The 1997 Canterbury Christmas
Holiday Time again...and you know what that means...time for the annual
Canterbury Christmas letter! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you!
We hope that all has been well in your lives during the past 12 months.
Our year started off with a
bang when we went to California to see Ohio State win the Rose Bowl on January 1! It
was a great game, and we got to do all of the other tourist things as well: Hollywood, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive, La Brea tar pits, and the
Tournament of Roses parade.
Our tenth anniversary was
in March, and we spent it in the Florida Keys, including anniversary dinner at Little Palm Island. The
enclosed picture is of Nancy and I at sunset in Key West. In addition to sightseeing, we did
a lot of snorkeling, and I earned my scuba diving certification. Impressive, yes, but even more impressive when you consider that I
learned to swim just five months earlier. One really exciting moment
during our snorkeling was when a shark went swimming along right in front of
us! That really gets the ol' heart pumping! It was a
nurse shark, which usually don't bite unless threatened. Obviously, we left him
alone. We also took a seaplane ride to Fort Jefferson National Park on Dry Tortugas, an island about 70 miles west of Key West.
We enjoyed the Keys so much
that we repeated the trip, taking a long Thanksgiving weekend to visit again.
This time, we took friends Jim and Laura Blackshire
along with us. Jim and I went scuba diving together, while Laura and Nancy
enjoyed an afternoon by the pool and swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center.
Jim and I, along with his
brother-in-law Paul spent some time this summer on our long-term mission of
hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, section by section. We've now done almost everything from
the southern part of Shenandoah National Park to the Pennsylvania/New Jersey
border. But there's so much more to go! Another weekend, I was hiking the trail
with a neighbor when I almost stepped on a rattlesnake. (This seems to be the
year for dangerous wildlife for me.) I hadn't realized I could jump 10 feet
straight backwards until then. The snake rattled his rattle to let me know he
wasn't happy, then moved on. I was quite glad of that.
Nancy and I continue to be
active in Ohio State alumni activities. This year, it
was Nancy's turn to be elected president,
while I get to be Internet chair. The Washington, DC club was once again recognized as
one of the best clubs in the country. Nancy received an award from OSU for her
dedication to alumni activities. And, we continued to see a lot of Ohio State football this year, going to four
games in Columbus plus one at Penn State.
In October we went to Baltimore to see the Cleveland Indians play
the Orioles in Game 2 of the ALCS playoffs. Wonder of wonders, the Indians won!
They usually lose when I go to see them.
On the career front, Nancy has continued to work for ACS in Fairfax, VA, honing her computer skills. I
finally finished up my contract at IBM after staying for four years. From July
to December, I worked on a contract at Sallie Mae. Sallie Mae is a company that
provides student loans, and was until recently a branch of the US government. In December, I accepted
a new contract working for Caliber Technology in Akron, Ohio as a DB2 DBA (for those who know
what that is). At present, I'm commuting between Ohio and Virginia, returning home on weekends.
Our two cats, Snickers and
Brutus, continue to do well. Brutus loves anyone who will get close enough,
while Snickers loves us, but not much else; cranky probably describes her best.
Other odds and ends from
the year: We saw a band called Vertical Horizon at Wolf Trap this year. They
are not well-known, but I recommend them to anyone. We also saw Emerson Lake and Palmer at Wolf Trap, and
Phantom of the Opera at the Kennedy Center. We saw U2 play a concert in Ohio
Stadium in Columbus, and visited Cedar Point amusement
park for the first time in over 10 years.
We hope that 1998 is a
happy and joyous year for you. And visit our web page, http://www.thecanterburys.com/. (Yes,
Nancy and Jerry Canterbury