Letters from America – 1985 -1987

In 1984, having moved to Tring in Hertfordshire only six months earlier, David was made redundant. He had moved to a new division of his company and it simply did not take off. However, his former boss rang a couple of days later and suggested a change of role. David was an engineer and had never really considered sales as an option. But his boss offered him the position of VP of sales for the company in the USA, initially based in Houston. This was December and Christmas around the corner. It also meant putting the house on the market and moving to the US in early February.

Of course we jumped at the opportunity.

Over the next two years we travelled thousands of miles across America to cram in as much adventure as possible. In those days there were no emails and phone calls were expensive, so I wrote to my parents every week.

After my father died in 1996 we found a folder with my name on it. He had kept every letter I wrote to them and he thought that one day I might like to publish a book. I probably won’t do that but I thought that I would share those letters with you on the blog.

I will also be sharing some of the articles that I wrote about specific events or trips that stood out for us both.

I hope you enjoy the trip back in time as much as I am typing

The arrival in Houston.


Dallas, Unwanted visitors and House hunting.


The Driving Test


Birthday, Galveston and Houston Zoo.


Homesickness, First dinner party, Huntsville State Park


First Swims, Alabama Coushatta Reservations and Adventures with the ice maker.


Corpus Christi, Beach Encounters and English Accent.


Poolside Chats, Spaghetti Bolognese and Irish Jokes


Easter in New Orleans.


Brazos Bend State Park, Anacondas and Doggy Bags.


Beverley Hills Coop, Sleepless Nights in San Francisco.


Lamaze Classes, Pink Cadillacs and Funeral Plots.


Las Vegas Part One. Hilton Hotel, The Dunes, Slot Machines.


Las Vegas Part Two – On the Strip, Hoover Dam, Disneyworld and Marine World.