“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

The morning is a delight. The wind is from the north. It is sunny but not yet warm though the prediction is for 75˚. Boston and north of Boston will hit the mid-90’s. Some schools even cancelled because of the heat. Few schools are air-conditioned. Friday is the end of the year for many schools including here. I always liked that day.

I don’t remember school lasting this long when I was a kid. I think the public schools always went longer than St. Pat’s. That was one of the perks of going to a Catholic school which sort of made up for having to wear uniforms.

When I was young, some of the nuns scared me. My first grade nun, Sister Redempta, was the scariest because she was the first. I have glimpses of her in my memory bank. I remember her hurrying up the aisle, her veil billowing behind her as she confronted some poor kid. Luckily I was never one of those kids, those poor kids.

Today I find myself reminiscing. I’m thinking about all the places I’ve been. I am generally amazed. When I was a kid, we traveled to Canada, not far into Canada, just to the falls, but that trip was a turning point. It was my first step in fulfilling the vow I had made when I was 11: to travel to more places than Marty Barrett, a classmate who went to England a few times to visit relatives. On that fateful family trip, I saw Niagara Falls, went up Mount Washington, watched ships go through the Eisenhower Locks and stayed at a cottage on the edge of Lake Ontario. I wanted more.

I didn’t take my first plane trip until I was a freshman in college. My father treated me to a flight from Boston to Cape Cod as an Easter gift. I loved everything about that flight: the small plane, the view of the ocean and the landmarks I recognized as we flew over them. I wouldn’t fly again until the flight to Peace Corps staging in Philadelphia and, from there, the flight to Ghana.

I still have that wanderlust. I have more places I want to go, but I am hoping for one last trip to Ghana in 2021, the fiftieth anniversary of the completion of my Peace Corps service. I’m already feeding the coffer.

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16 Comments on ““I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTER

    Yes, Sweden are off and running with a win over South Korea today.

    Now the KTCC Family faces decision time as Christer’s Sweden will play the Bochum Belle’s Germany on Saturday at 2.00 pm EST, with progression in the World Cup clearly at stake.

    I am waiting for England to start their campaign at 2:00 pm against those rascals from Tunisia.

    Mexico’s win over Germany yesterday wasn’t just seismic on the field, celebration activities were caught on the sensors in the Capital, suggesting a 3.0 on the Richter Scale

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am torn. Poor Germany can use a win, but I have to go with Sweden. No, wait, I’ll go with Germany. No wait, I’ll…

    • olof1 Says:

      Yes we won 🙂 I couldn’t see it but followed it as good as I could via internet and my phone. I heard it was a rather boring match though but who cares 🙂 🙂 Germany is in a bad spot right now but they always manages to continue 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        I know my Colorado family watched this. My brother-in-law tapes matches he is missing. He would definitely watch Germany.

    • olof1 Says:

      Go England! I always hold my thumbs for England!

    • Birgit Says:

      Good luck, Hedley! I will watch, it starts primetime 8 pm here. I hope it’s not a bad sign that I don’t have English beer at home but I will use my soccer beer glass with the British flag.
      Beating Sweden won’t be easy, they are the better team so far. Congratulations, Christer! Germany was just bad and boring but I won’t give up hope yet. Just one problem, where can I buy Swedish beer?

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        I have a friend who always matches the beer to the occasion. Sometimes he has to go round about to get there, but he does find connections of beer to events. I always look forward to find out what he is bringing.

    • Birgit Says:

      90th minute 🙂 Congratulations! It was fun to watch.
      Now KTCC music…

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, yes Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur with both goals including the winner in the 90th minute, I thought we played open and with flair. Very exciting. Very very happy tonight

        Panama onSunday morning but first

        Christer v The Bochum Belle

      • katry Says:

        Enjoy the music!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Chilly and windy here and it will rain some more later tonight. I don’t mind but I had hoped this weather would calm down the flies some, it hasn’t.

    I do like flying even though I tend to get a bit air sick sometimes. I do like to go by train a bit more though, perhaps just because like to study the people on the train and how they behave 🙂

    My first trip abroad was to Denmark, it was a three hour journey by ferry and the next one was to Norway, a few hours by car. I have oddly enough been more times to Paris and France than to Norway though 🙂 🙂 It’s fun really, I hate big cities but love Paris ans Lisbon 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The sun is gone but we still have that wind though now more of a breeze. We may get rain tomorrow.

      I love train travel and have taken a lot of fun train rides, but a plane ride is the first necessity to get anywhere.

      Lisbon is among my favorite cities just as Portugal is among my favorite countries. I think I have been to England more than any other country.

      Enjoy your day!

  3. Bob Says:

    My first flight as a passenger was in 1954 when I was seven. My parents had moved us to Dallas Texas from Brooklyn NY the previous spring. To help relieve the culture shock on my mother we traveled by air back to NYC to visit the family. We flew on a non scheduled airline in a four engine piston driven propeller DC-4 which was unpressurized. The flight crew in those less secure days allowed the passengers to visit the flight deck during cruise. I got to sit on the pilot’s lap and recalled that we were flying at 8,000 ft. On the altimeter at 180 MPH. The flight stopped at Washington’s National airport on it’s way to New York’s Laguardia airport. It took eight hours and we bought box lunches at the terminal before departure. That’s when I decided to make aviation my career.

    When I was in public school in Dallas the school year ended on Memorial Day weekend. There was no air conditioning in the schools in those days and by Memorial Day the temperature was in the 90s. Today with air conditioning summer vacation is still from May through the end of August.

    My first flying lessons were in a 1940s Piper J-3 Cub. It was a two seat trainer with a 65 HP engine, wooden propeller and only five instruments. It had no electrical system, no radios and had to be hand propped to start the engine. This was very basic stick and rudder flying. The fabric covered airframe made 60 MPH cruise speed. It could land and takeoff in a few hundred feet. Several times while flying over an interstate highway semi trucks would pass me out the window. We had air conditioning but no heat by opening up the window and the door.

    A cool spell has arrived it’s only 89 degrees with a few light rain showers.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I have always wished I had been around in the days of the Pan Am Clippers. No planes now give me the same sense of romanticism you got crossing the ocean in the Clipper.

      On that Cape flight, I could see the cockpit as there was no door. The aisle went up like a movie theater aisle. There were single seats and two seats together. It was a neat old plane.

      Schools here mostly start after Labor Day and must go a minimum of 180 days. All snow days have to be made up. The ending is late this year because of all the snow.

      I chuckled at the semi trucks passing you.


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