Today is November 4, 2013. I started this post about 2 years ago...so I'll publish it now and catch up shortly!
Hard to believe that four months have passed since my last post. I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year.
This seems like a good time to fill in the blanks for 2011, at least through October. It'll take another post to compete the year, which was stellar in so many respects.
If you've been keeping up. you might remember the enactment of House Bill 95 last spring. On July 26, I was presented the President's Club award from my CEO at our annual leadership dinner for my work on the legislation.
The curved piece of glass to the left was the other President's Award that I received in 1999. I'd sure like to get one more before I retire...
Dorothy and I traveled to Cocoa Beach, Florida for some R&R in early July. We both had had a very busy first half of the year, and we just wanted to unwind. So we flew down and enjoyed the weather and that wonderful feeling of having no agenda at all. I like Cocoa Beach because it's not as crowded as other parts of the Florida coast, and you can take a gallon of moonshine to the beach if you are so inclined.
While we were there, one of the members of the Ohio House of Representatives was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Ohio Senate. It just so happened that this was in the 83rd House District, where Dorothy lives. We had talked about this possibility a few weeks earlier, and when we got the news, we went straight to work on Dorothy's application for the House vacancy. It happened that her interview for the appointment was on July 27, the day after the leadership dinner. She must have knocked their socks off in the interview, because a little after 6 PM on the day she interviewed, she got the call - she had won the appointment. That made for two very good days in July, and I was happy to hold the Bible as Dorothy took the oath of office on July 28.
Next on the agenda was a trip to New Orleans in early August with Dorothy. This was for a legislative conference, and why anyone would have a conference in New Orleans in August is beyond me. It is oppressively hot, the air is always thick, and the streets have an unpleasant smell. But other than that, it's great. We tried to spend some time at one of the cemeteries, but we only lasted about 15 minutes - we just couldn't take the sun.
My Euroschlepper daughter Natalie was home for a visit in July and August, and I was able to take her to the next conference, this one in San Antonio. It's very hot in San Antonio in August - it was over 100 degrees every day we were there - but it is much more comfortable than New Orleans. We remembered to see the Alamo.
Back in Ohio, I decided it was time to start cleaning up some of the brush and invasive plants at Wyndanwood. I hired a friend to do most of the work, because I don't have enough time to keep up with it. The amount of work he has done out there is mind-boggling. Over the course of a couple months, he managed to clean up about 2000 feet around the edge of the woods, into a depth of about 30 feet. The change is hard to explain, but the woods look absolutely beautiful. We've rented a wood chipper three times already, and we'll need to rent it at least one more time to finish off the job.
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