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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pomp With Circumstance . . . Healdsburg High (& Jr High)

The sound of the familiar Pomp & Circumstance was wafting through the air -- 'til it wasn't . . . on Thursday evening.  That was the night of the Healdsburg Junior High School Graduation ceremony. It was a hot day, but we had the a/c off and were enjoying the breeze when we heard the opening sounds of graduation coming through LOUD and clear.


We were finishing up dinner while enjoying Jeopardy when there was a very loud explosion coming from the direction of the ceremony. Everything stopped including Dino who stared at the location of the loud bang. All things electric went off with some of them "dimming" instead of shutting down . . .

In a bit some music started up again and some "speaker" voices -- but we remained "in the dark" and we did so for the next one and a half hours . . . not so bad when compared to places like Oklahoma . . .

Healdsburg High School Graduation Ceremony

The next night, Friday, was the designated night for the high-schoolers to celebrate -- and they did. But first there was the ceremony. Being outside was very pleasant. There were some 150 + graduates including one that we came to see -- Olivia -- my (our) Grand Niece.


The above shows some of the celebration of Olivia receiving her diploma (with Honors). I was limited in my photographic abilities partly due to my mobility and partly due to various blocking agents. But overall the program was appropriate and pleasant to attend. And we heard no explosions . . .

Olivia is slated to attend Seattle University in September (if you click on the above you can see the SU on her "cap") and we most likely at some point will visit her on campus -- we always enjoy trips back to the Seattle area . . .

Sometime the Solution is sooo Simple

This week I was lucky enough to spot a new addition for the computer keyboard which utilizes the location of a couple of little used keys and with the addition of the proprietary software, many of the everyday problems that plague us were virtually eliminated . . .



So -- there you have it. At the top is the button, I snapped a pic of the screen as the software was loaded and voila -- everything is now OK . . . we feel a lot better. Why we didn't see this before I don't know . . .
(The above was located on:  www.stumbleupon.com)

Webinar Wednesday

I worked on a variety of things relating to our family tree this week -- but again a highlight for me was the webinar put on by Legacy Family Tree -- this week the speaker was delivering facts relating to "autosomal DNA" testing.

Granted, you probably already know most of the facts, but the field is growing very rapidly. I first sent in my cheek swab 7 or 8 years ago with FamilyTree DNA. Over the years I have received many many connections to follow up on with respect to relatives -- some I was able to prove the relationship, others were a bit distant . . .


Actually this subject has and is hard to "put my arms around". I have swabbed my cheeks and "spit" into a tube for two different companies -- FTDNA and Ancestry.com.   After absorbing the webinar above, I have decided on sending my DNA into a third company, 23andMe. In fact I have just finished filling the portion of the tube that they have sent to me and am about to drop it into the mail for testing.

Why did I go with a third company -- because 23andMe includes health issues in their responses and I think that is very valuable information to have and share with family.

I am anxious to find out the results of the above -- and that should come back to me in about 6 weeks or so.

We're Tired and we just Attended

The graduation ceremony is just one of the events begging attendance -- the other is the graduation party. This party was held at and provided by the parents of Olivia. The weather was perfect and the timing was great -- 5 to 8 pm on Saturday night.



Above are just "some" of the folks attending -- there was a large and diverse list of folks. The food was excellent, the music very enjoyable (we like this group) and the conversations were a lot of fun. The graduate had to be tired (as was her Mother) because she attended the after ceremony celebration sponsored by the school and continued into the wee hours.

The other amazing fact was that as tired as Olivia was, after her party, she was planning on attending another party that a fellow graduate was putting on . . . just sitting in the chair made me very tired . . . and today both of us feel exhausted . . .

Pool Time

Not eight-ball or rotation -- actual folks in our pool. Some of the out-of-towners dropped by for dips into and around the pool on a very hot day. We were glad to offer up the cooling effect of the water and extended the offer for the coming hot spell.


The day was perfect for enjoying the pool. The water while -- we thought was warm -- felt actually cool at first due to the temperature difference -- but once in, it was fine . . .

Lastly

A couple of posts (2) ago, I included a picture of my (our) Great Grandmother Elise Martin. She had several of her Great Grand Children situated around her -- AND I mentioned that I could ID all of the kids for sure except for the girl on her lap and the little boy on her lap . . .



Well -- I heard from "the little boy" on her lap -- it is my brother, Marv -- I had no idea when I saw this picture and I had mentioned that there were none of my siblings included in the group . . . boy was I wrong. The little girl my brother also identified as I suspected -- Vivian Hiles.

So that was a bit of our week. We may have burgers tonight . . . See you all in a few!










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