News and commentary by Fred Owens in LaConner, a small town in the Skagit Valley. The story behind the name: There was once a grocery store in a quonset hut, run by Mr. Grobschmidt. Clyde, an old drunk who lived out on the river, thought that Mr. Grobschmidt looked like a frog, so he took to calling the store the "Frog Hospital." Now the quonset hut, Mr. Grobschmidt, and Clyde are all gone -- only this blog survives to carry on the Frog Hospital tradition.
Bulawayo is where we met and Bulawayo is where we were married. It is a city of 650,000 souls. It is the capital of Matebeleland. The climate is hot, but not too hot, because we are in the higher country, 4,400 feet. The rainfall is scarce.
The name of Bulawayo means the Place of Slaughter -- there is quite a story that goes with that name, but now I will turn this page over to my ex-wife who will tell her story in her own words.