Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Genealogy Journal - 07/15/08

This was not a big genealogy day today, but it was an interesting day, ruined by the length of the MLB All-Star Game, which ended after 10:30 my time (1:30 in NYC).

I was on the computer and reading email and blogs by 8:30 a.m. (I watched Pres Bush toy with the reporters today), and then posted about Dan Waddell's request for descendants of murderers. I worked a bit more in FTM 2008 and put together Post 4 in my Using FTM 2008 series. I remembered that today was the deadline for the CoG about Age, so I wrote up Age - Mind over Matter?

I had lunch, then left at 12:10 p.m. and picked up my friend Walt to take him to the medical center in Kearny Mesa for his cataract appointment. On the way home, I stopped at a used book store on Adams Avenue in SD and looked for San Diego, colonial New England and family Bibles - there were some interesting things but I didn't buy any. Then I drove all the way down 30th Street, circled my home-boy block several times and others too, and drove through southeast SD before picking up I-805 on 47th. The old house looks the same, and the neighborhood too, except Snippy's, the bar on the next block, is being expanded a bit. How come everything in this neighborhood looks smaller now? It must be because I remember it with little-boy eyes and not adult eyes.

I was home by 2 p.m., and read my email and blogs again. I subscribed to WorldVitalRecords yesterday, so I spent a good 90 minutes methodically putting my elusive ancestor names into the search engine. Nary a one gave me a new lead. Drat. At 4 p.m., I had had enough and Linda wanted to do her email, so I went in to read the paper, have a nap, watch the news, and watch the All-Star Game on TV. We had dinner watching the game, and I read almost half of the latest David Baldacci book until it was over. Then I hurried in here and read email and blogs, wrote this post, and missed taking a walk.

Genealogy today is tough to calculate - maybe 6.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 2.0 hours researching and writing blog posts, 1.5 hours researching in WVR, and 1.5 hours wandering around book stores and home-boy SD.

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