I have returned home and had a marvelous time

I have arrived home from Wisconsin. I went there to attend a fundraising event of the Someday Known nonprofit group, and meet people and give a speech. The hotel was nice and I didn’t get dive-bombed by a clipboard, unlike last time. I had a great time at the event, and my speech was well received. The event was supposed to last from 6:00 to 9:00 but I didn’t leave till almost eleven.

Someone took a cell phone video of me giving my speech, but I’m saving that video for a special project I’m working on.

Tomorrow morning is my surgery. I hope I shall be back in fine form by Tuesday. We’ll see.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Carmen Gonzalez

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Carmen Marta Gonzalez, a 37-year-old woman who disappeared from Santa Fe, New Mexico, a popular tourist town, on New Years’ Eve, 2000.

She checked into a Day’s Inn, intending to stay one night, but never checked out and was never seen again. Her van (which she was supposed to return to the rental company on December 30) turned up in “a snow-filled canyon” in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, which is a range in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

As far as I can determine, the spot where the van was found isn’t too far from Santa Fe. Just what Carmen was doing in Santa Fe is unclear; it’s possible she planned to spend the New Year there, or she may have been thinking of moving to the area. She’s originally from Puerto Rico and worked as a nurse at a hospital on the on the Zuni Indian Reservation.