July 10th, 2008



Three years ago, I mentioned that my younger brother and his family had moved to Richmond, Virginia so that my brother could take a new job as the Associate Dean for Career Services at the University of Richmond School of Law. (See Meet My Younger Brother, but note that the first link no longer works.)

It was a big move for Josh and a milestone for all of us. For the few years before, Josh and his wife and family had been living in New York City, so I always knew that when we went to visit Mom we'd be able to see Josh as well. After he and his family moved to Richmond, it seemed unlikely that I'd get to see him as frequently as I had before.

Indeed, that turned out to be true. Nomi and I made it down to Richmond only once in the past few years, and that was primarily to attend RavenCon in 2006. (My RavenCon 2006 reports can be found here, here, and here.) As I reported, Josh picked us up from the hotel after the convention ended and took us to spend Sunday night in the house. It was the one and only time I visited him in Richmond.

And now he's moving on.

Today, Joshua, Rachel, and their three kids are beginning a ten-day drive across the country. What with Mom having died last year and other life issues, they've decided they want to be closer to Rachel's mother, who is their children's last surviving grandparent. So, in a few weeks, they'll arrive in Eugene, Oregon, where Josh will take on the role of Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services Office at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Josh, knowing me as I do, keeps pointing out that Eugene is a center for science fiction and fantasy writing. Maybe with him there, that'll finally give me the impetus to check out the Pacific Northwest.

I just hope that with the time difference we'll still be able to keep up our habit of talking on the phone a few times each week.

The Great Drive, Day One

I spoke to Josh today and mentioned that I was thinking of blogging their trip across the country. For some reason I can't fathom, he was very excited about the idea, so here goes.

Today Josh and Rachel drove from Richmond, Virginia, to Charleston, West Virginia. I was actually in Charleston once to visit a college roommate, so I keep thinking of all the things they could be doing as tourists...but the timing probably won't work out. They've got three kids and three cats in tow.

Anyway, Josh sent me a few photos from day one, so here they are. Here's Rachel driving the car:

Rachel Driving Rachel Driving

Josh made sure to purchase a copy of the New York Times at a Starbucks in Virginia, in case I had a letter in it. He tells me he plans to stop at a Starbucks every day so he can keep up with the Times:

New York Times From Waynesboro, VA New York Times From Waynesboro, VA

This was the first sight that greeted them as they crossed the border from Virginia to West Virginia:

First Sight in West Virginia First Sight in West Virginia

And here's a sign from the first rest area/tourist spot they stopped at:

Rest Stop in West Virginia Rest Stop in West Virginia

Finally, Josh asked me to pass along a request.

Rachel is an X-Files fan. I mean, a major X-Files fan. She is such a big X-Files fan that she already has a ticket to the new movie "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" for the 10 pm showing on the night of Friday July 25 at the Eugene Valley River Center movie theater. Note that is only one ticket, not two, as Josh isn't interested in seeing the film. So Rachel is looking for a group of people with which to see the film.

In short, if you're in the Eugene, Oregon area and would like to go see the new X-Files movie with my sister-in-law, let me know. I'll pass the message along.