1999 Christmas Letter
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
At the time of last year’s letter, we were leaving for England. We were there on vacation from approximately December 16 to January 7. We spent two weeks in a cottage in the delightful village of Chagford, Devon (southwest England) with a few days in the Cotswolds at the beginning and a few days in Dorset at the end of the trip. Christmas in England was delightful. We did find that the English sing many of our Chrismas carols to completely unfamiliar (to us) tunes.
During the summer, we got away for a 2 week trip to California’s north coast. We stayed at a B&B with a fantastic panoramic ocean view and filled our days with exhilarating hikes through redwood forests. It was wonderful!
Cheryl says that there is nothing new with her. She still teaches voice at Loyola Marymount University and her group Zephyr (she is the founder), a 12 voice conductorless ensemble is doing great. They expect to release their second and third CDs during the year 2000. They even sang at a special Hollywood Bowl event this year, a tribute to the Beatles, Sir George Martin conducting. In other performing, she will be the soloist in the Brahms Alto Rhapsody and Menotti’s Bishop of Brindisi this spring. Cheryl had a significant birthday in September and Alan gave her a gift of 10 private training sessions at our health club. So in addition to being fleet of foot, she may now be a future Ms. Universe (senior or masters division)!
Alan continues on as well. He concluded (mostly) the 2 jobs he had been doing at TRW for the past year or two and has started a completely new job at TRW. He still doesn’t say a word about what he does, but it is completely different and a brand new technical challenge. This was so exciting that he dug out some old math books from the garage and ordered some new technical books over the internet! Alan also keeps up his running and weight training.
After being gone last Christmas, we are excited about having a Christmas at home in California this year. We continue to be blessed by our church, Riviera United Methodist in Redondo Beach. Cheryl’s singing is much appreciated. Alan still also sings in the choir, getting help from his live in voice teacher, Cheryl, when he needs it.
We wish you success and happiness in this coming significant year 2000!
Alan and Cheryl