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Our Seventieth Year

July 27, 2011

Our Seventieth Year


In this the summer of our seventieth year

Friends will come from far and near

We’ll laugh and talk and drink some beer

In this, the summer of our seventieth year.


The classmates we knew both young and so wrong

The girls so pretty, the boys so strong

We may not have not seen for ever so long

And may not again, so near our last song.


But this day we will gather and remember the day

When the world and the future before us lay

And all things were possible if we but find the way

Although both fate and fortune will have its say.


So in this the summer of our seventieth year

With our successes and failures behind us clear

We’ll reclaim our youth and our friendships dear

In this the summer of our seventieth year.




SHS 59 “70th Birthday Party Bash”

When:    Aug 20 2011 11:00  AM – Aug 20 2011 3:00 PM

Where:   Splash Lively Park Swim Center Shelter A, 6100 Thurston Road Springfield, OR 97478

Description:    Picnic in the Park: All local classmates to furnish potluck (Classmates from out of town come and enjoy, leave the cooking to us). Bring main dish, side dish or salad (enough for 6 people). Utensils, Refreshments (Non-Alcoholic) provided. Birthday Cakes of course! Furnished by volunteer classmates.

Patty and Jack

July 24, 2011

I am constantly amazed and delighted by women in general and Patty in particular.   I firmly believe that women are much more evolved than men and frankly, I don’t know why they put up with us.  If I were a woman, I would definitely be a lesbian.  Look around and you will see what I mean.  See that hairy, fat, bald and totally gross guy with the beautiful woman.  Think Sandra Bullock and Jesse James or Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods or Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton and you’ll see what I mean.  All women in a heterosexual relationship are settling.   And it’s not just looks either, they’re just better people.  They’re generally more reasonable, thoughtful, caring and considerate.  At least that’s been my experience. 

That’s not to say they’re perfect.  Their ability to remember things for decades that you’d rather forget is sometimes troublesome.  For instance, about thirty years ago Patty once went for three days without speaking to me and I didn’t notice.  She reminds me of that pretty frequently when we’re discussing how thoughtless and inconsiderate I am.   And I am thoughtless and inconsiderate, I once left her in an apartment in Panama with a large stalk of bananas and very little furniture while I went on a two or three week trip to somewhere in South America.  Another time I neglected to take the trash out when she mentioned it, so she took it out and tripped and broke a bone in her foot and ended up with a cast on her leg while she was eight months pregnant in Panama. 

I sometimes wonder why she stuck around.  I’m not the easiest guy in the world to get along with and I don’t have a lot going for me.  I’m pretty average in most respects, I’m a lousy dancer and I’m not wealthy, so why?  I don’t know why.  I’m just happy she has.  And I think that our relationship isn’t very different from a lot of other couples.  The man is happily unaware of what a totally despicable person he is and the woman is patiently carrying the burden of trying to make the world a better place while ensuring the propagation of the species. 

I’ve heard that we may evolve to the point where we attain the capability for asexual reproduction and if that happens the future doesn’t look good for me.   Because, really, that’s the only thing we’re good for…reproduction.  And we know that, that’s why we’re so fixated on it.  And we suck at that too.  For instance, we
send a couple million sperm out to fertilize one egg and frequently don’t succeed because they don’t know where they’re going and are too stupid to ask for directions.  Men are typical of other species in this regard.  I used to have a hazelnut orchard and the pollinizer trees would send out clouds of pollen (male sperm) just looking for an egg somewhere.   They don’t care if it’s another hazelnut tree or a Canadian thistle, they just want to get laid. 

Men are flawed and have screwed up everything.  War is a guy thing and religions were pretty much invented by men and used to keep women in subjugation.  Politics and law have been man-dominated forever as is business, finance, and science.   Why?  Are we smarter than women?  Hardly!  Mostly it’s might makes right which is how we gain power, both individually and in groups or nations.   That is slowly changing but the jury is out on whether it is quick enough to save us as a species.

Well, Patty has been gone for almost three weeks on a trip to Europe and this is what happens to me when she’s gone.  I’ve got too much time on my hands and I’ve lost direction and focus and I begin to ramble.  I think maybe I should try to talk her out of these trips she takes, but then I realize that wouldn’t be good.  That would just make her frustrated and that’s the last thing you want…a frustrated woman around.  It’s better for both of us if she goes to enjoy the lavender field around a monastery in southern France without me, since they probably won’t have a brew pub anyway.

Threescore and ten

July 18, 2011

Threescore and ten


“The days of our  years are threescore years and ten;

and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,

yet is their strength labor and sorrow;

for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

Well, here we go again- Patty is off on another European vacation with Susan and I’m left here to tend the house and take care of the yard,   which is a situation that works for us since I spent a lot of time traveling when I was younger and I really enjoy this place.  This year has been unseasonably cool even though a lot of the country has been sweltering in record heat and drought.  Today it’s cloudy and threatening showers and very cool for mid-July.  It’s one of those days where it’s easy to become reflective and without Patty to tether me down, I’m free to ponder and reminisce.

