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  • Our Amazing Congress At Work

    "Amazing" is probably the right word, in terms of political correctness.  As I continue to walk the halls of Congress every September, at minimum, and work with our national association to deal with legislation (or the lack thereof) passed by Congres...
  • Washington, DC, Sept 2008

    In Washington, DC again for the NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference, I walked around a while on my first afternoon in town.   ...
  • City Lights 2008

    Mark Comon from Paul's Photo once again led us on a night shoot, this time to the Griffith Observatory.  For the first time, Mark chartered a bus, given that parking is scarce at the observatory, and it was an excellent idea.  The photography wa...
  • Baja Fishing 2008

    Once again, Duane and I joined Bob and Linda Morse at Rancho Buena Vista on the East Cape for five days, four nights, and had a great time. ...
  • Spring Sing for Christopher

    On June 10, 2008, Sue and I went to the Montesorri School where Christopher attends pre-school to see the Spring Sing. ...
  • Update from Kauai

      Aloha...here's what's happening in our world Clicking the first thumbnail will open a slide show of the first two days here. {gallery}travel/hawaii/kauai/2008halenalu/d...
  • Kauai Update

       Wondering how we're doing on Kauai? {gallery}kauai2008/test{/gallery}   Next Update ...
  • Questions About Iowa Flooding

      Why aren't Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods?  Better to ask those folks than ask me, but there are some others that are worth asking, too... ...
  • The Last Lecture

    This is a wonderful, albeit poignant, book.  Also check out the website . ...
  • 43rd Signal Battalion, Chapter 3

    I dug back into work at AACOC when I returned and my OIC at the time, Lt. Geraghty, put me in for promotion to E-6 under an early promotion plan. Craig Travis, who was working for us in AACOC, wrote the letter and it was a masterpiece. Anyway, I became ...
  • Chapter 2, 43rd Signal Battalion

    After four lovely weeks at home over Christmas and New Year, Charlie and I met in Seattle to begin our journey back to the 43rd. Unfortunately, the infamous Tet Offensive had begun. It seemed we were about to go back into a real problem. Charlie was in...
  • Christopher's 3rd Birthday Party

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 was Christopher's third birthday and Jennifer and Duane put on a marvelous party for him.  ...
  • Butterflies 2008

    On May 24th we (i.e., Jennifer) decided it would be cool to visit the Pavilion of Wings at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  We're all members of the museum (it's a great place, especially for kids) and the butterfly pavilion has been an an...
  • Paul's Photo Advanced Student Gallery

      The Gallery at Paul's Photo will change on May 9, 2008 to photographs by the students in the Advanced Photography class.  I encourage everyone to go to Paul's Photo and take a look because there are some amazingly talented photographers taking th...
  • Josie

    Josie Le Balch has been a star in the Los Angeles restaurant scene for years.  The Wine & Food Society has dined with her several times, and for good reason.  Excellent game, meat fish, sides and desserts.  It's one of our favorite plac...
  • 43rd Signal Battalion, Chapter 1

    When I arrived at Pleiku Air Base, I called the 43rd and they had someone drive down in a Jeep to pick me up. The unit was in an old French compound, so the buildings were interesting--might even be called charming, in another venue--but despite the fact...
  • Vietnam begins for me

      After another two week leave at home, I departed from the Oakland Army base for Vietnam on December 17, 1966.  Made for a pretty lousy Christmas that year, given that I'm an only child.  My mother was upset and my dad tried to be stoic, all ...
  • Vermont Shopping in 2005

    We sent shopping in 2004 to spend time with Jennifer and Duane, and to help Sue through losing her mother.  We went shopping in 2005 to spend time with Jennifer and Duane, and to help me through losing my father.  Also, Jennifer was seven months...
  • Vermont Shopping in 2004

    Manchester, VT is home to some of the best outlet store shopping in the country.  The town promotes itself well with a good web site and clean, well kept surroundings.  Jennifer and Duane had been there before and were somewhat expert on Manches...
  • Vermont

    Vermont is close to New York, and when Jennifer & Duane were living in New York, we went there several times with them.  Vermont is a gorgeous state, with some incredible scenery and lovely people.  And, they have some of the best Outlet Sto...