Dayton: July 31, 2015
Between thunderstorms there have been some fantastic summer days in the last two weeks. I hear the collective sigh, “Corn… and now the weather?”
Yes, it’s true. It feels like beach weather and when I lament Ohio’s landlocked condition, Kyle says tersely “We’ve got Caesar Creek—and Nick’s swimming pool….” Caesar Creek State Park, twenty miles southeast of Dayton, contains a large reservoir. I visited there years ago, and saw my life flash before me several times during a terrifying ride in a motorboat towing Kim on water-skis. Swimming in our friend Nick’s pool at night after rehearsal has been magical; the darkness punctuated by stars and fireflies and the lights of an occasional Boeing C17 coming into land at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“I visited there years ago, and saw my life flash before me several times during a terrifying ride in a motorboat towing Kim on water-skis.”
Speaking of the Air Force, these rehearsals come to a close with the Air Force Museum unvisited and still on my list. Recently added: Huffman Prairie Flying Field—suggested by someone who read last week’s FB post—where the “first practical airplane” was flown by local luminaries the brothers-Wright. My informant claims he can sense the momentous feat which occurred in the field, and that I will feel it too; as if the legend has suffused the soil, or the air. My mind starts to wander to similar claims made about Glastonbury and King Arthur, but my musing is interrupted by his suddenly pointed remark that Kitty Hawk’s “first in flight” epithet should more accurately read “a wide sloping beach and a stiff breeze.” He didn’t mention the Gustave Whitehead-powered-flight-two-years-prior-in-Connecticut controversy, but I expect there’s a law against speaking of it in Ohio.
Next week: Needlepoint.
P.S. For those of you wanting news from the actual rehearsal sessions, see the above photo of Kim playing a new chord in one of the new songs. However, don’t get too attached to it, because I can’t guarantee it will still be in the song by the time of next rehearsals.