Five states in nine hours

mom-at-her-office I previously posted about a crazy drive around Texas, during which we were in three cities in fourteen hours.  Well, this past weekend I completely topped that when I went to see my mom and dad!  I started in Raleigh, North Carolina at around six in the morning.  I flew to Baltimore, Maryland, where my mom and dad picked me up.  We drove through Maryland and Virginia on the way Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where my mom works.

I got to see Mom’s building, office, and classrooms.  We walked around Shepherstown, and had lunch in a nice tea shop.  I browsed through the shops on the main street before getting back in the car and driving toward Mom and Dad’s house.  We passed through Maryland again, and finally made it to Greencastle, Pennsylvania around 15:00 in the afternoon.  Five states in nine hours.

Dec, Jan, Feb 09-10 058 I had a great time getting to see Mom and Dad’s new place.  Dad showed me his projector and screen set-up.  We also checked out his amazing outdoor kitchen.  Dad grilled some fantastic steaks for dinner, and mom made sweet potatoes and sauteed spinach with leeks.  Yum!

The visit ended too soon, and I had to get back on a plane and head back to Raleigh for another week of work in North Carolina.

Krista and her Amazing Space – November 2006

DSC07260 Twas the night before Thanksgiving and we visited a friend of Ted and Becky named Krista. Krista is a creator. She is living in a renovation in progress – a retired trade school in south central Pennsylvania. She is transforming the space from sturdy-single-pane-school-house to fanciful-curvy-found-industrial-restoration. The space is sparkling textures, warm wood floors, pastel paint, futurist appliances, fiber-optic bath fixtures, and comfortable antique farm machines. Click. Look. Enjoy.

Ted’s Haircut, Chambersburg, PA – May 2006

Wait_ I changed my mind Work dictated that I travel to Hagertown, Maryland, and I decided to use the opportunity to visit Mom and Dad in Chambersburg. They were good enough to pick me up at the airport and have me stay with them for a few days.

Dad mentioned that he had been thinking of shaving his head and mustache. I told him if he wanted help, I would wield the clippers. Mom had her doubts, and Laura declared, “He has been threatening to shave his head forever, and he is never going to do it!” …that was all it took. We went to CVS to get the proper head shaving supplies: gel shaving cream, aftershave, razors and sun block. Check out the pictures to see the shocking results!

Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania – November 2004

IF Laura played Rosina in the Barber of Seville at the University of Maryland. The last show was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Joey, Grandma Margaret and I decided to travel north to see the opera and celebrate Thanksgiving with the Mercados. Jason Wright, Laura’s boyfriend, and Jason Kaminsky, Laura’s roommate and fellow Barber of Seville star, both joined us for Turkey Day. Of course, we all consumed huge amounts of delicious food, and had a wonderful time.

A Wedding, Our Nation, and The Frog

IF Our good friend Scott Howard was married to Emily Lovejoy on Saturday the Twenty First of February at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Scott had just come to serve at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer when he and Emily met (she drove Scott to the pot-luck dinner held to welcome him to the church).

Ever conscious of propriety, Scott attempted to conceal his attraction to Emily from Emily and the congregation for months (after-all, he is a priest and she was a member of the congregation). Of course, Emily, being the perfect match for Scott (and a member of his evaluation committee), attempted to conceal her attraction to Scott from Scott and the congregation for months.

The congregation thought the whole dance was hysterical and helped the couple plan their wedding.

Here some photos from the wedding and our trip to Woburn.


The day after the wedding, LD and I flew from Boston to Philadelphia. We spent the day with Ted and Becky sight-seeing in and around National Independence Historical Park. Then we drove back to their house in Chambersberg.

If you are ever playing tourist in Philadelphia, have lunch at the City Tavern – we did and it was excellent. Don’t forget to visit the Liberty Bell or take in some of the other sites around town. Just don’t miss the City Tavern.


Laura met us in Chambersburg and the next day we drove with her to her apartment in College Park, Maryland. We spent the night with Laura. The next day she invited us to join her morning lecture at the University of Maryland, introduced us to her professors (very nice to see Leon again), and took us to a ‘Noon Concert’.

Then we went to visit The Frog.