Thanks, Marc and Chris, for touching base.
Yes, it has been a while. Things have been a bit hectic lately, which explains my absence.
First, my aunt passed on at the end of March, shortly after the study group, and so I had to go to Kentucky for her funeral. Three weeks later, my mother – her sister – passed on as well. My mother’s passing was not unexpected, but of course, that doesn’t really make it any easier on everyone. I’ve been trying to spend more time with my father (who is 84, and in good health) as a result, since he has been left suddenly alone after 50 years of marraige. this is a big change for all of us.
Then there is the f act that we sold/merged the family business, with not just one but two other courier companies. We split off parts of our customer base to match them with the couriers who could best serve their needs, but doing that simultaneously with two seperate companies quadruples an already complex task workload.
Plus we are trying to liquidate the remaining business stuff, like selling off cars, selling the building, etc. Lots of work there, as well.
All delivery companies are going through big changes these days, what with the rise of the internet and increasingly easy digital delivery of even very large information files. Like the Post office or Kodak, we are less critical to the business world these days. For instance, I and my lawyer, my new partner and his lawyer, all negotiated and signed the contract for one of these deals entirely via email, no face to face or document hard copy delivery needed. In days of yore, my services as the letter carrier would have been critical to such a deal.
Then there is the book. I am trying to still find time to spend on it, as it is the most fun thing I am doing right now. I have about 50 of 55 chapters written, with about 410,000 words on the page (also digital, go figure.:)) and I am doing a pretty serious edit currently. I beleive that I will be finished with a full draft by late summer or early fall. I think it is coming along really well, but there is always more to do.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have blog post ideas. I do. Time to research and write them is what’s lacking. for example, in reading Watkins’ Company Aytch, I came across a reference to Colonel Hopalyte Oladowski, Bragg’s Polish-born ordnance officer. What was interesting about that was the fact that Watkins obviously confused Oladowski with the Perfidious Frenchman, Major Nocquet: Watkins claimed that at the end of the war, Oladowski stole a uniform from Bragg and deserted – which, in Oladowski’s case, wasn’t true. Nocquet deserted, stealing a payroll.
All of which got me looking at Oladowski, only to discover that there isn’t much on him. I’d like to do more digging on the man, but time is – as ever – the issue.
I think I will be on a more even keel going forward, which means I can start posting again.