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\F3\C3689 SOUTH COURT
\CPALO ALTO, CA. 94306
\F1\CFebruary 16, 1975
The recent arrival of an ARTA newsletter reminded me that it
has been all too long since I last wrote to you. In fact, I think
that you have given up on me, for you never seem to miss calling me
around Christmas time, when you are over on the "mainland" for a
Digression: I decided to call Heather and Hardy to see what
you were really up to. Heather answered and mentioned that you were
in the area around the beginning of December, and then went off to
your sister's for Christmas. She also said that she will be going
over to Hawaii next week for a visit, and a rummaging thru your dad`s
clothes closets. I asked her what else is new, and she mentioned
that you are about to start on your house addition. She also
informed me that you were not pregnant. That took me back a bit, but
I recovered and asked if you were married yet- ah, to my relief, you
are not, and she doesn't know of any immediate prospects. Well, she
also added that your boating partner is comming stateside shortly...
but don't get rid of that boat yet!! I'll make it over there
sometime soon, cause I want to sail that Sol Cat.
Back to the letter. I feel I should fill you in on the
events in my life since I last saw you about six months ago. Most of
my time has been spent at and around Vicarm. We have orders for arms
from General Motors, and have already delivered an arm to Texas
Instruments Corp. Unfortunately, I never seem to be able to estimate
properly just how much time it will take to make these arms. Then
too, all my customers insist on endless phone converations and free
consulting. I try to avoid too much of this by just not answering
the phone, but still I end up spending a good part of my time
answering questions... and also handling administrative details.
Since June I have also been a full time student at Stanford-
supposedly working on my PhD. I guess I mentioned that the official
field is Automation, and the topic has to do with total automation of
manufacturing processes. For example an engineer or architect sits
down in front of a computer console and designs a part or structure.
The computer helps her do it. Then, when the design is all done, the
computer gives a time and cost and materials summary. If this is
acceptable, the computer is then commanded to actually MAKE the
design. Obviously, I can only work on simple aspects of this total
automation, but in the future, I can see whole buildings made with
almost no manpower.
I had planned some sort of mid-winter adventure, either a
skiing trip, or else a trip to Hawaii, but my father died suddenly on
Jan. 28, and I've only recently returned from New York. It was the
common "heart attack" which got him, while at his office. Apparantly
he died suddenly and peacefully, for by the time his patient realized
what had happened and called the police it was all over.
One thing I've learned from this recent experience is to
relax occaisionally and realize that it's not always best to plan too
far into the future. Do it now, or else don't plan on ever doing it.
My father had all sorts of plans for himself, and his boys- but only
saw the beginnings of these taking shape. Such is life.
My brother Dick, is happily settled in Petrolia. Thats the
small town just south of Eureka. He has his 40 acres, and is
spending the rainy season in a rented mobile home. His plans are to
start building his permanent house soon after the roads are passable
in spring. It sounds like the tropical jungles, and it almost is
just that, for he is on the rain forest belt near the northern Calif.
As for my dwellings, the new cabin above Los Gatos almost has
2 new bedrooms, and another bath. I say almost because I've rented
it to a couple of Stanford students, one of which is a summertime
carpenter. He's been working on these additions as part of his rent.
The interior walls are all that's left to be done.
Now that I will be having my mother out here in California
more often. (We really dont know yet just how she will feel living
alone in New York- she is trying it for a while and will come out
here next month for a visit)- I am starting to get the details of
that backyard guest house (the one with the round fiberglass roof)
together. I even had a carpenter come over. He will be giving me an
estimate shortly. The main hassle is the plumbing. I must tie into
the house sewer line and to get the proper slope of 1/8 inch/foot
minimum allowable I will have to have the toilet and sewer pipe a bit
above ground level near the house. The pipe will have to be protected while
above ground. So I am thinking of making a long planter box section
with the sewer pipe running inside the front concrete wall. This
will run along one side of the yard- far enough so that at one end
the sewer pipe will have sloped into the ground. The other end will
have to go right up to the new structure.
I am now social chairman of the Multihull Racing Association
of the San Francisco Bay area. So besides racing my Hobie, I
organize social events. My big undertaking so far was the Xmas party
last Dec. with over 80 people attending. I finished third overall
last year. Hopefully I will do better this year. It helps to go to
all the races. When I go, I usually do well, but the races I miss
also count in the final totals too. I haven't been out too much
lately, but am still just as enthused as ever to go sailing. And,
I'm also real eager to come out the Honolulu for a visit and a sail in
you super boat. Yes, I do know what the Sol Cat is, and have even
sailed against them. They are very comparable the the Hobie, execpt
a bit more sophisticated.
As for other details, I'm still quite unattached, in the
sense that I have not yet found any woman to my 100% liking. One of
these years I'll have to compromise and settle for a realistic
choice. When you are 32, you start thinking about whether you will
have a family or not- rather than when and how large a family you'll
have. I guess that you too have the same thoughts?
I gather that your father is planning on moving to San Fran.
on a sort of permanent basis, and will have just a room in your new
house for his visits to Hawaii. What are your plans? With your
house building ideas, I gather that you are planning on staying
Well, now it's your turn to write... a short note at least.
Hopefully, I will be organized and relaxed enough to reply sooner the