David’s Diary – November 24, 1969

Monday, 24 November 1969

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast—then my main accomplishment in the morning was to get some Hebrew done. Also put up a gate into Bonnie’s work room—to keep Debbie out, but to allow us to leave the door open and let warm air in. Late in the morning I got to work on Aramaic. We had a late lunch, then got back to work on Aramaic. This was my main preoccupation the rest of the day. Bonnie went to work, Debbie played. Late in the afternoon I watched the splashdown of Apollo 12 (about 3:58) Then back to work on Aramaic. Fixed supper, fed Debbie, then Bonnie + I ate when she got home shortly after 7:00. Bonnie went to Community Rehearsal, I worked further on Aramaic. Watched the 11 o’clock news. Then bathed; then went to bed to read, only very briefly; lights out 11:55.

Tuesday, 25 November 1969

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast, shaved then got to work at my desk. Read a little, but had to get ready to catch the train. Made my lunch—since Bonnie was still feeling pretty out of it. Caught the 11:15 train; when I got to Boston went to Sears to pick up slide-projector bulb, then walked to BU, arrived shortly after 1:00. Ate my lunch, then waited for Aramaic—chatted with several people. Aramaic from 2:00–3:00. Made arrangements with Dr. Brown to pick him up Sunday. Then left for North Station. Sat with Jim Bussey on the way home—the train was delayed over an hour. Got home about 6:40. Watched the rest of CBS News—had supper. Played with Debbie briefly, then got to work translating Hebrew. Worked on this until about 10:30, then stopped to bathe. Went to bed, read about Vermeer; LO about 11:40.

Wednesday, 26 November 1969

Got up shortly before 9:00. ^ —after Θ ^ Had breakfast, shaved, went to the Granite Bank, got $45 in cash. Then went to Gloucester to buy a watch band (+ earrings for Bonnie)  When I got home I read through the mail when it came—then tried to work on Hebrew—but was weary. Stretched out about noon. Fell sound asleep. Bonnie napped too. We got up about 1:30, had lunch, then I got back to work on Hebrew. We were expecting Paul + Marty in the late afternoon. They didn’t arrive, so I kept working on Hebrew. Then watched CBS news. About 7:30 Paul phoned from Schenectady. They won’t be coming til tomorrow. Will meet them in Avon. Then we had our supper. Then I got back to work on Hebrew. But about 9:30 (?) the Busseys dropped by (to see Paul + Marty!)  but they stayed til 10:30—had a snack with us. We got ready for bed (bathed) when they left. OB to read; finished Vermeer book. LO 12:11.

Thursday, 27 November 1969

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast, shaved, loaded the car—we were on the road by 10 o’clock. We arrived in Avon at about 11:10. Emil’s family was there. Roy’s son, Lee, a college student, is an active member of the peace movement, so we had a common interest, and we joined up in debating Vietnam with his parents. Paul + Marty arrived about 12:30—we had Thanksgiving Dinner about 1:00. The afternoon was spent relaxing. We took a lot of pictures, and did some recording of a tape to send to Malaysia. [1] Grandma served supper about 5:00. Then at 6:00 we began making arrangements – for returning to Rockport. Marty rode with us, and Paul took Bonnie. We got back here shortly after 8:00. Busseys came over, and we spent the evening visiting. Busseys left about 11:00. Then we gradually headed for bed. OBLO, 11:51.

Friday, 28 November 1969

Up shortly before 9:00. Had breakfast, shaved. Then got to work reading for my sermon. I read Fosdick’s autobiography some time ago, but needed to skim through it again. This proved to take most of the time that I was able to devote to the sermon. The mail man brought slides [from] Jerusalem, from Israel’s Dept. of Antiquities—slides on Qumran which I’d ordered. We had a late lunch. I worked further with Fosdick. I got to the place where I’m ready to write—but goofed off from 5:30 to 6:30 watched CBS news. Then we went to Busseys—then I drove back to Rockport for Niemi’s wedding rehearsal in our car. At 8:30 returned to Busseys. We had supper visited, home by 10:30 or 11:00. Got ready for bed. OBLO 11:50.

Saturday, 29 November 1969

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast, then visited with Paul + Marty as they got ready to leave. They took off shortly after 11:00. I then tended to getting film ready to send to Mail-a-way. I took the envelope to the P.O. just before noon. Came home, turned my attention to getting my study straightened up. After lunch turned to doing the wedding bulletins for the wedding in the evening. 200 bulletins. Took these to the church about 4:00. Came home, helped Bonnie get the house in order. Finally was getting under way on my sermon when Rev. Jones [?] + his wife arrived about 6:00. We then visited with them—showed them the parsonage, which they left 20 years ago. Discussed the parish. Then about 7:00 we went to the church. Wedding at 7:30. Then we went to Peg Leg. Ate with Jones, then parted. I came home about 9:30. Started on bulletin. Finished, bathed, Θ, ^ ! ^ then wrote the sermon  OBLO 2:08.

Sunday, 30 November 1969

Up about 8:00. Had breakfast, did more preparation for the service, shaved, dressed. Taught my Sunday school class from 9:30–10:30. Then went to the church. Preached on Fosdick—had a larger than usual crowd: 47. Didn’t get home til almost 1:00. After eating, dozed—napped. Then at 2:30 we began getting ready to go to Boston—left about 2:45—arrived at Dr. Brown’s apartment at 1402 Beacon street just at 4:00. Then we drove back to Rockport. Dr. Brown had supper with us and we had a nice visit. Then about 7:00 we left for Wesley Church after leaving Debbie with Patriquins. Dr. Brown spoke to Methodist Men on Palestine, basing his lecture on slides. The meeting was over by 9:00. But we lingered afterwards chatting. Then we returned to Rockport—Busseys took Brown home. We stayed at Patriquins a while, then came home. I contemplated my reading list for 1st Qualifying Exam, bathed; OBLO, 1:30.

[1] Bonnie’s parents were still there as missionaries at the time.

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1 thought on “David’s Diary – November 24, 1969

  1. davidmadison1942

    “Roy’s son, Lee, a college student, is an active member of the peace movement, so we had a common interest, and we joined up in debating Vietnam with his parents. Paul + Marty arrived about 12:30—we had Thanksgiving Dinner about 1:00.” That great American tradition: Thanksgiving and politics!

    “for Niemi’s wedding rehearsal in our car.” This is a textbook example of a dangling modifier!

    “Preached on Fosdick” He was an amazing pastor–at Riverside Church in NYC. His sermons sometimes were reported in the New York Times.


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