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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The prep school trip 


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.


GreenmanTim and me
Photo credit: The TH Daughter


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.


9 Comments:

By Blogger Georgfelis, at Thu Nov 13, 02:00:00 AM:

Um, an "o" in their first names?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Nov 13, 08:50:00 AM:

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.

JLW III
McD '63, P '67  

By Blogger "Mindles H. Dreck", at Thu Nov 13, 11:34:00 AM:

We have a place in Cornwall. I assume you looked at Kent and Hotchkiss just down the road apiece, which we are between.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Thu Nov 13, 12:33:00 PM:

"Um, an "o" in their first names? "

There's an 'O' in Barack?  

By Anonymous FormerGC, at Thu Nov 13, 01:02:00 PM:

Follow the Connecticut River into Massachusetts, go past Northampton and Amherst and stop in the town of Deerfield. You'll find an outstanding option there.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Nov 13, 01:04:00 PM:

Locals are allowed to board at L'Ville after ninth grade, fwiw.  

By Blogger Jay, at Thu Nov 13, 01:27:00 PM:

I did L'Ville before going up rt 206 to Tigertown, but my daughter opted for St. Paul's, where she is finishing up after a good experience. Great school.  

By Blogger Viking, at Thu Nov 13, 01:55:00 PM:

www.pcs-nyc.org  

By Blogger Escort81, at Thu Nov 13, 11:08:00 PM:

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.  

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