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I was in about my second week at Microsoft when Windows 95 officially launched. It was a big deal on the corporate campus with Jay Leno MCing the event. It seems like just a few days ago and then again it seems like eons in the past. Our two decades in Washington have passed ever so quickly.
Can’t see how it’s been five years since my last day at Microsoft. It’s scary how fast the time passes.
We both agree… these 30 years have flown by. And we both remember so clearly that lovely August day in Ann Arbor when we were married at the county jail. To celebrate we got a big suite at the Suncadia Lodge overlooking the mountains and Cle Elum River. We had a scrumptious dinner at the Hoist House Restaurant at Swiftwater Cellars. This morning Trisha rode with me for 18 holes on the Rope Rider golf course then she retired to the spa for the afternoon while I played a pathetic second round of golf on the Prospector course. Even with the crumby golf, it was a delightful 48 hours in a picturesque setting to recall the past thirty years and contemplate what the next decades hold for us.
Last week’s MRI confirmed the orthopedist’s diagnosis that I have a small rotator cuff tear in the right shoulder. I start physical therapy this afternoon and will check back with the surgeon in six weeks to see how things have progressed.
My nephew Ryan, not yet 21 and already a Marine vet, got married today to his sweetheart, Alexa. It was a lovely ceremony held outside in rural Delaware.
To celebrate our 29th anniversary we had an early breakfast at Salish Lodge then spent a few pensive moments in the mist from Snoqualmie Falls.
I had read about this guy, Mark Covert, on the Unites States Running Streak Association web site. In the early 1970’s I had a streak of running every day for six months, six days; which at the time I thought was impressive. Little did I know of streaks like Mr. Covert’s or half a dozen others with streaks of forty plus years. On Tuesday, July 23, Mr. Covert did the last run of his 45-year streak and took the next day off. Truly amazing.
- Antelope Valley Coach Mark Covert Ends 16,437-day Running Streak (DailyNews.com)
Last month, after years of monitoring stamp sales and auctions, I came across a collection of mint Spanish from 1993 through 2009, almost exactly complementing my previous holdings covering 1956-1991. I just ordered the 1992 stamps from a dealer in Spain and when those arrive I’ll be nearly current. I now have the big task of transferring the newly acquired items to my style binders and cataloging the some 1500 stamps. It’s tedious and will take a couple hundred hours, I expect.
We accompanied Tessa and Bo and Katie to Millersville, PA to attend Brian Bocage’s graduation. The weather cooperated and the ceremonies moved along nicely. It helped that the stadium concession stand was open and I could get a chocolate chip muffin to hold me over until lunch.
Trisha and I got to the nursing home around 8:30 a.m and Trisha was able to spend a few hours with Mrs. Dvorak before she passed away a little after noon. Trisha’s sister, Lisa, and Trisha read a few Bible verses and short poems by Emily Dickinson that I’m sure eased Jane’s passing from this life to the next.