First of all, thanks to all of you who toil in the name of humanity.
I have been very fortunate to have worked with and communicated with some great people over the years, some far more dedicated than I. But most of all it is the great and positive attitude of those who look at life as a challenge to make a positive effect on family, friends and their contributions to our society that inspire me. Have a great weekend!
The kids go back to school on Tuesday and that is the official end of summer up here. Yesterday we had our last outdoor gathering at the "Boat Club," "Swanie" and I barbecued one hundred chicken halves and a good time was had by all. This part of the Allegheny River is quite pristine and there were quite a few folks kayaking, swimming skiing, fishing etc, and we ate at 6 PM.
That first pic is the North end of the club.
I got "smoked" along with the chicken (basted with a couple brewskies) and was home by nine o'clock. There was a day when I would have been the last one there!
If you enlarge this pic, you can see my eyes are slits due to the "smoke."
The Corn Huskers, wife on the left.
The other two are natives of this area. One is a retired first grade teacher and the other teaches in a multi-cultural school in Harrisburgh. Her son flies "Stealth" aircraft.
BTW, the retired gal has some very, very funny stories about her adventures as a first grade teacher!
If you enlarge this one you can see what I used to ply the efforts of them to husk all the corn. hehehe
Our youngest son, a senior in H.S., and girlfriend.
His social schedule is quite demanding so we were surprised that he came in for dinner (only slight sarcasm.)
And here's my favorite eddy in the river in this area. The river stays very clean due to the fact that it is the longest gravel and sand bottomed river in the world.
Growing up on the Allegheny, it has been one of our most important sources of fun and all types of entertainment.
My ashes shall be interred right here.
And I hope my kids will come back to the club, sit here, look across the scene in that last pic, relax and say, "the ol' man is part of all that now, as he was in life."
I know they will have plenty of my misadventures to laugh about!
Take care, all,
Peace, and, out for now,