Sept 22 2012
Hello dear Old Bolds and friends,
From the United Club in Terminal C of O'Hare airport. I have 30
minutes to catch the last flight to San Diego.
What's the score for this trip? Well, I was able to copy 16 of Jay's
mission records, all of the French resistance helper records my
friends in France and England requested, and I found the fighter
wing and group records for the fighters in the air Jan 7 44. Plus I
got this cool HUGE map copied that lays out the whole fighter story
of January 7. Everything is in the mail and on its way home to me.
I had been told (by the archive staff no less) that these mystical
fighter files didn't exist, but I found them in a forgotten file,
stapled in a mess of tissue paper that took 20 minutes to unwind.
All the rusty staples on the edges and through the heart of the mess
testified that I was the first to find them since they had been laid
down and neatly filed away.
What I didn't get was the gun cam footage or combat photos. I know
they are out there somewhere; they can't hide from me forever. To
make up for the disappointment, I used a free night for the Park
Hyatt in Washington DC (sinful!), am using my (free) United Club
membership (always a delight), and upgraded my American flight from
DCA to ORD.
They constantly filled my wineglass the whole 90-minute flight from
Washington DC to here (with my whole-heated approval) - who knows
how many glasses it was in total - and now I am moving through the
airport smiling, laughing and totally blotto. Definitely the best
trip I've had in ages.
I could get used to this kind of lifestyle!
But I miss you all; it's definitely less fun alone, making me the
recipient of bottomless stares of lonely, overweight, badly-aging
Look forward to seeing you soon!