Saturday, July 28, 2012


¡Primer Grito!

Friday, July 20, 2012


July Odyssey

My children have been faithfully posting the most fascinating news about their families! Here's what I've been up to lately.

New York
 Seth hosted me for a week in his novo-Harlem apartment. Seth knows New York better than most natives and at least one saucy Yale post graduate co-ed. July 4th represented not only our Independence Day, but also the twelfth anniversary of Seth's very first visit to the City that Never Sleeps. On July 4th, he treated me to a commercial tour called "Revolutionary New York". The guide had a definitively New Haven bias, and Seth filled in the missing pieces for me. That afternoon we lunched at Fraunces Tavern, where alternatively the revolutionaries and the British dined back in the day.

Later in the week, Seth treated me to a tour of the High Line, a section of New York's elevated freight rail line that has been converted into a park. Seth donated many hours to the project during the conversion process. This qualified him to be the ad-hoc guide when this group of his friends decided to walk the Line.
These are some night-life scenes. First, Seth, Eric, another Brad, and I experiment with flavors at an eatery based entirely upon rice pudding. Next, Seth and I bask in the late-night lights of Times Square on an elevated "stairway"  build to keep gawkers out of traffic.

New Jersey
Jose, Jose Luis, and Cesi treated me to dinner. What a great family I belong to!

Washington, D.C.

This photo is of Cousin Sarah and me in the dining room of the Madison Building in Washington, DC. Sarah's grandfather and my great-grandfather on Dad's side were brothers, making the two of us second cousins, once-removed. I had last seen Sarah in the early 1960s, and was thrilled to get reacquainted. She  provided me with some precious family history to share with y'all. 

Adam, Karen, Sarah (different Sarah), and Ryan live just outside the DC Beltway in Virginia. They have hosted me on multiple occasions as I blow though the area. Sarah even gives up her bedroom so that I can snore privately. Perhaps Auburn will notice that Sarah also likes Hello Kitty!

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