and the girls flew back to Kansas City.
After the five days at Samford taking the Advanced Research and Methodology course, I returned home, only to prepare to leave in a week for a two-week research trip en-route to Washington, D.C., where I was signed up for the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives. (I'll probably write more about these on my genealogy blog.) By the time I got home, Sam had returned from Alaska for a two-week visit before going back to Eugene, Oregon to live for another year. Ben came home for the weekend, and then the Nate and Amy came and have spent the better part of a week here. It's been nice to have them all home, almost all at once.
They all pitched in on two new bookshelves for the genealogy books a wonderfully gracious soul gave to me. Sam and Ben did the construction, and then Sam and Nate did the finishing.
While Ben was home, we had a couple of interesting times. One was at friends' house and if they shared the photos with us, I might be able to do something with them here. Their boys and our boys rigged up a contraption using a truck with its rear end jacked up backed up to the pond and a tireless rim used to wind up rope that pulled a "skier" across their pond using a sled as the "ski" and an axe handle sans axe head for the handle on the rope. What made the picture even funnier was the battery died on the truck, and so another truck had to be brought down to jump start it. Then the truck overheated and it was necessary to have an external fan blowing on the engine compartment to help with the cooling.
The second interesting thing you can see here. Click on the first thumbnail to get larger versions. You have to use your imagination to see them in continuous motion as they rotated around each other.
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