Thursday, January 31, 2008

do they have to have a kid...

this is from march of 1969 and i am messing with floy. doesn't look like she is very amused. LOL
floy was dave's wife and my dad's best friend. this would have been taken at their house outside mobile, alabama.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

the dive shop

this is the las vegas dive shop which was opened and owned by steven spielberg. he also had stores in los angles and barcelona, spain as well. not sure if any are still open. the obvious menu item was submarine sandwiches. it was very good by the way, just was in a bad location in vegas. not sure what happened at the other sites.

{note:this photo has been altered by the author to remove undesired content}

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

holly coming off space mountain

this photo is dated april of 1996. not holly's first trip to the park; however, i believe this was her first time on space mountain. she is over joyed as you can see.

Monday, January 28, 2008

adventure has a name

and it's the 3 hour wait in line to ride indiana jones. well, that was back when it was new. now i hear the line is down to 1 to 2 hours. lol/ this is actually coming out of the ride and this jeep is just part of the que-ing.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

two of a kind

the caption reads william's birthday- feb. 1993. you never know how you'll feel looking back a moments like this until its way to late to do anything about it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

sacred elephant bathing pool

on this day, our expedition was blessed by the safari gods and we were afforded a glimpse at a sacred elephant bathing pool. this has not been seen by man in over 100 years and was a wonderful prize for our little band of adventurers up the gambazie river.

{thats what our river boat guide said!}

Friday, January 25, 2008

yes, we would like fries with that burger

in a 1992 photo we find mom and william waiting for their food at the old space place cafe at disneyland. this restaurant is no longer there and has been replaced by redd rockett's pizza port. it's a shame, i liked the openess of the old space port. right under space mountain and your right next to the line to go to see captain eo, off to the left in this picture. for you disneyland purest and geeks, yes, that is afairly good shot of one of the old style tomorrowland trash cans.

(i know, but there are people out there that collect pictures of the trash cans and rest rooms)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

outside is bad

this is a photo taken in 1994 of darrin and i at work. i was on a survey crew with cella-barr. this was a GPS job and really lots of fun. not bad lugging 40 lbs. around in the 116 degree heat. believe me, there were harder aspects to the job. surveying was both hard and fun to do in arizona. while working as a surveyor i was shot at once,had larger rocks rolled down the hill and hit the truck several times, chased by rattle snakes a lot and spit on too often to remember. hehhehe good times oh, froze on mt. lemon putting in the road up there, almost forgot.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

the many adventures of pete the bird

this photo is from oct. 1995. sarah is at grandmas house for the weekend probably. they are trying to get pete to say something i'm sure. what's funny, when was the last time you ever saw a bird interested in a whole orange?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

another moment i wish i could have back

this picture of mom and dad is dated oct. 1990. this is before dad started to go down.he looks very strong and they both look so happy. they had a wonderful and amazing relationship.something i was never able to find in life. i am so very happy they did.

Monday, January 21, 2008

now look you guys...

i have superpowers out here. this really cool purple shirt allows me to fly. no honest, watch. i can fly!never mind those shorts, i can fly all over this field. come on guys, believe me.hay, your shorts look funky too. oh well, never mind, i can flyyyyyyyyyyyyy. those boys are cute. wonder if they want to see me fly.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

a helping hand

at the same party, looks like grandpa needed some help to get a better look at the pinata. william was there.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

at a party

some unknown family party at a park. looks like william is having fun just hanging out and staying cool.

Friday, January 18, 2008

200,000 screamin rednecks

oh my, how can i describe my oct. 2004 trip to talladega.hallowed ground for any nascar fan. the size is overwhelming.the smell is that ras'in smell. the beer is hot; and the women are hotter still. the air is electric and the tension is downright hear it and you feel it in the pit of your stomach.

if your not running over someone then they are sure as hell running over you. the goodies walk is just amazing. it goes forever.

did i mention women. hay, what happens at talladega stays at talladega.

and then this. it is all about size at 'dega.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

sarah with one of her many friends.

i have seen a lot of kids at the park. the excitement, the impressions, the happiness and the sad. none of them ever compaired with the pure love and enjoyment sarah had with the characters. she always found them, got to them and got her hugs. she just had a way in the park that was a pure joy to experience.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

now this is scary

this picture is dated june 16,1974 which would put me in college. i do not recall the location, nor do i recognize the car. totally lost as to the context of the picture. hummmm maybe the haze of life at that time? or, i could be some sicko experiment in weird behavior conducted by aliens.

