On vacation this week, recovering today from flying the red-eye from Oakland to Dulles...
My son and I flew together to visit my brother and his family who live outside Washington D.C., in Arlington, Virginia.
(We flew Jet Blue, which has TVs embedded in the seatback in front of you, with Direct TV access, which means, he and I pay tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson by staying up much of the night watching a retrospective of his classic videos on VH1).
While in the DC area, we plan to do some of the usual things: the Smithsonium museums on the Mall. Then, I'm thinking we'll take drives out to "the country" to visit the homes of two founding fathers, Mount Vernon and Monticello.
Tomorrow morning, my brother, sister-and-law and I will meet up with friends of theirs to hike a short portion of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Maybe we'll run into an errant South Carolina governor ... No, wait, he'll be in Argentina.
Anyway, I plan to check in on e-mail, and try to keep up with what's going on back in Walnut Creek and surrounding communities. And, if I get a chance, I have some stories I've been meaning to write, and, I hope, I'll get around to them while I have this break from work.
In the meantime: Have a great weekend and a great Fourth of July!