A Nice Birthday Present


The photographer who took the portrait of Mrs. Hoge that I included in her online obituary is a family friend that we met through Connie’s beekeeping. Every year, Connie would hostess a New Year’s Eve open house as a birthday party for me, and the photographer would give me one of his nature photographs as a birthday present. I didn’t have the open house this year, but the photographer and his wife stopped by to visit and give me another nature picture.

The photographer also served on the Forestry Board with Connie. Every year, the Forestry Board tries to determine the champion trees in the county, the largest specimen of each important species. Back in 2008, it turned out that one of the champion trees was hollow, and he took this picture of Connie inside the tree.bigtree

I’m Back at Goddard


The contracting task I was working on last year was over at the end of August. I had some time off coming, and I took it. And then I decided to retire. (I was about to turn 68.) A colleague who runs a small consulting firm with contracts at Goddard has asked me to join his firm, and I’ve said, “Yes.” I’m starting this morning with the job title of Chief Engineer.