E. Tennison, Editor
year's news may read much like a rerun of last year's. We worked and played;
Ray traveled; we traveled; we square danced. Well, this is kind of boring,
so perhaps I had better fill in the details.
will be here for Christmas this year, so it will be a noisy gathering as
usual. Missed Mark, Bev and Rick at Thanksgiving. Bev and Rick spent it
at Rick's brother's home in San Diego where his family joined them, and
Mark was invited to spend the holiday with them, which was quite nice since
he couldn't make it home.
is now traveling farther, longer and more frequently up and down the West
Coast, to offices in hio, to clients and prospects in Arizona, Colorado
and Texas. That 1993 temporary assignment in Texas now means he has omeone
working for him there, so he gets to help him cover the territory which
strangely seems to include Wal-Mart in rkansas?
retail industry into which Ray infused clients like Walt Disney, Buena
Vista, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Nintendo has become an "entertainment
region" and he is now Retail West/ Entertainment Manager whose job it is
to create an entire area for Entertainment--more work, more time...
mother in Phoenix had some health problems this year, and he was able to
spend some time there with her. She is on the road to recovery now, so
he is feeling much better also.
working the minimum at the Walnut Creek law firm I have handled for several
years. And still get to do as I please the remainder of the time--which
ain't all that bad!
bridge once a month, surf the net, and hide out in the sewing room with
multiple projects that I have going. I'll never live long enough to complete
them all, but I keep adding ideas into there.
little dog, Busby, died this past summer. I miss the little guy very much.
Lloyd lost his adopted cat in a diabetic coma. Although we have lost pets,
everyone is healthy, except for some bad backs, some allergies, and minor
complaints. We are grateful for that.
ninety-five started briskly with Ray going to Seattle, to Columbus, and
then to New York where I met him for four days of theater and city. From
there I flew home and Ray went to New Orleans returning the morning we
left for Maui. June took us first to Chicago en route to Birmingham and
a college friend in Pittsburgh in July. It was hot, but the company was
great. We vowed to do it again.
enjoyed driving on the left last year so much, we decided to vacation in
England and Ireland this year.
flew into London then traveled south from Windsor, to Runnymeade where
the Magna Carta was signed, and to the white cliffs of Dover. Then to several
of Henry VIII's castles built to fortify him against anticipated repercussions
from Rome. In Canterbury we stood where Thomas à Becket was martyred,
and visited the site of St. Augustine's abbey.
literally, soaked in the mysteries of Stonehenge in the rain, and then
visited the magnificent Gothic cathedrals at Salisbury and Wells.
we traced the Arthurian legend (well some people say it is a legend, but
some of us, consider it history). The ruins of his birthplace castle at
Tintagel on the Cornwall coast were great, then to Glastonbury where monks
found his and Guinevere's graves and built a tomb for Arthur. Was it just
coincidence that the Abbey was in financial difficulty at the time, and
this brought a good many pilgrims?
the Roman Baths at, where else, Bath, were fascinating, even if the Victorians
did mess with them. Then we crossed the bridge into Wales to Tintern Abbey
of Wordsworth fame--and deserving of it. Also had to go to St. David's
since my formative years were spent in an elementary school named after
this Welsh patron saint.
Wales we took the ferry to Ireland. First we went to my ancestral county
of Kilkenny. Then we hurried to kiss the Blarney Stone, on to Limerick
and Galway through the green and quite wet Irish countryside with its tiny
roads. Saw castles and ruins of abbeys while driving to Dublin. In Dublin
I looked up my family's parish location at the Irish National Archives.
Went to Trinity College to see the magnificently illustrated Book of Kells,
and the castles and cathedrals famous in Dublin.
to England for stops in Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon. We spent our last
four days in London, with one at Hampton Court. It was a great vacation.
Almost four weeks of history and literature and legends. I picked up some
kind of allergy (to Irishmen?). I'm still breaking out in rashes and scratching
danced as often as possible this past year. Ray's extensive travel moved
most of our dancing to weekends and monthly Showcase dances, plus an occasional
one night excursion. A favorite January weekend was superseded by a compulsory
company trip to a fabulous resort on Maui. Ah, the price of success.
March weekend was flooded out, so our first excursion wasn't until May
to Monterey, then to the National Convention in Birmingham in June, and
a great time in Watsonville in July. Labor Day weekend was in the Gold
Country, then the Napa Valley and Santa Cruz in November.
in New York, we saw Beauty and the Beast, Kiss of the Spiderwoman,
An Inspector Calls, and Miss Saigon. Talk about theater gluttons.
treated me to Grease when it played in San Francisco. The
Walnut Creek theater did fine performances of Guys and Dolls, Singin'
in the Rain, and the Student Prince.
