2000 Christmas Letter

Dear first_name,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

It’s been quite a year for Alan and Cheryl.  We saw the turnover to year 2000, went to Europe twice, Alan started a new project at TRW, Cheryl started a new career chapter, and oh yes, we are both training for the Los Angeles marathon to be held March 4, 2001.

The first trip to Europe started in June.  Alan left for Spain to spend 2 1/2 weeks working at the US base in Rota for a former TRW project.  Cheryl couldn’t join him then since she had commitments at home.  But we had planned to vacation in France anyway.  So, near the end of June, Alan left Spain to fly to Bordeaux as Cheryl left Los Angeles to fly to Bordeaux via Paris.  There was some travel nightmare in this, specifically an Air France strike that necessitated Cheryl taking a train from Paris to Bordeaux, and lost luggage (both of us).  But everything did get resolved and we had a wonderful vacation.  We spent most of the time in a rented farm cottage (gîte) in the Dordogne.  The sightseeing was wonderful, the food was scrumptious, and our cottage was SO QUIET.

The second trip to Europe was the first two weeks of September.  Alan went to Greece (island of Crete) to work on the same TRW project as he had on the Spain trip.  And this time, Cheryl was able to join him.  It’s a long way to Crete (especially with a 5 hour layover in Athens) with a lot of jet lag, but we did have a great time.  Driving in Greece was just this side of terrifying, but it kept us alert!  And Alan even had a weekend off, so he was able to do some sightseeing as well.

Cheryl was able to go to Greece because of the new direction in her career.  She resigned from the faculty of Loyola Marymount University and so is no longer tied to the academic calendar.  She now has more time for performing, including with the group “Zephyr: Voices Unbound” which she founded in 1992.   She is still teaching privately at home, and is passionately learning to knit.

Alan started a new project at TRW in August.  It’s very new stuff to him but he’s learning the ropes and enjoying doing new things.  Speaking of new things, this fall he took a class at UCLA on Tuesday evenings “Spacecraft Attitude, Dynamics, and Control”.  All the students are either TRW or Boeing folks, as is the instructor.  It’s been a tough class but rewarding. Being a student is a lot harder now than it was a few decades ago.

We are training for and officially entered in the Los Angeles Marathon to be held March 4, 2001.  Cheryl had always wanted to do one and Alan, although he has completed 20 marathons, hasn’t done one since 1991.  However, after turning 50, Alan thought that doing a marathon again would be a good thing to do.  This will be different though – no trying to run fast courting breakdown and pain.  Slow and fun is our motto.  We train separately during the week, and do one long run together every Saturday.  Wish us luck.

Our best wishes to you in 2001.   





Alan and Cheryl