2007 Annual Report: Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel


Ah Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits—and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,
No. 73, trans. Edward FitzGerald

This is the official Annual Report, keeping to the restriction that the entire report fit on a single page (front and back). If you want to print a copy for yourself, this PDF version is probably the best way to do it.

Jim and Linda

 This was another year for traveling. Altogether this year, we managed these, which are described in more detail later and on the web site.

Whew! Sounds tiring. We loved every minute of it. Linda's sister Leslie used her vacation time to come visit Lil here in Austin while we were out galivanting around, which seems as if it should be worthy of a medal or something.

Linda is still working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, seeing mostly elderly patients. She mentions retiring occasionally, but never gets around to doing anything about it. Jim is working on another book, a history of the future after the Collapse. He's on the third major revision of what he describes as "The Time Traveler's Wife meets Left Behind, from an atheist point of view."

Both Jim and Linda have been active in politics this past year. Haven't you?

Charles, Amy, and Kai

The big news: Charles and Amy are expecting another baby in April, 2008. The gender of the new arrival is unknown at this time.

In other news: They have bought a house. It is located in El Cerrito, a few blocks from their current abode. Pictures, etc., will be available after they move in, in March, 2008. Charles continues to work as an archivist with the the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and Amy is a Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Claire

Claire still loves her work as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, CA. She works really hard when she is on duty and enjoys her vacations the rest of the time. This year, she visited Telluride for the Bluegrass Festival, and popped over to Tuscany for a bike tour. Lately, she has been enjoying snowboarding in Tahoe. Most of the time when we talk to her, she reports that she has just gotten off duty at 7:00 a.m. or something like that.

She has bought a new pad in San Francisco, still in the Cole Valley area of the city, a few blocks from her old abode. Her new place occupies the upper floor of a two unit condo. In San Francisco, it is a big deal to be in a condo, rather than a tenancy in common. The city keeps a tight grip on the number of conversions allowed each year.

Her new place offers a view of the Pacific Ocean, the value of which exceeds the cost of a modest family home in Austin.

Here are some photos Claire took with her iPhone.


Other News

We still have the pleasure of Lil's company, though she is growing weaker from the ravages of old age. Now confined to a wheelchair, she still manages to get around for shopping, eating out, and checking out the doings at the Senior Citizens Center, due to help from Cindy Garcia, who comes four or five days a week, bullies Lil to get up, and takes her out for the day. Our list of comensals is the same as last year, though Chipper, the dog, now occupies a central place in home and heart.

Best wishes to all for 2008 (and maybe part of 2009). Let us hear from you.