Sunday, September 23, 2007

Move to Cincinnati: Quarterly Report …


We have been in our apartment in Hyde Park for three months now. Our location is great, but the apartment has some serious maintenance problems. We can live with them for the year we expect to rent.

While we still miss the New Orleans area Cincinnati is all we expected it to be. We are taking advantage of the cultural opportunities and are meeting some terrific people in our other activities. I am a volunteer for SCORE and taking a class on “Cultural Literacy.” Susan is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC), joined a newcomer’s club, and is studying German. We work out regularly at a nearby gym, and are beginning to dabble in local politics.

Less fun are the medical tests that we are going through. They are mostly routine for a proactive health program, and are overdue because of the shortcomings of the New Orleans health system over the last couple of years.

We spent a long weekend in Asheville NC, checking it out as another highly recommended retirement city. We are committed to Cincinnati, but keeping our options open.

After two days at home we left for a cruise to Canada and New England. The highlights were visits to friends in Bar Harbor and Boston. We also enjoyed a tour relating to the role of Halifax in recovery efforts in the Titanic tragedy. Freeport ME was also a fun stop.

After four more days at home Susan traveled to Chicago for the funeral of a dear uncle. We are beginning to suffer from the very high cost of flying out of CVG, the nation’s most expensive as I understand it.

Back in Cincinnati, we were guests of UC’s Entrepreneurship program for a night at a Reds game, watching from the Pilot House in center field. Lounge chairs, catered food, and a waitress make this the best way to watch baseball. The Reds won.

Stay tuned for periodic reports of our progress. Our next few reports will return to more news of the recovery process in New Orleans.

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