Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving - a day of opposites

Our Thanksgiving Day was not only a day of thanks, it was also a day of total opposites. For almost 30 years, we hosted giant Thanksgiving dinners for family and friends.

After dinner we spent hours cleaning up the kitchen and playing board games. Now, with Samantha, Jake and George happily settled in Silicon Valley, our Thanksgiving Day celebrations consist of small gatherings where somebody else does the dishes, we are the youngest participants and .... believe it or not, I am the tallest.
In recent years, our Thanksgiving afternoons have been consumed with quiet naps. This year, we joined friends at their comfortable home for an afternoon of wholesome family fun and youthful vitality.  We were not even close to being the youngest nor was I even close to being the tallest. There was nothing quiet or nap-like about it. I helped build fun stuff ...
while Helen engaged in a lively (and very serious) game of spoons.

Speaking of opposites ... 1,500 miles away, Samantha, Jake and George spent Thanksgiving Day having a picnic on the beach with Beth. George played in the sand and waded into the Pacific Ocean.
Despite the wide range of Thanksgiving opposites ... the one common similarity is that we are all very thankful for our freedom, our family and our friends.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

World's Fair and FaceTime with George

In the summer of 1965, our family, including Grandma Katy, packed into our brand new 1965 Buick Electra 225 convertible and ... after Dad served his 2 weeks of active duty at Fort Sheridan, Illinois ... drove to New York to attend the 1964-1965 World's Fair
The five of us, along with 51,607,302 other visitors, gazed at the expositions with awe and wonder. The FUTURAMA exposition took us on ride to the City of Tomorrow. We stared in disbelief at the idea of floating around in air cars,
were introduced to the computer modem and watched Abraham Lincoln come alive thanks to the wonders of Audio-Animatronics.

However, the most intriguing to me was Bell Telephone's new fangled concept known as the Picturephone.
Predictions were that Picturephones would be a common household appliance in the near future. There was only one catch ... they were very, very expensive. A 3 minute Picturephone call between New York and Chicago cost $27 ... the equivalent of $206 today. 

Well, a mere 50 years later, the Picturephone is finally an affordable reality. Known to us as FaceTime
it offers grandparents in Kansas the opportunity to see, and visually interact with, their grandson in California. We love FaceTime with George.

While technology marches on, some things never change. I still love, and occasionally drive, the now almost 50 year old 1965 Buick Electra 225 convertible.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Halloween Weekend - Samantha, Jake, George, Philipp and Nica

Halloween weekend brought George to town for his very first Potwin Halloween. Samantha and Jake dressed him as a golfer ... complete with Scottish Tam, argyle sweater and knickers.  

Although George was the coolest of Trick or Treaters, over 1,500 others visited us as well. Granny and Granddad helped Samantha and Jake hand out the treats.

Philipp, now living and working in Boulder, arrived late Halloween night with Nica ... a very special and beautiful addition to Philipp's life.
We spent the weekend hanging out with young people, playing in the leaves with George
and introducing George to Bobo's apple pie.
Mega thanks to Philipp for letting us meet Nica. Thanks also to Jake and Samantha for sharing themselves ... and George ... with us.

Halloween was scary fun.