Thursday, September 30, 2010

40th High School Class Reunion

Last weekend was our Topeka High School 40th Class Reunion.  Yep, Helen and both graduated from Topeka High School in 1970.  We didn't know each other then, but certainly had friends in common.

Somehow when we lined up for our class picture, Helen got in the front row (far right) and I got in the back row (far left) ... with all the other tall guys.

Geesh ... these people are old.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Labor Day Snowman

Labor Day around here was pretty lazy ... kind of a giant nap after Jake's and Samantha's wedding weekend.   Helen organized the household while Jonas and I played with battery operated flying machines.  We went for a ride in the convertible, enjoyed fireworks left over from the rained-out 4th of July and slept.  Oh yes ... we also adopted a homeless Snowman that was left on our front porch Labor Day morning.   While I'm not exactly sure where he came from, I do have a hunch.

For months I have been enduring the ridicule of our neighbor, Tom.  Yep, he seems to think that our classic (and elegant) Christmas decorations are way, waaaaaay too simple.  I've explained to him that it sometimes takes me minutes to hang the 2 wreaths and even more time to plant the spot lights on them.  (One year it was extra complicated as the extension cord was tangled.)  Here is the result:

Tom has no sympathy and declares that that his 1,000 lights (professionally installed over a period of days) somehow trumps our wreaths.

This has instilled such wrath in Tom that he has publicly attacked me over the Potwin Listserve.  In fact, his ire has inspired numerous emails to the entire neighborhood lambasting me for being such a slacker.  Some Potwinites have defended me while others have sided with Tom.  So, when the Mayor announced that Potwin would be the benefactor of numerous donated Christmas decorations, I feared the worst.  Wisely, I avoided the Labor Day Christmas Decoration Give-Away by staying away.  Well, as luck would have it, this guy (carrying wreaths) showed up on our front porch.

To make matters worse, Helen has now fallen in love with the little guy and wants to keep him.  Geesh ... one more thing to plug in.  I'm naming him Tommy.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Samantha and Jake get married

Yep, after months of planning, Samantha and Jake got married on August 28, 2010. 

Family and friends came from all over the world to celebrate.  It was spectacular! 

Thousands of pictures were taken and even more memories were made.  In the end, Samantha Crow is now Mrs. Jacob Quist ... and we couldn't be happier.
If you would like to watch a video summary of the wedding events, click here.  The case-sensitive password is "Samantha" with a capital S.