i got the gadget installed, and i’ve been driving around (illegally) for a few days – illegally because i’m supposed to have the dmv test me and put a notation on my license that i drive with the wrong foot. there are, i’m sure, insurance ramifications as well.
afterwards i spent some time in north dixmont, where my family is originaly from. i found the cemetery where my namesake stephen edward is buried, along with his wife may (and a sad little stone marked “little may”)
i also ran into some folks who were just leaving, one of whom (a distant cousin or something) took my name and email address and said she had a big file of historical information that she promised to send, and an old duffer who pointed out another grave marker, a big white obelisk, of stephen edward’s father william. i am facinated with geneology, and have traced my father’s side back to william sr. (1802) and my father’s mother’s family (bushnell) back to 1434. my wife just brought a folder of papers back from her mother’s house tracing her grandfather’s family back to austro-hungary in 1834. very cool stuff. it was a serendipitous trip. and nice to see flowers, even if they were fake, and a flag at the grave.