|John writes in 2009:
am still working full time at the Smithsonian but have a different address
and telephone, as the old Arts and Industry has been temporarily shut down.
My wife is still working at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its old
building was also shut down; DOT is now in a brand new building near the new
Nationals Baseball Stadium and Navy Yard. She and I occasionally go to games
there. The Nationals are the worst team in baseball. It is often said that
when a team is doing well that everyone is contributing to its success; in
the case of the Nationals, everyone seems to contribute to its failure. Its
fan support has been declining. When it plays the Phillies, the Phillies
fans often outnumber the Nats fans in their own stadium.
My daughter Emily is working for an organization fighting HIV/AIDS in
Tanzania, East Africa. This past March she lured her unsuspecting father
into running the Kilimanjaro marathon, the hottest and toughest marathon he
has ever run (see photo). He has now completed 28 marathons and has retired
from marathon running. His son David is going to be teaching middle-school
math and music in San Antonio, TX. And his daughter, Abigail, is going into
junior year at Grinnell College in Iowa.
Besides running, I am acolyte, layreader, altar-guild member, usher, and
outreach committee member at our church. We have gone to the same church for
over 25 years and have seen many fine people come and go, some by passing
on. It has been like our family since none of our relatives live in this