I was drove Alex back to Harrisonburg and dreaded making the return trip alone in the dark, but with the full moon providing just the right amount of softly silver light and a good audio program to listen to (I am finishing Donald Kagan’s Greek history series) , it was actually very pleasant.
Alex is doing well at college, but it is a tough transition for him. He started in the spring semester, as a junior and got stuck in the dorm farthest away from campus. It is an overflow dorm. It used to be a hotel and is not actually on the JMU campus at all. These types of things make a big difference and he just had bad luck with all of them. He is doing well in classes, however, and I think he will adapt all right. I think what he really misses is his job at Home Depot. That gave him contact with people and something useful to work on. They really seemed to like him there. I hope he can get the job back for the summer.
The picture up top shows Alex at Cracker Barrel, where we stopped in Woodstock along I-81. They sell good old fashioned food. I had a good pot roast with mushrooms. Alex had sirloin steak. It feels like home. They had a wood fire burning in the fireplace. It is a nice smell. They sell that old fashioned candy shown in the middle picture.
At the bottom is the sushi shop at Tysons. It is not related to the other pictures or text. The conveyor is in constant motion. I don’t know how they can tell who takes what and how much they should pay. It reminds me of those old cartoons portraying modern times.