Scrapbook One Hundred Eight…





JB is a good friend although we’ve never met. He researched my family like he worked for the KGB, and mailed me all sorts of things, like my father’s college annual from TCU. I guess he reads Dal’s blog or he would not have sent me this email. F

Hey Forrest,

Just checked it to see what you are up to.  I’m going to send you a little care package to cheer you up:-)

I grew up in a house where I had to dig through a double-wide drawer of literally hundreds of mismatched forks, spoons and knives to find one that not only suited my fancy,  but was actually clean (often had to clean it to use it).  When I moved out on my own, I started stacking my forks neatly in a plastic drawer organizer that a poor college student could afford.  It helped that I could only afford an ultra-cheap, sheet-metal, press-cut, four piece “silverware” set (less to organize).  Of course I had to get roommates to keep rental costs low and that is where I had to learn tolerance.  There isn’t a male college student on this planet that would ever stack their forks or untangle a telephone cord, or clean the toilet for that matter.  I finally found a roommate that generally didn’t make a mess and put his dishes in the old portable dishwasher I acquired, so we didn’t have to fight over dishes….but he just wouldn’t stack the forks!  I realized then that there are some things we each do that you cannot impose on others.  It was a valuable lesson and important to my happy marriage.   My wife and children are never going separate and stack the forks according to size.  That is my “cross to bear”.

All my best,

95 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Eight…

  1. We all have our crosses to bear, Mr. Fenn. I know you must have a few of your own, and if you are even a little like me, you must think about them often, and do your best to atone.

    I want to send you a private e-mail, but haven’t gotten up the nerve. Maybe one day, I’ll get past the thought that what I have to say isn’t unique.

    Genealogy is a passion of mine. My brother and I have researched our family back to Roger de Montgomerie, who was William the Conquerer’s best friend, advisor, and brother-in-law. One day I want to see Arundel Castle, which my ancestors owned.

    • My grandfather used to tell the story of a great family fortune in England. Of course we thought it was just a story, until one night many years after he had passed, I did some googling and found out that he was not wrong.

      I had been doing some genealogy at the time, so of course this story really interested me, even though the fortune was gone. I did find out that the family that was finally awarded what was left of the fortune lived in Chicago. I remembered a tale my grandfathers’ brother had told me once of being in Chicago for business and he decided to look up some of our distance relatives there. He said they lived in a large mansion, with a long driveway. They were very unfriendly towards him until the end of the visit. As he was leaving, they asked if there was anything else he wanted, and he said “no”, he was just in town for business and wanted to meet some of the family. I wonder now if they thought he was there to ask for money.

      I have also found a book “The Great Jennens Case” which covers a lot of the legal battles, fraud, deception and theft that occurred. I have not been able to find out for certain if my family is related or not, but it definitely makes researching my family history interesting.

      • That is really interesting, and really is a treasure in itself when you find those gems in your personal history.
        I even love going back past the definitely known ancestors to the possibly mythological ones.
        I’m supposedly related to the man who inspired Odin–a Viking barbarian chief named Wodin. Also Ragnar, who was recently portrayed on the History Channel. He was not a nice man.
        And also Freya as well is related.
        All interesting stuff!

        • Yes, very interesting Mindy. Can we assume that Forrest has become mythopoeic… He is also not the first author to invent new words. Well that’s silly someone at some point has to invent new words….

        • Mindy,
          I love genealogy as well and have Scandinavian roots like you. I traced my family name and history (as a paper in college) and was able to speak with relatives in Norway who had traced our family to the year 800. My cousins live in a 300 yr old family homestead which is in the village bearing my maiden name. I’ve never been to Scandinavia but it’s in my bucket list. Im glad you mentioned your interest. Enjoy the weekend;)

          • I have some Scandinavian roots, too. My last name ends in “son” which is Swedish, but just a few generations back it was spelled “sen” which is Danish. My great-grandfather was Danish and married a Swede and moved to Sweden. Apparently, there was a bit of racism…depending on how your name was spelled…so he simply changed how he spelled it. In fact, my first wife…now my ex-wife…was born in Copenhagen. 🙂 Copenhagen is a beautiful city…and I miss the crunchy hotdogs. 🙂

          • Lia,
            A 300 year old homestead….wow! That would definitely be on my bucket list. I love that stuff. I bet it’s very interesting and beautiful.

            I went back definitively as far as Normandy, just before William the Conquerer conquered Scotland. We were Montgomerie then, and before that I’m about 90% sure the Montgomeries came from an area called Mount Gomer, and the first guy to settle on Mount Gomer was a noble from Scandanavia named Gomerson.

