2004

Bowers and Lott 2004 Family Newsletter (dull, but with pictures)

(2004 Pictures)


January:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Skiing. Every Saturday at Jiminy Peak. Sometimes at Gore.

The (Lead Us Not Into) Temptations did Down to the River to Pray, an oldie featured in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

February:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Skiing at Jiminy. Worked in Buffalo. :-(

Took Hannah to Las Vegas (Pictures) to see UNLV (Las Vegas, a fine hotel school) and NAU (Flagstaff, a good hotel school). Also saw Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and a few hundred miles of the south west.

March:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Nisky High School musical, Titanic. Han in the pit orchestra, this year, on percussion.

Performed Blessed Assurance. :-)

Saw Xan playing keyboards with his band Test of Balance.

April:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Played a little jazz at the Good Friday service. Plus Hannah played tympani for Easter Sunday.

Complete rebuild of the boat’s rudder. Removed a lot of old hardware and put on a lot of new hardware. Also rebuld foredeck to put in a proper stemhead fitting. Much sawing and fibreglass work.

May:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Another prom for Hannah. Photos. Movie.

Rite of Spring: Garage Sale.

Saw DO at Home Made Theater in Saratoga in Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Rock ‘n’ My Salvation covered Just a Closer Walk with Thee in the style of a jam-band. At Scotia UMC and Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church.

Racing in Nyack. Dismasted one day, knocked down the next. Rough couple of days. Wonderful, wonderful folks at Nyack Boat Club, and in the Buccaneer sailing group.

June:

Xan and Chris knocked down; mistakes were made; the Bucc flooded, and they were lucky to get towed. Many expensive lessons learned. Rudder, so carefully installed, sank to the bottom of Saratoga Lake.

Steve working in Harrisburg, PA. Like working in Buffalo, without the Starbucks.

Heavy Rock ‘n’ My Salvation bass and drums at EPUMC.

July:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Hannah off to Skye Farm to wash dishes for the rest of the summer. Xander waiting to start work at Saratoga Race Track.

Helped DO at Sail Camp, teaching teenagers water safety and Sunfish sailing. Great week, cooperative weather.

Took KaDiMa to Raquette Lake. Saturday, the 24th, the weather could not have been more perfect to take various family members out for quick sails around the lake. New rudder worked perfectly.

August:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Sailing in Lake Champlain. Wow, what a trip! Photos and Trip report.

Took the new owner of the Dotty Did sailing on KaDiMa, just to show how sailing basically works.

Xander’s summer job starts: security guard at Saratoga Race Track

September:

Commuted to Buffalo.

Took the Advanced Lay Speaking class at Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church.

Raced in the Glimmerglass Regatta at Otsego Sailing Club. It was a great day for sailing. Brisk winds, great group of sailors. We didn’t do very well, but we sailed our brains out for a couple of races. Then we were cold and wet and wanted to go back and rest.

October:

My last day commuting full-time to Buffalo.

Visit OGB and PDB in North Carolina.

November:

New client. Client sent me to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Tough to compare that with commuting to Buffalo.

Skiing at Alyeska. Some small compensation for no home life.

December:

New client. In Albany. Embarassing to have to ask them where to park; but I haven’t worked in Albany for 5 years.

Had Xander write the most charming little descant to Gregory Norbert’s A Child Is Born for church on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Hannah is working two jobs and partying her brains out.