This posting debuts a new feature at Through the Byzantine Gate. It is called “Our Family Circle” and will feature very brief updates on what is going on in the family. This will include birthday celebrations, vacation photos, notices of achievements and other general events our family and friends will enjoy learning about. I have updated the previous posting about Jake’s birthday to include the name or our new feature.
Michael got away from the cold, snowy, and rainy weather that has been with us since before Groundhog Day. This vacation took Michael to the West Coast where he’s visiting his brother Nick’s family.
Michael in Ojai, California.
Michael also had time to visit old friends in Ojai in California. He said the temps were in the 80s when this photo was taken. Michael returns to the East Coast this week.
EmilyAnn Frances May
I’ve been a bit scarce here at WordPress due to many positive and challenging developments in my personal life. The client I work for is growing and I am focused on expanding my knowledge base so I will be more conversant in the nature of one of our clients’ business. To better understand the terms used in boating and navigation, I took a one day course on Boating Safety taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA). The class was given at Pier 40 in Manhattan.
This was a big step forward for me since I never operated a boat or understood all the terminology and intricacies of navigating waterways. The course raised my awareness a great deal and helped give me more depth in understanding some aspects of boating I am somewhat familiar with because of our work with the client.
Andy, me and Drew after the presentation of the USCGA Certificate of Accomplishment for the Boating Safety course.
The instructors, Drew and Andy, are volunteers of the USCGA. They were patient and thorough in their presentation. At the end of the course an exam was given. We all aced the test. I was elated with my grade: 98%. I plan to devote more time to studying the course manual so I can reinforce what I learned.
Pier 40 on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
It was a very misty day with very light rainfall. Pier 40 looked like the setting for a detective or mystery story set in the 1940s or 1950s when I left the class and headed back to my apartment. I hope to come back to Pier 40 in the future to take other classes once the USCGA schedules them.
I invite all members of the immediate and extended Muro, Serrapede, Aiello and Marasco branch families to contact me with any news or photos they want to share. I will feature them in future “Our Family Circle” postings.