This should have been posted on Friday, October 31, but I ran out of time and energy. So here is the last moving update until we can show you what the new temporary North Carolina Room will look like when it opens in two weeks on Monday, November 17, 2014. As always, click on the pix for larger versions.

On the eighth day, Friday, Hallowe’en, we rested…well, not really…we all had plenty to do, and we are still far from the finish line…

Around noon we went over to “Old Central” for a pot luck lunch…a sort of final gathering of Central folks…being a carnovoric leaning omnivore, I usually fall upon the meat dishes at these kind of events, but today the other offerings, salads, some great green beans and macaroni and cheese, corn bread, were simply too good to pass up. No pictures…anyone who sends out pictures of the food that they are eating is not actually eating.

Later I walked down to have a last look at our “office”. This room used to be the center of the civilized world. When we first moved in several years ago, it housed three highly educated, highly opinionated multitaskers who could get more work done than a platoon of others while still carrying on a fast paced discussion of everything that is right and/or wrong with the world in one fell swoop.


The original cast was Lise (right foreground), Audra (left) and me. Audra was the first to leave. She is now the library archivist at Cal-Irvine. Lise and I were terrified that she would be replaced by some sheeple type, but Melodie slid right into the spot without missing a beat. Then Lise had to go home to Massachusetts for a while, but Damion had no problem keeping the pace. Then Damion left for his alma mater, Pfieffer, but just in time Lise decided to return. Then Melodie moved to Brevard College, but her replacement Karen was up to the task.

Still a highly educated, multitasking group…lots of sarcasm…lots of laughter. Our culture will now change, but we hope not too much.

Probably the most interesting event in that room occurred in the summer of 2009…it is now known as the “Great Gnational War.” One day some gnats came flying around. It wasn’t long before we realized that they were simply the scouts for a gnat armada…within days, we could hardly see each other across the room for the flying swarm.

After a number of failed defensive maneuvers, much of that based on misidentification as mere gnats or even fruit flies, Lise managed to capture two of them in a medicine bottle. The lab report gave us our first closeup look at the enemy.


Some species of dung fly breed in “cow pats”…ours preferred rotting vegetation.

Someone had given the library system a bunch of bulbs to be planted at all the branches. Part of a left over flat had been placed in the receiving room and covered by other items. The dung flies were breeding in there. We got rid of the flat, but the swarms continued in our office.

We called out the Gnational Guard, to no avail, so we decided to ignore the Geneva Convention and implement chemical warfare.


The battlefield presented a horrific scene the next day, but we had won. The bodies were respectfully interred in the Gnational Cemetery.


And here is an end of week triumph. While trying out our new state of the art digital microfilm reader, as is often the case, while looking for something else, I found this.


There are a number of “Viet Nam Wall” websites, including the official National Park Service  site. But the best by far is “The Wall-USA”, maintained by actual veterans from the Fourth Battalion, Ninth Infantry. It contains far more pictures, along with many personal comments from family, friends and comrades of the deceased warriors.

Over the years we have supplied a number of the pictures and other info for “The Wall”. Now they will have the front page story about another of our own.


To see the website, go here:

The entries are arranged by city and town rather than county, so to see the entries for Forsyth County, you can search for Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Walkertown, Belews Creek, Rural Hall, Clemmons or Lewisville. Even though his family lived near Rural Hall, Sergeant Bonds is listed under Winston-Salem. We are still searching for pictures and information about other local soldiers. If you see one that you have information about, please let us know. You can e-mail me at