I guess what really got me in this mood was looking out my kitchen window and seeing a red fox trotting across the yard.  I’m 70 years old and this is the first time I’d ever seen a wild red fox.  I realized  that  I’ve seen more wildlife from these windows than I’ve ever seen in my life; raccoons, skunks, deer, squirrels, and there have been bear and cougar sightings in the neighborhood.  I wonder why there seems to be more wildlife now than there was when I was a boy, even though I spent a lot of my boyhood in the woods and near the river.  I don’t have an answer but I kind of like it. 

Patty will be gone for about three weeks altogether and I’m generally on hold until she gets back and gives me a kick-start.  I waste a lot of time watching movies that I don’t watch while she’s here, mostly bad and uninspiring.  The action movies and horror movies that she hates and I am drawn to and then sorry I wasted my time on.  Also, the books that she has the good sense not to waste time on.  For instance, I just finished a Dean Koontz and again told myself that I would never waste a moment reading his trash ever again. 

I know that I need to replace the roof on the carport and wash the windows but those are both such huge undertakings that I am finding it extremely difficult to get started.  Also, Patty asked me not to do the windows until she was here to call 911.  Some of our windows can only be reached from the top of a 30’ ladder and I fell off the ladder a few years ago and lost a summer to broken bones.  It’s becoming more important to not take so many chances since I’m lucky to still be here and I don’t heal as quickly as I once did.

Patty and I both have school reunions this summer and they’re both in Springfield on the same weekend in August.  We missed most of the reunions over the years except for our 20th which were three years apart.  Mine was in ’79, the year I retired from the Air Force and hers was in ’82 while we were living on the vineyard in Fowler, CA.  This year most of my classmates are 70 years old and it’s Patty’s 49th reunion and they’ll be making plans for what will probably be a big reunion next year.  Patty runs their website which has seen very little interest so far but may become important to her classmates this year.   It is a very well-put-together site, thanks to Susan and Kai, but this may be the last year Patty will bother with it since her classmates don’t seem to care about it. 

The 70 years we are allotted may not be true anymore since a lot of people now live longer than that and my grandkids, Samuel and Gabriel, could well live past 100 because of recent advances in genome and stem cell
research.  I don’t dwell on mortality but I’m more aware of it now and I don’t fear it.  I’m very lucky to have a good life and I know a lot of people that have had a much tougher time of it.  Most of the world’s population, come to think of it.   I think I was lucky to have been born when and where I was born and to have had the incredible good fortune to have found Patty to share my life with. 

So, here’s looking forward to fourscore and I hope it continues to be as much fun as it’s been.

Pattys Roots

July 13, 2011

Daughter of the American Revolution

Patty Jo Ware

Is a regularly approved member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having been admitted by the National Board of Management by virtue of her descent from a patriot who with unfailing loyalty served as a sailor, soldier, civil  officer, or rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence during the Revolutionary War This twenty-seventh day of June 2011

Ancestor:   Richard Caldwell Vernon of North Carolina

It took Patty about two months to accomplish this and she was surprised that the easiest path was through her mother’s side of the family.   She is still working on genealogy matters and hopes to establish further ties to the Revolutionary War through her mother’s side, the Lindsley family and maybe through the Wares and the Grays as well.

The result of all this is that it will be very easy for Susan, Traci, Gabriel and Samuel to become members of DAR or Children of the American Revolution.  Also, Patty’s brothers and sisters can now become members based on her research and acceptance.   I guess
it’s good to know who your ancestors were and it gives a sense of who you are and your place in the world.

She is currently awaiting information from a distant cousin in Florida who recently inherited his father’s extensive genealogy records and said that, since he is retiring as a state government official this summer and will have time to do it, he will send her further information on the Colquette Family.  There may be further ties to the Revolution and to President Adams through that branch.

My nephew Gary and his wife Cathy are very much into genealogy and are planning on a trip to gather information on family and ancestors later this summer and have promised to share what they find.  That may help in identifying ancestors on my side and where they came from.  I have my suspicions.

Patty has found that she is a descendant of Samuel Adams and of Eli Whitney as well as John and Quincy Adams so I doubt that I have any chance of matching her illustrious lineage. One disappointment is that she has been unable to track my mother’s family back very far and unable to establish where mom’s Indian heritage came from.  One look at my mother when she was in her forties, with her long, black hair in a braid down her back and her high cheekbones and piercing gray eyes and you knew she was American Indian.  Dad used to call her the old siwash.

Anyhow, this has caught Patty’s interest and she always throws herself into these things with dedication and determination so I think we’ll have further developments in the near future. I’m sure it will be fodder for further Chronospots postings because that
is what this blog is all about- family.

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