In New York on Friday night, we were tucked in bed and sound asleep at 3 AM when it suddenly sounded like the end of the world. What on earth? Had our building started to collapse? Nuclear war? Car bomb? No, it turned out that a giant tree in the neighboring yard had decided it had had enough and split in a spectacular way. Most of its branches ended up in our yard, by some miracle not breaking our back door, but doing damage one and two buildings further on. As it crashed over our garden wall – a tasteful edifice of cement block – it actually took part of it down, and the rest seems ready to fall.Continue reading “Omens and Portents”
So, about the title of this blog. I have moved very quickly from thinking this was such a clever name and that everyone would immediately get its wonderfully nuanced meaning, to complete amazement that my friends have never heard the expression. Where have you all been??!!!
I now still believe that “Go Know” is a very clever name, but realize that only Don and I seem to know why. Did I make up “Go Know” or is it an expression that I just can’t believe you haven’t heard? The latter. See if this explanation helps…Continue reading “What about Go Know?”
New York City never pales, but it’s almost time for us to start on a real adventure – three months on the road, exploring the wonders of the American South. Don has of course been mapping this trip for months, and we may need another car just for the guidebooks. After a whole summer spent getting our home ready for visitors (surely you heard about our flood?), we are now just about ready to start packing.
Packing? OMG – packing for three months. Well…let’s think of it more as a two-week trip, because there will be weekly laundry stops. Of course, in the middle of all this is a business trip to Las Vegas. Surely there is some humor in interrupting a vacation to take a business trip to LV, but that’s my story.
This weekend we take down the suitcases, have intense “discussions” about what is essential, do a final sweep around the apartment to make sure it’s presentable and ready for company, empty out the fridge, and then figure out how to eliminate some of the baggage. We are trying to keep in mind that very few people will see us more than once, and remember that there are actually stores outside of Manhattan. That combination of thoughts will inspire our editing process.
Wish us well…