Friday, October 19, 2012

Some Memories of Don McLean

I offer this photo montage of our last time together, which was December, 2011-January, 2012 when Don and I travelled to Spain after Christmas. 

We re-visited many places in Madrid and also the beautiful ancient city of Toledo that we first visited in October, 2002, shortly after the death of our friend and mentor, IM Dr. Ricardo Calvo, who was a well-known player in Spain for many years and a noted chess historian. 

This trip, we had a deeper appreciation for the beauty we'd seen the first time, examined more things in depth, and saw new things as, feeling more comfortable in this city we'd visited before, we ventured forth further away from known territory and saw many new things.  Our only regret was that the Archaeological Museum was closed for renovations, something neither of us had foreseen and therefore hadn't thought to check ahead of time online! 

After so many years together, we communicated in shorthand and often, we didn't even have to speak.  We'd just look at each other and know what the other was feeling about what we were seeing, doing, feeling.  Often, we shared dreams.  I had no premonition, though, that Don was going to die.  Now, all is emptiness.  I did not realize that Madrid/Toledo would be the last trip I would ever take with Mr. Don.

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I may put a few more of these together.  There's a lot to review over the past 13 years.  You'll just have to bear with me.

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