Today was a leisurely day. I woke at 06:30 and finished reading “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” (required reading for linguistic pedants, like myself) and pottered around for a couple of hours, chatting to Char, before replacing the CMOS battery in her PC and troubleshooting her (SCSI) scanner. (I thought I was on holiday!)

This afternoon we took a trip south to Santa Rosa where I spent the afternoon wandering around the Charles M. Shultz Museum. Shultz lived in Santa Rosa until his death on 12 February 2000. The highlight of the museum for me was the giant ceramic-tile montage of Charlie Brown and Lucy, made from individual comic strips. I have a postcard of the wall.

Tomorrow we travel further north, to Boonville, to visit the Andersons in Anderson Valley.

Meanwhile, text messages from Palo Alto have been coming thick and fast, but bearing little actual news about the Enneagram course. The news I have so far: Jane has Julian Anderson’s gift in her suitcase, and her GHD (Good Hair Day) hair straighteners don’t work in this country (despite what something said about them on the internet). Never believe anything you read on the internet!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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