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Close Despite the Distances

If any good can come of the theft of my wallet, it’s that I was reminded of how many family and friends, spread across many time zones and a couple continents are there, caring what happens, and offering words of reassurance. It does make it easier.

Next week I’ll be traveling to Baltimore to see my parents, and then up to Dublin, New Hampshire, for the 35th Reunion of The Walden School, an organization and group of people who I also feel close to, despite the physical (and temporal) distances.

I’m very happy that despite the fact that I’ve moved around a lot in my life, I’ve managed to keep friendships and other close relationships alive and active. I hope that will always be the case.


  1. Hi David, I just found your journal and wanted to say, “long time no see/email,” but then read your entry about your stolen wallet. I’m so sorry to hear about that, I hate when that happens. It’s unfortunate these giant department stores don’t put more cameras around. That’s what their good at though, cutting costs even at the consumers expensive. Don’t worry though, karma will have it’s way with the thief sooner or later. I’m glad you’re doing well though. Please drop me an email if you have some time, I’d enjoy catching up. Cheers. -jon

  2. Hi Jon!
    Glad to hear from you! I was just looking for your address the other day. Looks like the drawing you did way back for The Walden School is very popular (see the alumni web site – http://www.handoverhand.org). There is a reunion this summer and I’ll be able to tell them all of the talented artist who whipped off that drawing many years ago!

    Looks like from your blog that you are in Japan. Please stay in touch – I have friends in that area who perhaps you could meet as well!

  3. Baltimore huh? So stay aware from the Inner Harbour and no crab cakes!

  4. Hey Cuz! We just had our credit card used fraudulently, for over $5400 at the Boeing Store online (did you know there was a Boeing Store??????) so we had to get a new number, change all the automatic charges, etc., etc. Real pain! But, there are many worse things that can happen in life. We just got back from Belize where we swam with Whale Sharks, dolphins, and sharks in the Blue Hole. Great trip!

  5. Gene – is that aware of or away from the Inner Harbor? I used to go there when I returned from college (it was never there when I was a kid- heh). Crab Cakes with Old Bay Seasoning (and Chesapeake Bay Crabs) are absolutely the order of the day for any visit to Ballmer! Wash it down with Natibo (National Bohemian) for the traditionalists.

    Lynne – Welcome back! I’m glad you got to swim with the sharks and see them firsthand. There is a documentary called Sharkwater that’s making the rounds here (http://www.sharkwater.com)about how sharks aren’t the monsters of the deep that Mr. Benchley and others made them to be (so they could scare people and rack up the dollars, of course). Seems like some people – like the thieves that you and I have had to deal with lately – are the nastier ones.

  6. really sorry about your wallet. what an unpleasant experience.

    didn’t know you’re a walden schooler. i had at one point seriously looked into studying there. maybe one day you can tell me a bit about your experience there …

    have a great trip!

  7. Hi Isabella – I’m not sure it’s the same Walden School that you were looking at. Was that perhaps Walden University? (http://www.waldenu.edu/ )

    I’m looking forward to this trip, although I don’t relish the thought of my 6AM departure time tomorrow morning.

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