. . . exactly. But gosh he had a lot of clothes in his well-organized walk-in closet. Most of them are now down at Northside Neighborhood House for resale or free distribution. Some big guys are going to dress well this fall.
Let me tell you – EVERYONE other than retail takes off Memorial Day.
Furious funeral prep and tending to the affairs of the dead can continue as of start of business today.
I’ve been too busy to think about this for a few days. My father died suddenly on Saturday (it’s hard to say unexpectedly, since he’d been expecting to die for the last 45 years, ever since his first heart attack at 35). He went very quickly (I’d say immediately but I haven’t talked to the doctor yet) and without any more hospital stays, which I know is how he hoped it would turn out.
So – the family is fogging in; 2 aunts have made it in and my sister’s crew just arrived. All the formal arrangements seem workable. I’m grateful for many friends who are making it all much easier.
Worse than usual – so no productivity here. I had to go to Wegman’s to get supplies, but that was it.
. . . I made it home – and the wifi is working.
All packed. Ready to go. The problem? It’s 5:18 a.m. and the car service isn’t coming until 8. I’m getting worse and worse about sleeping before big travel days (even domestic travel). I had a truly horrific dream that woke me at 4:30 (late for my sister’s wedding!) and I didn’t get back to sleep. Grrr. Oh, well – travel day, and I’ll be back to Upstate New York this evening and sleeping in my own bed!
And it isn’t even a gift.
Thunderclap so strong it set off car alarms! So far the rain hasn’t followed.
Early this morning – I was starting my pot of tea – there was chanting in the street. I leaned out the window and shot this – a small protest march? Then about 10 minutes later they did it again. And then again.
When I got outside about an hour later, they were still doing it.
Ah – filming a protest march. That makes sense!
Incontro con la Scuola cattolica italiana
Piazza San Pietro
(from the Vatican site)
God help us – and I mean that quite unironically – they’re playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” right now. I hope we can blame it on their typical non-English speaker failure to comprehend the lyrics.
Wow – I certainly understand the long and grand tradition of re-valorizing love poetry as being addressed to Our Lord . . . but Slave to Love?
Sorry for the blog silence.
Things got very busy here…then very quiet…then I flew up to Germany (Essen, NRW – pics to follow).
Now I’m back for the last 10 days in Italy. At the moment I don’t want to ever come home, but that changes with the light – which today was amazing.
I have been a lazy blogger. There has been a lot of activity in Rome, what with Easter, end of term, and the Canonizations! Not that I went to the Canonizations – I’ve been to one before, and in much better weather (it was showery yesterday).
Christine and I go this afternoon to get the Italian grades from the Scuola – and I hope to have finished my part of the grading by then!
The last presenter wanted to visit Castel Sant’Angelo – so we finished with a great view of Rome!
Kim Giegerich, Katie Cornell, and Nic Stewart listen to Annabel Cryan describe the final scene of Tosca, when Tosca throws herself off the top of Castel Sant’Angelo. I’m glad Katie was there, because she gave the first of these presentations, and described the first act of the opera during her presentation at Sant’Andrea della Valle. Nice bookends – and a great place to finish the course.
6 presentations down, 7 to go.
I’ve been to the Church of Sant’Andrea della valle, Theater of Marcellus, Santa Maria in Aracoeli, the Vittoriano, Santa Maria in Trastevere, and Piazza Navona.