247.April 29

Nottingham, UK

I was supposed to turn in an Art History Paper today, but of course I didn't. I would continue to turn in papers to David late for the rest of the year.

1994

Mon, 29 Apr 2002 21:06:18 -0600

I am at my parents farm tonight. We just chased the newborn calves and their mothers into a separate area, so they would stay together and get healthy and strong. There were five or six newborns out there in the pasture. I had just arrived here from Decorah, where my oldest brother lives with his family. It is about 25 minutes away from our farm.

The family house that I grew up in was built in 1902. The farm was started in 1889, when Christian Knute Thoen Storeli married Caroline Quarve. I had to look in a book for that, the family history book. We are watching a television program that is about pioneer settlers in Western United States. It is called Frontier House, and is a big joke to a lot of people. But it was interesting to watch people try to live without any modern conveniences. They are not having a good time. It does seem to be a lot like Survivor, or what little I've seen of that.

I am getting very excited about starting to work on my new home, but won't pick it up for another two weeks nearly, because I have no days off from work. Today I had lunch with my brother and father, and they offered me a job at their company, they want me to use my stage management skills and technical theatre skills to organize and simplify the workstations at their company. My first reaction was that I don't have time to do it, truthfully, this summer, because of the show I'm directing, and the work I do in Madison, and then, of course, getting my trailer ready. But I did take the job after a few days. I've got to go help get my bed ready, we have to move a cedar chest to set it up.

2002

London, UK

I'm at Stanstead airport north of London, waiting for my plane to Frankfurt. I've had a lovely time in London, though I never went outside of it. I went to all the galleries to refresh my memories of what art is. I did see lots of new things to me too, but mostly its burning the images deeper into my memories. Yesterday was spent partially visiting Kate's flat, which is new since I was here last. I've got an open invitation to stay anytime. She's got a documentary filmed of her.It was filmed partially in her flat. I went to see a play last night called "The Entertainer." It took place in 1956 about a failed music hall performer. It was wonderful. I spent most of my visit walking around. Everything is so interesting here, the buildings, the river, the green spaces, the wildlife, (ducks, squirrels, mice) that I never get bored. I look forward to being back home, but I had fun, and was two feet from Spiderman.

2007

Decorah

We took off from Decorah a little early today, stopping at Doc's for dinner. Nearly all of our close friends also came by and many joined us, including Jill. We then mowed the lawn and I cleaned the garage.

2010