1992 Christmas Letter
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Another year has passed, so very fast it seems.
We have become more active in our church (Beverly Hills Presbyterian). Alan was elected to the board of Deacons in March and Cheryl was elected in November. Cheryl continues as alto soloist at the church.
We took our first driving vacation this last summer. We drove to Dallas to visit Cheryl's family. On the way out, we spent a few days at the Grand Canyon - utterly spectacular! On the way back we saw Carlsbad Caverns and spent a couple days at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The driving was actually kind of fun. We had plenty of music cassette tapes plus we checked a bunch of audio books out from the library before we left. We listened to several of them and they really helped pass the miles.
Cheryl started at USC this fall, working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice. It adds to her already busy schedule but is very rewarding. Cheryl also took the lead in forming a new vocal group, Zephyr, to give her a more satisfying performance outlet. Zephyr is composed of 12 singers of solo quality and no conductor. Their first concert was standing room only at Loyola Marymount University on Halloween.
Alan still enjoys working at TRW. But times are still tough in the defense business and that tempers the enjoyment somewhat. Alan still commutes to work by bicycle whenever he can. He still runs but less regularly with travel demands.
Alan missed a lot of time at home due to business travel this year. There was a 1 week trip to Washington, D.C. the first week of June. But then there were 3 weeks in Washington, D.C. from September 17 to October 7. And then he was barely home before he turned around and spent almost 6 weeks in Scotland, from October 17 to November 25. The work was challenging and rewarding but exhausting, with little time off and 12+ hour days every day -- not much sight seeing. The travel is just tougher on both of us when we have to be apart for so long. Cheryl is lobbying for future trips to be in the summer (these trips were originally supposed to be in the summer) so that she can come along. Alan always understood and Cheryl now understands that these trips are never actually nailed down as to schedule until the plane takes off.
For 1993, Cheryl will continue with teaching at Loyola Marymount University, singing with Zephyr and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and, of course, USC. Alan hopes to be home for a while, but there is the prospect for more travel in 1993.
Our best wishes to you for this holiday season and for the new year. May God bless you.