Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad

Ninety Years!!

Dad almost made it to his 90th birthday. We had been planning a big birthday bash (at his request) for over a year. We're thinking that sometime this winter we're going to have a celebration of his life with a bunch of friends and relatives and relate our favorite stories about him.

Here's my favorite story in recent times: About four years or so back, Dad decided he wanted a new car and asked me to take him to the Dallas Auto Show. He's a traditional kind of guy, but there just aren't many cars left like his favorite Lincolns and rear-drive Buicks. So I steered him to one of the last remaining front engine/rear drive cars, a Mercury Grand Marquis Ultimate Edition. He liked the car a lot but expressed some concerns. When I questioned him about it, he replied, "well, the Mercury brand has been discontinued and I'm worried about resale value".

I said, "Dad, you're 85 years old. Why would you care about resale value". He bought the car.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Music Handsome & Gretyl

If you're looking for something new in Christmas music, this young couple from Seattle has released an EP (5 songs) entitled "Wonder". Brett and Gretyl Baird introduce a couple of new songs, plus put their spin on some classics. I ordered several copies as stocking stuffers. Give a listen.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day

...honoring my dad

My Dad served in the US Army during World War II.  Stationed in California, he was about to be sent overseas when he got a serious bronchial infection and his unit shipped out without him. Not long after, with things winding down, he was ordered to serve out his enlistment at Fort Ord in California. It was during this time that he met and married my mom. After discharge from the Army, he went to Auburn University on the GI bill. I was born before he graduated. 

Today we went to the cemetery to put American Flags on his grave.

My thanks to Dad and all the other veterans who serve and protect our country.