found in a notebook
I was looking for an empty notebook when I found these odd notes, presumably from 2008 when The Fox and I were living in Birmingham, England. For our private 4th of July celebration we visited Scotland, stopping in Kilbride which is where his family is originally from.
As for the comments about Admiral Nelson, I can only say that we were humored to see references to him everywhere we went in the UK. For some reason I thought these particular notes worthy of writing down. The handwriting is unsteady as if I were in a moving car.
Nelson joined the navy @ 13, made lieutenant at 19, captain at 21.
5′-5″ or 5′-6″
above average for the time,
been shot in belly & head.
Blind in one eye & missing pas WT arm.
(not sure what “pas WT arm” means)
(Maybe I was trying to come up with the British version of “out in Bumf*ck Nowhere.”)