Catching Up

With very limited access to the Net, I’ve allowed myself to fall far behind in noting what’s been going on here. Saturday, Margaret and I spent the evening with friends from long ago at the former Alpha Rho Upsilon house (now named Helmreich House after Ernst Helmreich, beloved professor of history at Bowdoin and grandfather…

Dataleap FTL

We stayed at a Day’s Inn outside Brunswick for the weekend, and over and above the small ways it departed from its advertised characteristics (no newspaper, no eggs at the breakfast) or fulfilled them in awkward ways (no pets in non-smoking rooms), the advertised wifi has been a dreadful pain. It evidently uses a proxy…

Where’s The -Ham?

The other day we drove through Bowdoinham and Topsham, and this summer we’ll be staying in Shoreham and living in Durham, all of which led me to wonder: whatever happened to the linguistic gesture of naming municipalities with the “-ham” suffix? “-Ville” and “-Ton/-Town” still do all right, but I don’t recall any civic entity…