A Fond GoodbyeSaturday, July 24, 2010
For those who insist on visiting this blog and see this I would like to clarify that I am really taking a holiday. I plan to interact with my granddaughter and to try to keep her away from computers, Wi-Fi zones and anything else that might lure her to attempt to log in to Facebook. Since today will be Saturday (as I write this on Thursday night) it means that after breakfast or perhaps even after lunch Rebecca and I will walk the short three blocks to the bus stop and catch a bus downtown. We should be there in fifteen minutes. We will walk to the state capitol where we will not run into the man you see here. He is not part of the Capitol security. He is my friend John Arnold, ex-spy, ex Marine and ex SEC Investigator. He is posing here, at the capitol (I took this last June on my last visit to Austin) in front of a large portrait of Davy Crockett.
We are not going to see John Arnold on Saturday. But sometime on Sunday, after church, he is going to take Rebecca to a shooting range and teach her the necessary mechanics (with all the precautionary details, Marine Corps style) for the shooting of a .22 caliber pistol.
I am personally not in the least attracted or enamored by guns. But since my other St. Ed’s friend Howard Houston taught Rebecca to fish on dam lake two years ago, it would seem to me that learning to shoot in Texas will be quite symmetrical.
While I am too old to run up the iron stairs of Old Main I will instruct Rebecca to do so. If she does, she just might run into my ghost. It was at least a half a century ago when I would run upa and down as fast as I could.
And this is as far as this blog will go until I return in about a week. I will write a blog for every missing day. Until then, a fond goodbye.