Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Where diversity is an understatement"

Apparently, 20 years ago or so, I gave my sister my freshman dorm T-shirt from my stint at the University of Michigan. During our glorious visit to New York City a couple of weeks ago (from which I still plan to post pictures), she produced the tattered old thing from her suitcase and gave it back. I had forgotten all about it. I was thrilled.

Look at that! "East Quad: Where Diversity Is an Understatement." I wonder how many of my dorm mates from the third floor at that venerable dormitory in 1988 still have their T-shirt.

Those were exciting days. I'm glad Facebook has brought me back in touch with some of my old friends from that time, even if only in a Facebook kind of way. (Matt Diaz made paella! Maeve Sullivan likes this!) Everything was new and strange and American and exciting. I was in a certain degree of mental chaos and got in all kinds of trouble, but I don't regret it. I had good companions and exciting experiences. People and experience make us who we are, of course, and this shirt comes from an important Maeve-building era.

Thanks, Penny, for reuniting me with this old friend!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Well, it's been a whirlwind since book club - my sister and I spent a long weekend in New York, and then she visited me in thrilling Ypsilanti for a week. I have more photos, of course, but here's my fave. Look at the happy expression on Nigel's face!

Anyway, I'll get more pictures up when time allows. For now, here's to Penny - I miss her, as do both Scott and Nigel. It was great to have her puttering about the house, preparing snacks, making model airplanes, chatting. Can't wait for her next visit!