Thursday, December 31, 2009

I asked Scott if he was going to say "Twenty-ten" or "Two thousand and ten." He said probably
"Twenty-ten" because it's shorter. I think that's my choice, but it may take some time after saying, "Two thousand", "Two thousand and one" etc. He also mentioned the debate as to whether today is the end of the first decade of the 21st century or whether it will be December 31, 2010? My vote would be the latter, but I think most people think otherwise, the way they did about whether the 21st century started on 1/1/2000 or 1/1/2001. One way or another, it's the end of another year, and I never expected to be around much past 2000, if that long. I took Mom to the New Years Eve party in the chapel at 2:00 this afternoon. We didn't stay long. She couldn't have eaten or drunk anything available anyway. I talked with her this evening about the New Years Day we spent flying to California. We had been out there since October, and had been home for Christmas. My boss, Dave Nighbert, had promised that. We stayed out there through March. She really enjoyed the time out there, because she got to visit more Spanish missions. We also had dinner once at the Valley Hunt Club, the group that founded the Rose Parade. J. C. Moore, manager of the hose plant in Walnut, lived in Pasadena. He and his wife were members of the club. I wish she had been able this evening to reminisce with me. Maybe she did, and I just didn't know it.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter, and It's Not Winter Yet

We got just under 2 feet of snow on Saturday. I know the Virginia branch also got a pretty good amount. Winter starts today. I hope this isn't an indication of what is in store for the rest of the season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Emma's judo belt test

Emma continues her love of Judo! She just tested on Saturday for her 2nd degree belt (yellow with an orange stripe).

Monday, December 14, 2009

We had the privilege to attend the 110th Army-Navy game in Philadelphia this past Saturday. Here are some pictures from the pre-game events. The stands look somewhat empty because it was still a couple of hours before the game began when the cadets and midshipmen marched in. About 15 parachutists dropped into the stadium, and the 4 aircraft overflying are V-22 Opsrey tilt rotor special operations aircraft. The first picture is the West Point cadets. The second picture is the Annapolis midshipmen.

We have a family connection to this game. Truman Oscar Murphy, West Point class of 1891 played center for the Army team. He is your great, great or great, great, great uncle depending upon you generation. He would be my great grandfather's brother. I have a write up of his career from the 70th Annual Report of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy, 1939 in pdf format if you would like to see it. Send me an e-mail.