Friday, May 12, 2017 excerpt from my diary…
- So, two days prior to departure, how did I do regarding using my eight weeks to prepare for the trip? Answer, pretty poorly in most categories; but strongest in the category that counts the most—spending quality time with my wife (who will be alone for several months.)
o Walking / hiking to get in shape: 2/3 (out of 10.) Didn’t do often enough and didn’t really exert myself; largely because most walks were with Laurie.
o Reading up on the Meuse-Argonne and other Battles: 3. Still have lots to do when I get over.
o Getting 8 – 10 days of research at the National Archives: 3 or 4. Only did 4 days. That said, I had some good experiences—especially learning about the Griffin Photos.
o Learning more about the German side: 3 or 4. Ordered regimental histories from Patrick Schallert, but have not spent time with them.
o Relaxing / De-stressing in-between latest employment and “sabbatical” in France: 8.
o Spending quality and quantity time with Laurie: 8 or 9. No big expensive trips; but made sure we spent some good time together.
- I think she’d agree with these numbers. (But why ask?)