Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Uncle Bob's Birthday; The Weekend

Howdy!  So it's been a busy week or so.
Last Thursday I had a busy day at work.  In the evening we had our second Travis County Veterans Court anniversary.  It was kind of cool.  A reporter came by and did a profile on a Vietnam era vet who's participating in our program.  

I know it's probably lame to do this, but I'm posting a picture of the article that they ran on the front page of the paper.  I'm not even mentioned in the article, but I managed to squeeze into a photo.  It's pretty rare that you get into the paper in my line of work reference to an article about the justice system really trying to help out a bit as opposed to just punishing them. 
Anyway, I hope it's not lame that I posted the pic, but I thought it was kind of cool.
On Friday I flew out for Tallahassee, Florida, to go celebrate my Uncle Bob's 70th birthday.  Uncle Bob retired relatively recently after a long career- in the military, as a civilian working for the military, and finally as a sort of civilian contractor or consultant.  I don't really know the technical term for what he did, but he spent a lot of time involved with purchasing of equipment, weapons, and supplies for the military.  He worked at the Pentagon for quite a long time, and our family breathed a collective sigh of relief on 9/11 when we learned that he had been away from the building when the plane hit.
At any rate, Uncle Bob has been visiting and/or been visited by my family since I was a young kid.  It was really nice to have the chance to go celebrate his birthday with him.
Uncle Bob and his wife, Aunt Linda, moved to Tallahassee following Uncle Bob's retirement, and they live close to our cousins and their families (Kirk, Terri, Michael, Becca, Kim, Jack, Kathleen, Reid, and Sarah).  Frank and Sukhi, my grandfather's son and his wife, were also in attendance, as well as Janis (another cousin from my dad's side) and her wife, Al.
At any rate, we had a lot of family in Tallahassee for the weekend, and it was really nice to see them all and spend time with them.  During our brief stay we squeezed in two dinners, a trip to a car museum, a christening for two small Anderson children, several visits to various people's homes, and some nice drives around Tallahassee (including a drive by the Florida State football stadium).  
Dad, Kirk, Linda, and Uncle Bob all relaxing toward
the end of the weekend at Kirk and Terri's house

Kathleen, Reid, Kirk, and Terri at dinner

Michael terrifies Jack while Becca and Mom watch

Kim shows off her reading skills to Ryan
Tallahassee is a nice place, and it was good to see the family. 
Thanks to the Anderson and Steans families for being such nice hosts!  It was a good trip.
Ryan and I got back to Austin relatively late on Sunday night.  I had Monday off for Veterans Day.  I spent the day running a few errands and taking a long bike ride.  It felt good to get back on the bike, and the weather was cool and pleasant.
Monday night our friend Heidi was in town from Lubbock.  After a brief happy hour with Amy's work friends we picked up Heidi from her hotel and headed over to Curra's where we met up with Jaci and Josh for dinner.
Dinner was good, and it was really nice to see everyone, but it was a little sad as well.  Jaci and Josh, who we've become good friends with, are moving to Washington, D.C., this week, and Amy and I are both happy for them to have an exciting opportunity, but very sorry to see them go.  Heidi has only been in Lubbock for a relatively short period of time, but it's also been hard to lose her.  Amy, Heidi, and Jaci have been good friends for a while now, so it's sad to see the group split up, but hopefully we'll all stay in close contact and there will be visits on a fairly regular basis.
Good luck Jaci, Josh, and Heidi!  If things don't work out, remember that Austin will leave a light on for ya!  ;-)
So that was the weekend.  Busy.  Good.  Tiring!
Hope all of you are doing well.
Take care.  

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