My mini sabbatical had several different parts to it: I’ll be writing more about it at some point. One of the parts was focused on the scholarly part of my life. Like McCoy in Star Trek, I often want to say something to the effect of…”Jim, I’m a historian, not an organizer”. I’m happier at being a musician than being an advocate, but there you go. We’re all lucky with the roles we fill in the work to be done.
Coming up on my 60th birthday I have decided to “take the bull by the horns” whenever it seems appropropriate or feels right. Not that I’ve been parrticularly reticent about expressing how I feel, more a matter of placing my desires at the same level as the desires of others.
So, although I was supposed to leave Tuesday morning, I did a couple of things for me before I left town. The most important thing was dropping off my Application to be a Reader at the Huntington Library.
This is something that I’ve meant to do for some time now. Feel really fortunate that I had letters of recommendation from Dr. Robert Winter and Edward R. Bosley. In fact, these kind fellows had written letters of support in 2009. I know, I know. They should have been used, but things – other folks things, kept getting placed in front of my taking/sending the letter and my app to the Huntington.
Good news is app was delivered, I am approved, and only need to show a government issued photo i.d. to finish registration. Boy, am I glad I drive a car. The DMV photo isn’t great, but just the ticket.
Sharing a button commemorating the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary was a way re-bonding after some months apart.
Photos – James Grimes