Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We lit out this afternoon for northwestern Connecticut, where you cannot swing a dead cat without hitting a boarding school. The TH Daughter is interested in going to prep school, and since that mojo runs deep in the family of at least one of her parents we are taking her around on the requisite tour. We hit four of them tomorrow and Friday, all in a loop in the northern tier of the Nutmeg State.
Tonight we are in Lakeville, just across the street from Hotchkiss. We also happen to be down the road from my blogger cousin, Tim Abbott, the "GreenmanTim" who comments so thoughtfully on this blog and whose delightful "Walking the Berkshires" is a must-read for those of you who are interested in natural and human history in equal measure. We got together at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury this evening to partake in the grain and conversation in equal measure. Subjects ranged from, well, prep schools to totem poles -- Tim believes he got into Haverford because he carved one from an oak tree -- to Texas to Coen brothers movies.
Among his many virtues, Tim is more observant than I am. In support of that proposition I respectfully submit into evidence this post, in which Tim notices that there is at least one thing that George W. Bush, George Washington, and Barack Obama all have in common.
Too bad L'ville strongly urges students who live within commuting distance to do so; saving boarding beds for students who live further away.
Farther east, there are Andover and Exeter. Tabor Academy has excellent sailing and crew programs. Coming south there's McDonogh, my Alma Mater, which has horses.
McD '63, P '67
Jay is of course correct regarding St. Paul's. My godson started Third Form (9th grade) this fall and enjoys it very much.
The school has gone through some governance issues lately, but has come out the other side, and still has a huge endowment.