On Sunday morning I showed The Ghosts of Jeju film in the final workshop session at the conference. Much to my surprise in that early morning session 15 folks actually showed up to watch the film. It went over very well as it always does.
After that dear friend Art Laffin (Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in DC) made sure that I got on the right metro line to head into Virginia where my cousin Diane (daughter of my mother's brother) met me and drove us someplace out in the countryside of western Virginia to their small farm. They raise Nigerian dairy goats and I was thrilled to get the tour and hear about the whole operation. And then last night, in the darkened barn by lantern light, it was my turn to try to milk one of the goats. Needless to say I need alot more practice as the goat had quite enough of my poking and prodding technique and began kicking up a storm. So I was sacked on the spot and Diane had to calm the goat down and finish the job.
Diane and one of her daughters who got into goat herding as a 4-H project, now breed them and have had quite some success winning goat shows and selling them. They make cheese and I had goat milk in my tea this morning at breakfast. Diane then drove me to the Washington airport for my 1:00 pm flight home and sent me back with soap made from goat milk.
It was a great visit, even though short, but I hope to return and try my hand at goat milking another time. In the meantime I need to get some rest as I am worn out from all the recent traveling.
My next job is to get to work on our next Space Alert newsletter. I promise not to fill the pages with photos of goats in space.