            In today’s America, we are the Montgomery’s. There are 2 or 3 DNA branches of us. My brother just sent off his vial for testing to verify for sure if we are from William the Conquer’s BFF.

            And no, I don’t think we are related to Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched, much to my dismay. But my brother says that when you ride in a Montgomery Elevator, that’s us. And possibly the Montgomery in Montgomery Ward.

            The most surprising thing I found is that Princess Diana is related. She was someone I admired greatly. I have to wonder if some part of my conscious knew we were blood, because when she died, I was a teenager, and I mourned like she was a relative.

            Since I have no plans this weekend, I think I’ll do some more genealogy research!

            You all have a great weekend, too!

        • The mythical ones intrigue me. I have my family traced back hundreds of years, some to prominent families that claim they were descended from the Merovingian Kings, who in turn claimed they were descended from Jesus Christ. So “mythologically” speaking, im descended from the Son of God…. LOL

  2. I heard someone chatting up on here a few weeks ago how they were going to volunteer on tribal lands. That sounds interesting and I wanted to find out more information…..

    Does anyone know how to volunteer on Reservations/tribal lands?

  3. My wife is a pretty organized person, but when it comes to placement of silverware in the drawer, I am happy it even finds the drawer. Her silverware organization levels go something like this I think.

    1. In the Universe…check
    2. Found the Milky Way…check
    3. Solar system…check
    4. Planet earth…check
    5. In the house somewhere…check
    6. Finally in the drawer…check

    So there you have it..six degrees of freedom. Spoons, knives, forks of all sizes randomly thrown in the drawer. Complete organization requires 9 degrees of freedom. It is surprising that it is only a silverware phenomenon with my wife. That is why I empty the dishwasher.

    • Yeah, what the fork, Spoon? Where are you? Maybe he/she is really busy…or came down with a high fever. You know, the hot kind without the chills.

      • JC1117 I hear Copenhagen is beautiful and Stockholm as well. Someday I hope to antique shop in Sweden where great Grandmother Anna was from. She emmigrated at 18 and only brought one small trunk.
        söta drömmar, doc gott 😉

          • Wow, JC. I am very familiar with the hymn, but didn’t know the story behind it. It’s amazing how the simple things in nature can inspire lasting power.
            Thanks for sharing that!

            Btw, Sweden produces some gorgeous men. Lol. If anyone knows a tall, blue eyed, honorable Swede, send him my way. 🙂 Or even a dark haired Jake Gyllenhaal type would do. Ha ha!

          • JC1117 That is indeed a beautiful old hymn! Thank you for the history behind it. His words about enjoying creation are especially touching. As I decorate for Christmas this weekend, it’s so important to remember who is celebrated and that its Christ’s advent season.

            “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. Perhaps Christmas means a little bit more.”

            Dr. Seuss

    • Ed, you asked for commentary and may catch JC’s fever. Let me know if you need the community bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol that Forrest passed around last May.

  4. My father and husband are organized by nature. Everything has its place, even inside a drawer. Somehow we raised two sons who don’t worry about domestic organization at all. I gave up when my son said, “I plan to be handed from one good woman to the next” LOL 🙂

    If a hint exists, the past two scrapbooks are all about organization within.

  5. JB, the idea of having to have two different sizes of forks to designate what you should eat with each size is highly over-rated. Why don’t silverware manufacturers just make all the forks the same size so we don’t have this dilemma? Or maybe you could just hide those small forks. 🙂

  6. Having worked in kitchens for thirty years I agree that everything has its place and silverware is arranged according to size. Both in the drawer and on the table. Forks are not only arranged according to purpose and size, but by north, south, east, west, and the one in the middle or in the mouth. at the head.

  7. Mindy I love genealogy too. I was hoping to visit Knebworth House in London this Christmas when we pick up our son but I just found out it is closed for the season. Knebworth house is the family home of Sir Robert de Lytton who i have traced our ancestors back to.

    • Homecoming, that is very cool. I’ve been to London. It’s a fun place. Maybe you will get there on the next trip. 🙂
      I’ve never been to Knebworth, but it sounds interesting. I’ll look it up today. Research is kinda my “thing.” 🙂

  8. The sum total is Fenn 100 points the competition 2 points but that doesn’t add up so it’s only 98% true. Of course the comp. probably scores 0 which explains the dif…

  9. Hey diddle diddle,

    The Cat and the fiddle,
    The Cow jumped over the moon.
    Little Tesuque laughed,
    To see such sport,

    And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

    Apologies to the old nursery rhyme.