Tune did Buskers here before he took it to Broadway, as did
John Davidson and Catherine Crosby in State Fair. Really
fun seeing these performers whom I haven't seen in years.
Caesar at Stratford which we saw there
play pinochle monthly, and our "Meet 'n Eat" group flourishes seven times
have just enjoyed our annual Holiday parties, including an "ornament exchange"
and a Hanukkah Party. New Year's Eve will be here as usual, then New Year's
Day a cioppino dinner with friends.
40th Wedding anniversaries this year, so additional festivities in '96.
A May Pancake Breakfast, a 4th of July Barbeque, and our November trip
to Calistoga continue the traditions through the year with multiple impromptu
get-togethers in the interim.
continues in his computer business. He is also involved in managing a small
chain of dry cleaners, as he looks to the diminishing profitability of
small computer sales and service firms like his.
is on the board of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and also serves on
the board at his condominium complex. His networking has crossed our paths
with our financial planner and with a bona fide "handyman" who actually
does things around the house.
doctoral dissertation will be complete early in 1996. Her doctorate and
graduation from the University of San Francisco are imminent.
in the midst of research and working full time as Aquatic Director she
took the state boards for a physical therapist and passed.
exercises daily, usually running, and is as zealous as ever in her routine.
She, too, has season tickets to the theater and again to the San Francisco
friend was married in Atlanta last June, so Gail flew there to be in the
wedding. She camped with Monica in Yosemite also spent time in San Diego.
third grade this year, Monica is so grown up we can scarcely believe it.
She does well in school, enjoys any sport, reading, and participating in
after school activities. We attended her choral program and a play this
past week. Summertime was outdoors and lots of swimming.
has forsaken the big city and big firm lawyering she was doing and is now
attempting to establish herself in Contra Costa County.
is searching for an area of specialization, as she was pretty well burned
out on antitrust and securities. She pretty much knows what she doesn't
want to do. She would like to work as a child advocate, but also needs
to pay her bills.
also has season tickets to the Walnut Creek theater and often attends the
same San Francisco performances we do.
teaches 6th grade in Antioch and went to 6th grade camp in the Sierra foothills.
She did a Math Presentation to the School Board and took a Spanish class
for educators to help communicate with parents of Hispanic students. Happily,
she had no more automobile accidents, and enjoys driving her truck which
has a brand new shell.
an Account Engineer Rick does loss control consulting worldwide for H-P
and Intel. He travels in the U.S. and has been to Europe and to the Far
East this past year.
enjoyed six days in May on the Big Island of Hawaii and stayed in Kona
by the lava flows which awed them, especially at night. Bev melted a pair
of shoes walking on the hot lava. They hiked in Colorado in July, and in
Yosemite and Mammoth in October.
has season tickets to the theater but goes with a friend, as Rick isn't
a theater buff. He is an eager homeowner and their home shows much of his
handiwork. Their garden is awesome, as Bev would say.
got out of Dodge, otherwise known as Bakersfield, when the opportunity
presented itself and is now a Catering Sales Manager at the Red Lion near
the Los Angeles airport. He lives in Playa del Rey which is practically
on the beach, so naturally he has to travel inland to skydive.
attended job-related seminars in May in Portland and in Las Vegas in March.
vacation was to the "World Freefall Convention" in Quincy, Illinois where
he jumped from seven different aircraft--including a jet, a helicopter,
a biplane and a super 727. Be still my heart!
highlights, he tells me, include competing in a regional 20-way and 10-way
jumps and attempting jumps of up to 72 people. He now has made over 520
jumps. He used to be over six feet tall and is now just 5'2". Just kidding!
He loves it, and maybe by the time he reads this he will have told us about
the problem he had with his chute while we were on vacation!
Jove, he did it. Paul has just finished his last exam and is officially
a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California
at Davis. The diploma will be forthcoming in a bit---I'm assuming it will
be "with honors."
February he will begin an intern position with Sandia National Labs in
Livermore. In the meantime, he plans to drive in January to prospective
Midwestern and East Coast grad schools.
spent five weeks this summer traveling through Europe and Ireland with
a backpack, a Eurail Pass and a Youth Hostel membership.
to Paris, then on to the French Grand Prix and Nice, then Monte Carlo.
to the Monteux Jazz Festival.
Florence, Venice and Pisa.
then Budapest and Prague.
for a quick visit.
Paris to take the ferry to Ireland.
he visited a friend and did many "Irish" deeds and had a great time.
wish you and yours a very happy and healthy Holiday Season. And may God
be with you in the coming New Year!
Joy and Ray
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