Monthly Archives: January 2008

First 2008 Gourmet Club Meal

Saturday night was our first gourmet club meal of the 2008 season. This year, our 17th, it was our turn to be first and we only had about 3 weeks time to get things decided from when we assigned dates … Continue reading

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Old Family Friends, Childhood Boredom and Where That Leads

When I was in elementary school we lived on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. My folks had a couple of friends that lived across the street from us, Margaret and Everett Brafford. I only just remember when they lived … Continue reading

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Ben Visits

Ben came to visit us this weekend. Lance dropped him off late Saturday morning then drove on to Mount Vernon to leave Rachel with her other grandparents. It was pretty close to his nap time so he went to sleep … Continue reading

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Group Photos of Family and Friends

I’m getting pictures from you of your families. Here are ones that have been sent to me so far: My Auntie Barbara’s Family Left to right: Frank (a friend of ours from Scotland), Andy (rebecca’s boyfriend), Rebecca, Thomas, Julie, Eileen … Continue reading

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Call of Dudy

Last Sunday I had the chance to see something you don’t get to see too often, a concert and documentary about the Czech bagpipes that they call the Dudy. We have the National Czech Museum right here in Cedar Rapids … Continue reading

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Family Portraits

When I sent out the picture of the family on New Year’s Day, I got a nice email reply from my cousin Michael’s wife Sasha. She sent me a picture of their family. Here it is… Warwick (Eva’s boyfriend) and … Continue reading

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Caucus Night

We never dreamed this night would finally arrive. After a year of constant bombardment the end has come. It is an evil portent of what it will be like next time. We Iowans joke that we never decide who to … Continue reading

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Movie Reviews – December 2007

Here is what we saw: Title Made Saw Rating Letters From Iwo Jima 2007 12/2/07 3 Beowulf 3D 2007 12/2/07 3 The Painted Veil 2006 12/5/07 3 The Last King of Scotland 2006 12/6/07 3 Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Like last year, my first entry for the year features our traditional holiday family portrait. We took about 20 shots and realized that the ASA setting was too low so many of the shots were a little blurry or had … Continue reading

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