|I drove the truck and Pat drove our car|
with Rayna from Omaha to Cincinnati
|Rayna in our Cincinnati apartment, Aug 1980|
|Rayna in our Cincinnati apartment, late 1980|
Pat had a very difficult time adjusting to that move. While I was a work, she was stranded in an edgy neighborhood with our one-year-old daughter in a steamy apartment. Eventually I figured out how to use public transportation to get to work and back, but I still took the car more than I should have. She tried to explore that neighborhood with Rayna, but it really wasn’t close to any decent shopping areas, business areas, healthcare facilities, or any parks that she would want to visit.
|Pat and Rayna at The Cincinnati Zoo mid-1981|
|Clark and Rayna at the Cincinnati Zoo mid-1981|
|Rayna in our Cincinnati apartment mid-1981|
After the one-year lease on our apartment ended, we “Got the Hell Out of Town.” We moved across the river into a large apartment complex in Erlanger Kentucky where we lived in a nice two-story, two-bedroom townhouse, with air conditioning and a patio outside the back slider. The complex also had a pool, but the only kind of pool Clark likes involves knocking balls around on a felt-covered table with a long stick. I don’t remember Pat and Rayna using the pool much.
|Front - Casey & Rayna Back - Missy & Angel|
There was also a young couple who lived in the apartment next door to ours that were not so friendly at first. The guy had a large pickup that was very loud. One day he was sitting in the truck parked in front of their apartment just revving the engine over and over making an incredibly loud noise that terrified Rayna. Pat went running out the door and bitched him out big time for frightening our daughter. I thought I was going to get into a fight with him, although I didn’t leave the townhouse. However, he came over the next day and apologized repeatedly about it, saying he hadn’t realized the noise was scaring Rayna. After that we were actually more cordial with that couple.
|Clark's Mom and Aunt Pauline 1981|
in Erlanger Ky
|Clark's brother Bill Rayna (with ball) |
and his daughter Karena in eastern PA 1981
|Jane and Pat at Bill's house in eastern PA 1981|
with Andrea, Karena and Rayna
I had many good friends while working in The University of Cincinnati library system. Don T. was an exceptional scholar and friend. Randy R. was a Kentucky native and another very good friend, whom Pat and I socialized with. He and his wife treated Pat and I to a sumptuous bon voyage dinner at a restaurant at the top of the high-rise Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati before we moved away in 1983. Les V. was another good colleague and friend, and there were many more.
|Pat (pregnant with Zeb) and Rayna|
at the Cincinnati Flower Show 1982
|Pat, Zeb & Rayna 1982|
|Clark, Zeb and Rayna 1982|
|Pauline, Pat with Zeb, Rayna, |
and Marie (Clark's Mom) 1982 in Erlanger KY
So many jobs and so many colleagues, and so many communities helped shape our lives. I often think about them and I am grateful to have had them in our lives. Unfortunately, I have not been good about keeping in touch.