What’s in an address?

Where does Joe Preston live?

Who is Joe Preston?  Well, he is purportedly a resident of Petersburg from which he was elected to the 63rd Virginia House of Delegates in a special election last Fall.  Subsequently, he has entered the Democratic Primary race for the 16th Virginia Senate District to which Rosalyn Dance, formerly the 63rd Delegate, was elected, also in a special election, last Fall.

Joe’s supposed credential is that he is the true Democrat, not that the Prince George Democratic Committee has ever seen him at a PG Dems meeting, other than at our post election social last December.

Why would one expect to see him at a PG Dems meeting?  Well, though it is only a small portion, the 63rd and the 16th both have footprints in Prince George.

Further, Joe has lived in and still maintains a residence in Prince George County.  His home is in the upscale Jordan on the James subdivision on the rivah.  The address is 10465 Jordan Parkway.  Neighbors in Jordan on the James have noted him returning to the residence late and night and leaving early in the mornings.  Why might this be one might ask?

Easy, 10465 Jordan Parkway is not in the 16th Virginia Senate District.  It is not even in the 63rd Virginia House of Delegates District.

Hmmm …  to be sure, Joe will have an explanation.

“A World On Fire”

Jack & Little Wilson Creek

Rarely do I get enough time to read, that is until I vacationed near Grayson Highlands State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia.  We had rented a lovely cabin and, yes, a stream ran through the property.  While there was satellite TV, there was no cell coverage and no internet.

Fortunately, when not hiking or napping, I had “A World on Fire” by Amanda Foreman to read.  This lovely book, in excess of 700 pages, explores the diplomatic relations between Britain, the US and the Confederate States during the Civil War.  There are also side stories about France and other European relations, but the focus really is  on that tempestuous triangle of the US, the CSA and Britain.

Every battle win, lose or draw, seemed to swing the pendulum as to whether or when Britain would recognize the Confederate States as a sovereign nation and puncture or ignore the Northern blockade of the South.

The South believed that “King Cotton” was its ace up  its sleeve and that out of economic interests alone Britain would side with the South.  The South also counted on its “cavalier” connection with Britain as an emotional pivot point in CSA/British relations.

Of course, the North feared both of the above but quietly and in a belabored fashion plied the slavery card and the underlying, unassailable deterrent to Britain supporting the South.

There are intrigues in espionage, Canadian schemes and Parliamentary tricks which all add to the confused state of diplomacy.

In reading the book I was again reminded that those of us who love history know that no given outcome of the past was inevitable.