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First time in England
22 Oct 2023
First time in England    22 Oct 2023
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My first time in England was not a few weeks ago, when we disembarked at Heathrow's Terminal four.

And my first time in England wasn't years ago when I worked for a Chiswick (West London) publisher, the cold yet whimsical SilverPlatter Information.

Splatter (my abbreviation) was my third tech job, and it would prove to be one of my longest, three years. I wrote software that scrunched and compressed and retrieved information (brings to mind Newman's PO, the "controllers of information"). But I didn't get to work in Chiswick unfortunately but in their charming old-mill Wellesley office, and later in their gorgeous Sausalito waterfront office. Why Marin? Well, it was a popular location post-Antelope with followers of the Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh, one of whom was our president.

Oh yeah, I was talking about England. Well, working for Splatter I got to make the occasional trip to London, usually staying at a pleasant inn in Sloane Square, to make meetings at headquarters between evening explorations of the city, by foot and tube.

No, my first time in England was at my beginning. I was born at a hospital in the West London borough of Ruislip, then spent my first few years in the charming Farnborough home pictured below. Farnborough, a town associated with aviation, is west of, but not West London.

Of course I don't remember those years, but mom shared fond memories of that period, so I'll go with that. We were in Farnborough because my dad, an officer in the US Navy, was stationed out of Ruislip. It was the Navy that took him around the globe, including Shanghai, which is where he met a Russian immigrant who later became my mother.

After those years in England dad was called back to the states. A few more moves later he chose to retire from the military, something he later regretted, and we settled in his home state of Texas. A far cry from England, mom was never crazy about Texas, but she made the best of it.

 
 
 
 
Farnborough house (1953)  
 
 
 
 
Farnborough house (1953)  
 
 
 
 
Farnborough house (1953)  
 
 
 
My sister Virginia with Mom who is pregnant with me (1954)  
 
 
 
 
My sister Virginia with Mom who is pregnant with me (1954)  
 
 
 
 
My sister Virginia with Mom who is pregnant with me (1954)  
 
 
 
Dad and Virginia  
 
 
 
 
Dad and Virginia  
 
 
 
 
Dad and Virginia  
 
 
 
Moi, Dad, and my sister Virginia (1954)  
 
 
 
 
Moi, Dad, and my sister Virginia (1954)  
 
 
 
 
Moi, Dad, and my sister Virginia (1954)  
 
 
 
Mom and me (1954)  
 
 
 
 
Mom and me (1954)  
 
 
 
 
Mom and me (1954)  
 
 
 
Farnborough house in winter (~1956)  
 
 
 
 
Farnborough house in winter (~1956)  
 
 
 
 
Farnborough house in winter (~1956)  
 
 
 
 
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