Wednesday, February 28, 2007

cast off day

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Yes, it's finally happened. The cast came off today.
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Sunday, February 25, 2007


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I've been talking for weeks about these card games my mother and I have been having; here's a brief sample.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Community Meals 2006

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When I took this video, my camera was having problems (still is) which would not permit me to download to the computer. But I've since borrowed a camera and was able to get all of the Christmas video processed.

This is the Community Meals, which takes place each December 24. It's sponsored by the local Co-op market, all run by volunteers, and is open to anybody in town who would like to come. While probably the majority of people who come are homeless or low income, a lot of other community members come too and a wonderful time is had by all.

The event is organized by my friends Shelly and Ellen.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Betty is 90

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One of my mother's good friends, who lives in the state of Washington, turned 90 a week or so ago. Her family had sent out e-mail requests for people's "favorite Betty story" that they would share with her at a small family dinner on her birthday. Well, because of my mother's accident, and because I didn't think to check her e-mail (and she can't get to her Web-TV in her wheelchair), I didn't find out about it until too late. So I had her make this video that they can (I hope) show to Betty.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

And the fight continues

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It's another Valentine's Day and we were once again at the county recorder's office, attempting to get marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. This year we had the twist of court recorder Freddie Oakley having made international news with her decision to "join the fight" and issue "certificates of inequality." There was lots more media, more protesters (though surprisingly not all that many) and no marriages which were permitted to take place.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Final Comments

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The floor was opened for comments at the end of Walt's retirement party. Here are very brief excerpts.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Retirement - Part 3

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In addition to the PowerPoint presentation, there was also a slide show, with photos I sent, his sister sent, and Ned sent. They used Lawsuit music for background and it turned out just great.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Retirement - Part 2

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This is the PowerPoint presentation that was made at Walt's retirement party. I filmed the screen, so I could include the narration that went along with it.

It helps to understand that Walt worked for the Department of Agriculture for nearly 50 years.

Funny the World entry which accompanies this video.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Officially Retired

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Though Walt retired on January 3, they didn't get around to having his retirement party until tonight. But it was well worth the wait. I will have 3 or 4 video excerpts from the event. Tonight's is the start of the party and the kids' musical contribution to the evening.

The emcee for the evening was a man named Charles Davis, who has worked with Walt for about 30 years.

Funny the World entry which accompanies this video.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Daddy Dearest

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My father, who died in 1987, was not the best person in the world. During her convalescence, my mother (who divorced him long before he died) talked with my cousin about what he was like at the time of his death. It's a good thing the TV stations didn't get wind of it, or we would have made the news.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

New Cast

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Finally able to upload some videos.  This is the day I took my mother to the orthopedist to get her hard cast put on.  She explains how she happened to break her ankle and the "small world" story from the nursing home.