Thursday, May 6, 2010

Resuming Our IRregularly Scheduled Programming

2010 is the Year of the (Rose) Family.

Between The Astrologer and myself, ours is spread over three coasts (four, if you count Hawaii separately) and it takes a bit of co-ordination and planning  to visit with everybody. We have just finished our NorthEastern loop, arriving in the cool of a beautiful spring and leaving with the early arrival of late summer-like humidity reminding us of why we enjoy living in the desert.

I also spent far too short a time at the National Archives* in College Park and at the Strand used book store in  Manhattan, looking into WW II Signals Intelligence and Cryptography. One particularly great find was David Stafford's 1987 book, Camp X, which fills in a bit more about the Hydra network and  Pat de Forest Bayly's  role in creating the technology for it.

Anyway, long story short: we went; it was all good; and now we are home again until the next cycle begins. We will be putting out the next chapter of THE GOODBYE MAN in a day or two. In the meantime, you should soon start to see signs of life here at HONK again.

*Lesson Number One about visiting the National Archives: Don't bother bringing a pen scanner, you can't use it in the textual records department, no matter who told you you could in an email before hand..

*Lesson Number Two: If you have only a few days to spend, plan them so they include a Thursday and a Friday when the Archives are open until 9:00 pm.

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