April 26, Again
Randomly - out of nowhere - it was over 100° in Portland
yesterday. Since it had rained all weekend and our furnace was starting every
morning, this freak day-o-heat took us all by surprise. (Yes, it had been
predicted by the local forecasters, but, STILL... it is just so crazy-drastic...
no one was really sure what do to with the whole thing.)
I was so completely wrapped-up in futbol (under a whirling ceiling fan), I
forgot to turn on the air conditioner until it was just too dang hot. We use our
air conditioning at least two days a year... just to make sure it still
Oregon, in the sunshine.
Our house is nestled in a forest, so we are fairly
protected from the blistering heat.
The view from the kitchen window
Today the mercury returned to the more-normal 70's.
What WAS that?
Anyway, as I wrote in the title of this column, today was April 26 on
our calendar (again). Dave's birthday.
But not just Dave's birthday. Dave shares his Special Day (same day; not
same year) with two long-time (since the early 80's) friends, Robin and
Jim. The guys worked together for years and Jim was working in Taiwan
while Dave was working in Taiwan. The Birthday Boys get together annually
to celebrate their mutual birthday - though the gathering is very rarely
on April 26th anymore.
Robin, DT & Jim
Robin (we also see Robin in SoCal as he has a condo in
Palm Springs) raised two daughters and retired. That wasn't enough
excitement, it seems, as he recently married a beautiful young woman
with two teen daughters! Estrogen ebbs and flows at Robin's house.
Jim also retired, only to find a second career growing fabulous
for the exploding Oregon micro-brewing community. Jim (finally!)
married and now has a 5 year old daughter and a boy the same age as Leo.
Dave is married to the same old gal.
You may (or may not) be surprised to learn we are flying down to
Los Angeles in the morning to spend the 4th of July weekend with a certain
He's already looking for fireworks
Until my next update, I remain, your celebratory correspondent.
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