Stitched pano from Loghill Mesa looking down on the town of Ridgway. Larger view is here.
1952 circumstantial evidence points to birth.
1959 discovers, intellectually, that there is evil in the world.
discovers, again intellectually and by using a string and a globe, that an airplane will fly a much shorter distance by using the polar route from US to Japan.
wonders wtf is up with Mercator re the size of Greenland.
figures out has to live with evil in the world though there will be satisfyingly serendipitous discoveries.
1973 ups and downs, mostly pretty good though.
1974 a serendipitous decision to transfer to Wheaton College from NAU Flagstaff, mostly about getting closer to a girlfriend.
1976 a serendipitous decision (which we will now assume describes nearly every choice) to get engaged.
decide to spend the summer in London/Oxford studying literature and doing research at the Bodleian Library on the Celtic cognates of the much later Arthurian Romance. Write two monographs one of which gets published.
meet lifelong friends—the future bride (not the engagee) and Baf who are also in the same program. considers, during a visit to Ambleside in the Lake District, that the future bride ought to be kissed, but refrains because of the prior engagement.
return, get married, the future bride and Baf attending. Move to Oak Park near Chicago, work nights since the degree in medieval european history is so marketable.
1977 move back to San Diego, work for master cabinetmaker Charles Davis, learn how to actually hold a hammer the correct way.
marriage dissolves, lives alone with cat; surf and work and feed cat.
1980 the future bride has business meeting in LA, agrees to take train down to SD and visits for a weekend. She kisses me first.
pack up everything and move to Dallas. Friends and family advise against. Get work at architectural millwork firm, eventually, years later, become vp of company.
1981 marry the no longer future bride. She is one of only three (including me and Baf) who attends both of my weddings, though she has a starring role in second one.
1988 First child
1989 Second child
1991 Third child; vasectomy
2000 (circa) accept invitation to use home of friend in Ridgway, Colorado. Discover the bride's college roommate lives ¼ mile away.
2004 in what has become an annual visit to Loghill Village home of friend in Ridgway, takes other friends Lisa and Steve along. Twilightish Zone encounter when local friend, the bride's former college roommate, comes for dinner and brings another couple.
mouths stay open in wonder for a while when Lisa and husband of other couple discover they were prom dates in Dallas many years previous.
looks around for Kevin Bacon.
2006 we, the bride and I, buy lot in Loghill Village. 8,000 feet above sea level means an eventual escape from hades/Dallas.
2008 joins Open Salon in April
2011 finally decide to do something about building a home on our lot in Loghill Village.
2012 contact the husband of that other couple/prom date for recommendations for a local architect.
we connect with Sundra of Hines Designs, an architect of magna cum laude abilities and artistry and understands when I say we're looking for a synthesis of Bauhaus, Arts and Craft, Greene and Greene, Japanese aesthetic, Philip Johnson and Olson Kundig.
east elevation, which will show the Cimarrons with evening alpine glow
south elevation, entrance
The view from the east elevation of our home showing The Cimarrons, peaks from left include Tower, Courthouse, Precipice. Larger view is here.
Coda: Yes, I've been absent of late, life has consumed our days, things need to be done, care needs to be given and the triage of time insists on changes. Best to all, and for those that stop by, thanks for the affection and friendship these past four years.
I have another post I'll put up in a week or so. It will show some images of a couple of projects recently completed—a jewelry holder made for a friend using a design inspired by a Japanese Shinto Torii gate, and a Mid-century low console made for the hipster artist son in Austin.
photos are © copyright barry b. doyle · all rights reserved
drawings are the sole property and © copyright of Hines Designs · all rights reserved
used with permission
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