Today has been a busy one for me, in spite of the cold, wet weather. The streets weren’t dangerously slick. Yeah!
This morning I attended the monthly meeting of the DAR. Attendance was down a little. We added several new members. Our program speaker was Shirley Thompson, a University of Texas professor, author of the book, “Exiles at Home - The Struggle to Become American in Creole New Orleans”. Her topic was “Toucoutou, We Know You!” about a free woman of color who lived in New Orleans. (Toucoutou was her nickname.) New Orleans played a key role in nineteenth-century America as a site for immigration and pluralism and the quest for equality. Creoles of color went through life on a shifting color line, passing among various racial categories and through different social spaces. Dr. Thompson had to leave before the end of our meeting so we didn’t have a chance to speak with her.
After the DAR meeting, Val and I went to the Olive Garden for a quick lunch of soup and salad, our favorite lunch.
Then I was off to my last meeting of the day with Kyle Landry at CMIT Solutions to check out the Apple MacBook Pro he had found for me. It is two years old and already had some of the software I wanted. Kyle will install Quicken and will encrypt the hard drive and my USBs. That should be completed by Thursday. I’m looking forward to using it.