Photoblog – 2004 Red Sox victory parade

As yet another Red Sox season ends with a whimper, I thought I’d reminisce about an epic season (no, not ’86!) and share my photos from the victory parade.

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In Memory of Shiki Toma

In Memoriam
Shiki Toma
September 1943 – December 1988

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Humor – 80s Flashback

You Know You Grew Up In The 80’s if:

1. You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.

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In Memory of 9/11 – Ground Zero

I’ve visited New York City a number of times in the past few years.  People still go about their daily business – this is New York, after all – but there is a huge void there.  The World Trade Center complex was a landmark from which you could get your bearings no matter where you stood.  Now its absence marks the loss of 3000 souls.  May they rest in peace.

View of post-9/11 Manhattan from Jersey City – August 25, 2002
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In Memory of 9/11

I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to spend some time in New York City during the summer of 2001.  In June I attended a trade show and award ceremony, and spent a full day seeing the city before heading back to visit family in Boston and then I flew home via Washington.

And in September I visited family in Boston again, and then visited friends in New Jersey.  I dropped my friend Preston off at Newark Airport, and then drove back to Boston, where I caught my flight back to Indy.

Two days later, terrorists departed from those same airports.

Five years later, some of the shock, sadness and anger have dissipated – for me, at least.  Yet for many the losses that day had a far greater impact.  My deepest sympathies to all who lost friends and family on that day and in the wars since.  And we all pray for the safety of Charles and all his comrades deployed overseas.

~ Lee

Battery Park – June 5, 2001

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Work – My freakin’ inbox

Okay, so I was away from work for two days last week, and when I came back, this is what my inbox looked like:

…a foot-high stack of change notices to review!

What’s the deal?  Do people drop stuff off at my desk when I’m not there because I’m not there to defend my desk?  A practical joke maybe?  NOT FUNNY.

And now I’m gonna be away for another day-and-a-half.  Uh-oh.


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Travel – Mono Lake

In 2001 I had to go to Reno, Nevada for a conference on Pro/ENGINEER computer aided design software.  So, I tried to make the best of it, and I added extra time on both weekends for personal travel.  I got to see Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City, Devil’s Postpile, Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake.  That’s a lotta stuff to fit into two weekends!  But somehow I managed it, and for the most part had a great time traveling.

I had read about Mono Lake many years ago in a National Geographic article.  It described how the lake was isolated in a desert valley, and how Los Angeles was taking the freshwater from the local streams and piping it away.  The result is that the lake is gradually drying up.

The unusual thing about Mono Lake is that it has hot springs that pump water in from the surrounding water table.  Some of this water dissolves the minerals, and deposits them when it enters the lake.  This creates chimneys of tufa, which have become exposed as the water level has dropped.  The landscape is eerie, spooky and alien-looking.  Seems almost like a Tim Burton fantasyland.

It is bizarre and fascinating to walk among these formations.  Now that they are exposed to the wind and rain (and tourists!), they are gradually eroding away.  I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to see them.  And now I am sharing some of my pictures of this surreal landscape.  Hope you enjoy.

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Roy’s 90th Birthday

So on Saturday August 26th, Roy celebrated his 90th birthday.  Thanks to the Niertit family for hosting…

It was good to get out and see everyone.  I don’t get out that way very often now that I don’t drive to Indiana.  Usually, on my short trips, everyone is off doing their own things – work, school, etc.  But on a big occasion like this, EVERYONE was there, including people I’ve only seen on family trees – plus people I’ve never even heard of!

I had hoped to enjoy some nice fresh ripe New York peaches on my trip, but for some reason, this has been a bad season for them.  So between the bad crop and the business trip, no peaches to bring back for family or for work…  Oh well.  Maybe next year.

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At the Sox vs Jays game on Friday night

Thanks to Sam and the Lallys… Got to go to the Sox game against the Blue Jays on Friday night.  One of two wins in a season quickly crumbling away…

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Charles visits from Afghanistan

We were all happy to welcome Charles home from Afghanistan for a couple weeks this month.  He is now back overseas, servicing helicopters.

Laura and Charles (and Annemarie)

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