  10. I decided to see how many books I could find that have been inspired by Forrest’s treasure hunt. This is what I’ve found. If you know of more please let me know so I can add it to my list.

    1. How to Find Forrest Fenn’s Treasure by Maxwell J. Steele, March, 2013
    2. The Fenn Treasure: How and Where to Find it by Chris Volkay, January, 2014
    3. Where it’s at by James Knepton, March, 2013
    4. The Chase for Forrest Fenn’s Treasure by Trent Rhu Seau, April, 2013
    5. The Trail of Disgrace by Paul Norman, August, 2013
    6. Dreams of Days Gone By edited by John L. Thompson, April, 2014
    7. Confessions of a Tactical Driver: The Driving Game by C. Knight, April 2014
    8. Up A Cold Creek Without a Paddle by Elishun, 2013
    9. Forrest Fenn’s Unexpected Treasure by Craig Rosequist, 2013

    1. The Codex by Doug Preston
    2. Vally of Fire by Johnny D. Boggs
    3. Thunderhead by Doug Preston

    • Hi Dal,

      You’ve listed “The Trail Of Disgrace”, which is a totally pathetic title. I don’t think it’s right to prop up poor sports.

      Ending on a positive note: yours and Sixer’s blogs are great– thanks a lot.

      • Muset-
        I agree whole-heartedly about Trail of Disgrace being pathetic…but then so are the books by folks trying to tell others how to find the treasure…as if they knew…
        I think that several of those titles come from pathetic and/or greedy little people who want nothing more than to make money from the “rubes”. Their intent is not to educate or entertain…just take advantage.

        I didn’t mean to endorse any of them…Just make a complete list.

        One of the books I listed that is about entertainment and edification and I thought was a good read is “Confessions of a Tactical Driver”. It kind of slides into the treasure hunt.
        And of course Elishun’s book is a personal trek with her son through the mountains looking for the treasure and something else. She is a fine photographer and the her pics vividly illustrate her journey.

      • Sally-
        Not trying to say anything. This is just the start of a list of titles of books about the treasure hunt. C Knight was a searcher who commented on this blog and wrote that book and it is an interesting and fun tale that includes direct tie-ins to the treasure hunt.

      • Rick-
        Thanks…absolutely forgot Elishun’s book, Up A Cold Creek Without a Paddle. She comments on this blog and I will catch heck for not listing it.
        That book is about a spring/summer that she and her son went out searching together. It’s an adventure story and a bonding story and good read. I will definitely add it to the list…

    • Thanks for sharing the list, Dal. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the Codex, and because of your list, now plan on reading Thunderhead and Valley Of Fire. I hope to be on this list early 2015 with my book Magic Forrest Treasure, which will include literary contributions by Forrest.

  11. Mindy, you have a treasured family history. The conquerer definitely organized Great Britain during that time. Have you visited Lincoln Cathedral? Amazing stone architecture 1000 years old. And how fortunate to be related to Princess Diana. Her death affected me like it did you. Watching her two sons walk behind her casket was one of the saddest things I’ve ever watched. She was truly the people’s princess.

    • 42,
      She really was a great person. I remember how cool I thought it was when I heard she took Harry and William to a hamburger place for “American” food. I thought she was the best mom for doing that.
      I haven’t been to the Lincoln Cathedral. I’ll have to check that out!

    • 42,

      I checked out Lincoln Cathedral. It has a fascinating history. The story about the 8 year old boy, Little Saint Hugh, who was found dead in the well was sad.
      Of special interest are the two windows, one on the North (dark) side, and the other on the South (light) side. The meaning can be found in “The Metrical Life of St. Hugh.”
      It appears that the Golden Mean is all around us, and has been whispering in the background for a very long time.
      I’m beginning to see…;)

      • Mindy, great reading about the Metrical Life of St. Hugh (thanks). It’s a miracle Lincoln Cathedral housed RAF during WWII and was spared destruction. If you appreciate beautiful architecture and history, one of my favorite chapels is Sainte- Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite’ in Paris. It’s intimate and has the most beautiful stained glass windows still in tact 1000 yrs later. The Chapel was built to house the crown of thorns that Jesus endured wearing on the cross. I believe the crown is only on display during Easter.

  12. Dear Forrest, sometime I hope you will be able to tell us how old you were when you first found your very special place, and why it has held that place in your heart and memories. I understand it would be too big a clue now. We wonder if you and Skippy fished and swam in a stream; or you took Peggy and your daughters there when they were young; you found sn undiscovered site ancient people inhabited; or perhaps it’s a place of solitude where you communed with nature or God in a meadow of wild flowers.

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