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May 5, 2019 - Trying to find my roots

It wasn't my intention for this trek, to check out my roots. But as we got closer, I got excited about the idea. It was a little tougher getting to Rockville, MD. than we thought. The GPS said it was a two hour trip from Ashland, VA. Between the rain, the traffic and a couple of accidents, it took four hours. I had help doing some research and was able to find a spot that we may have lived. I'm sure the actual building is gone by now but I do remember some stories about the nearby train tracks. I'll check it out tomorrow. Most of you know...

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Nov 11, 2010 - Starting the Long Way Home

This morning I’ll leave Rockville MD for Richmond VA where I’ll visit my 2nd cousin Penny Anderson. Penny’s mother’s mother (Ruth Pflaumer DeMint) was my father’s mother’s (Anna Pflaumer Satterfield) sister. Penny is just a few months younger than I am and probably the female cousin with whom I spent the most time growing up. Then, while John was in Vietnam (Rob was a tiny babe), Penny lived with me in Petersburg VA. She has remained in the Richmond area. Gabfest! I’ll leave Richmond VA on Saturday (13th), cross the mountains, and spend the...

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Nov 6, 2010 - Domestic Engineer Redux

Breaking News: Here's the plan (so far) -- I’ll leave here for Penny’s (Richmond VA) early on the 11th, leave Richmond for WU early on the 12th, leave WU on the 14th or 15th, and leave Columbus for Kansas probably on the 16th (with Larson). BTW – for those of you who have asked where Matt is doing his sabbatical, the NYT yesterday has an article on the agency where Matt is doing his sabbatical. He’s certainly going to be there for what appears to by an interesting year. CFTC article:...

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Nov 3, 2010 - Mountains and Valley

Driving through the Alleghany Mountains was a truly powerful experience. I felt awe going around every bend leading into the next vista with the mountains towering up each side. In some cases, the interstate ran on the side of the mountain with retaining walls on one side and a sharp fall to a valley on the other side. It was past peak color, but still hauntingly beautiful. By 3pm, most of the valleys were in shade with just the tops showing sunshine. It must be the same in the morning, with the “sunny” hours probably 3-5 hours less in the...

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