Monday, January 14, 2008

a hard mornings work

here is our soccer stars after their hard games. all tuckered out from running,jumping and playing in the grass.(you can see that right?) how come it was always me ready to go home and take a nap?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

in soccer jail

yes, it's true. my daughter is a jailbird. she busted out soon after this photo was taken and has been on the 'lamb' ever since. she was almost done with her sentance, but just could not take her cell mates any longer.

rumor has it, the little boy in this picture grew up to be an interior decorator and the girl grew up and was last seen on dancing with the stars. hummm. fate.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

my weekend world for several years

it got to the point where it ws almost year round. if i was not on the field somewhere, i was teaching a clinic somewhere. all soccer all the time. it did provide for a lot of travel, meeting really nice people and a few pleasant memories. all 4 of my kids have played and enjoyed the game.

this is mom and me somewhere on a soccer field.

Friday, January 11, 2008

life as a soccer dad

this is what you do on saturdays when you have kids that play soccer. this and ref. it is so very glamorous, let me tell you.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

which came first: the ...

right om my balcony. in my own home in broad daylight. i find sarah and autumn discussing it right there in front of me. such deep thinking in action is just amazing.

autumn: hay sarah, which came first; the chicken or the egg?
sarah: uahh i'm not sure autunm, let me think on that one for a minute and we'll see what i can dig up.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

until he would turn purple

when we went to the beach, both william and sarah would be in the water as fast as they could. never mind the thermal shock their bodies would go through.summer, winter never matters, the pacific is always cold at best. this day was windy, overcast and downright nasty. you can tell william is being brave but i know that water hurts. looks like sarah has retreated at least for a short while. both of them would stay in the water until they turned purple.

Monday, January 7, 2008

spending time with grandma

enjoying time on the couch; moments like these do not last forever. make the most of each other for as long as you can.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

september 12, 1979

we had been in los angles for several days. this was back when we would spend 5 days or more at the parks. this september had a bonus. i had gotten premier tickets to see apocalypse now at the pacific's cinerama dome, which was a big deal. i had called out about a month in advance for the tickets and i was able to reserve them for the 10:30 am showing. wow, i was excited.
the day before, the 11th, we had spent at disneyland taking pictures and generally just loafing around the park. the smog was horrible and made the day overall unpleasant. it was so bad that there was a brown haze about 3/4's of the way up the matterhorn which was very smelly and ugly.
the next day we get up in what i believe is plenty of time to get to the show, which is about 25 miles away in downtown la. as i get into the car and turn on the radio i am greeted with the news that the 12th would be the worst smog day in la for the past 25 years. undaunted, off we go up highway 5 towards downtown. traffic normally is bad, this day was just down right impossible. stop and go, nearly getting run over by a semi truck and 1 missed turn later we get to the parking lot. we get out of the car and run to the ticket booth.

the show had started about 10 minutes ago. i was crushed because these were reserved seats and that was that. it was go in and watch the movie, minus the first 10 minutes or give the tickets up.
i asked for the manager, who of course was not expected into work till around noon. dejected, we went and found a brunch down the street and waited.
at noon, we were back at the theater asking for the manager to see if we could do another showing, sometime over the next few days. good luck, opening weekend for a world preimer movie.
turns out, the manager did arrive, about 12:10, he had been running late all morning due to the smog as well and he totally understood my pleadings about being from out of town and the really horrible conditions in town that very day.
well, happy ending to this story. there were 2 seats that he had reserved for his friends at the next showing. at 2:30 in the balcony, first row, right in the middle. just amazingly awesome seats. he let us exchange for those seats and man was i happy.
my little adventure of september 12, 1979 - up the river.
{historical note of interest-$5.00 for a movie;apocalypse now was the first $5.00 movie ever}

Saturday, January 5, 2008

an how sweet we are with precious

the evidence speaks for itself. precious was loved and poor brandon was do-do. you know, both aaron and heather had day beds, i do not remember you having one. guess you started the whole day bad thing. and, what is that thing on your window sill? the white plushy?

Friday, January 4, 2008

The SAHNCSG’s brick memorial.

The Southern Arizona Head and Neck Cancer Support Group has a memorial at a local park here in town. I went by and took several pictures which I wanted to share. I hope it means at least a little something to each of you who see these. Their names will mean nothing to you, however, know that each one of those named lived their life as full as they could and showed courage every day in their battle with cancer. They are missed but not forgotten.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

brandon abuse.

see the sweet young child and how can anyone argue with that smile. so nice and kind. now, look at her hands as they attempt to strangle this poor little dogie. and she says she loves animals. all animals except brandon i guess. (LOL, I couldn't resist.)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

the La Serina

this is a picture of the U of A's dive boat the La Serina. she was given to the U by a wealthy benefactor. must be nice. she is the large craft just to right of center. i spent many days flopping off her tail. my major job was to go down first and clear the dive site for the students. i always thought that was funny as i was a student also. it was fun times. i sometimes wish i had been smart enough to finish but live takes strange turns. it was an exciting part of my past and a part that i will not forget.