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Between the rainy weather and the Corona virus pandemic, we had a sparse turnout for the March Luncheon. Those of us that did show got to have some good conversation along with some good food.

Jim and Connie Wallner, Mike Lewis, and myself had a great visit.

Here's Mike Lewis showing Connie Wallner that he wasn't afraid to get close.

More pictures here.

Why don't you join us next month? We meet each month for lunch at Abuelo's on US75 in Plano at 11:30 a.m. on the 13th of each month, or the following Monday if the 13th falls on a weekend or holiday.

Mike Lewis and Connie Wallner

Emily and her new daughter

Wow! Kevin's a great uncle now too! His niece Emily just had a New Year's baby son! These babies are popping up faster than I can keep up with!

While everyone was enjoying the December "Lost Friends' Luncheon" at Abuelo's, Angie and I were in an observation car on the Panama Canal Railway getting a scenic look at the canal and surrounding jungle from a different perspective. We were on a 15 day cruise from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale via the Canal. Here we're off to look at the new Agua Clara locks which have been built since we were last here.

Pictures from the cruise are posted here on Flickr.

Angie and Jim Harrison

Kevin Chu with his new son Lucas

We've also got a new great nephew! Ping and Kevin Chu welcomed new son Lucas into the world just a few days ago! Here's Kevin holding Lucas.

Here's my new sweetheart, Ei Shin! She's all dressed up, has her dancin' shoes on, and is ready to party! She's our great niece, the grand daughter of Angie's youngest brother.

Ei Shin, my new sweetheart!

Joe Reed and myself relaxing on the porch of his new storage building.

Just before I got to Tennessee, Joe suddenly got in need of some storage space. He had this "storage shed" built and installed on the property. We quickly determined that it was going to be a great place to just sit and talk a spell and maybe watch it rain. I have a feeling that front room will soon see air conditioning and that a man cave is in the works!

I had a great time seeing some of my old friends, relatives, and high school classmates in Tennessee this year. Here at the reunion dinner are Alice Ball McCutcheon, Carol Stockton Mannon, and John Taylor. John has been the mastermind behind these reunion dinners. As usual, all the pictures are collected in this album on Flickr in the 

Alice Ball McCutcheon, Carol Stockton Mannon, and John Taylor

Kung Fu Fighter

Things are finally getting back to normal around here. Angie's back from an unexpectedly long stay in Taiwan. One month turned into three!

While visiting for a month to spend Chinese New Year with her mother and family, she was brutally attacked on 22 February 2019 by a knife wielding, drug crazed woman and cut badly in the abdomen and hands. This news article gives a fairly close account of what happened. Thanks to excellent care at the University Hospital in Tainan, Taiwan, the damage was expertly repaired, and now she's well on her way to recovery.

In this picture taken in the hospital, she's wearing hospital pajammas and an abdomen support belt which she thought made her look like a Kung Fu fighter. Hence she struck the pose with her mother. This was about a week after the incident.

We learned just after Christmas 2019 that the woman responsible for the attack was sentenced to 7½ years in prison.

We finished up our 2018 Southampton-Singapore cruise with a stop by Taiwan to see lots of friends from the old days and of course, family. While in Taiwan we had a great time seeing old friends, revisiting old favorite spots, and seeing lots of places new to us. While we were in Taipei Lynn Liu drove us all over North Taiwan it seemed, and acted as guide to the MTR, new to us.

Here we've stopped outside the entry gate to the Grand Hotel in Taipei for a snap shot. For us it was a really nice warm day, but for locals it was getting cold with winter approaching.

L-R:  Jenny, once Angie's room mate, Lynn, a long time friend, AiYueh, Angie's older sister, and Angie.

Jenny, Lynn, AiYueh, and Angie at the entry to the Grand Hotel, Taipei

Angie and I at the Singapore airport

Our cruise terminated in Singapore where we made a quick transfer to the Changi Singapore airport for a flight to Taiwan. Angie and I took advantage of the extensive Christmas decorations to get a picture which I later used for our Christmas card.

Angie and I at the "Rock of Gibraltar". This was a treat as neither of us had been here before. And those monkeys are even more mischievous than they told you!

Angie and I at the "Rock of Gibraltar"

It's a tough life but someone has to do it!

In 2018 when the opportunity arose to take a cruise from Southampton England to Singapore through the Suez Canal we jumped on it. It was a 38 day cruise stopping at a lot of places we had never been plus some we were happy to see again.

Here I am back on board after a day of touring Malta about to enjoy some ice cream. One for me and one for Angie who is taking the picture.

It's a tough life but someone has to do it!

Pictures of the entire cruise are posted here, and if you're really into cruise pictures, all of our cruises - so far - are here.

Angie invited April and Isabella Allen to join her and Margarita Flores for Dim Sum recently. I was shocked when these two lovely young ladies showed up at the door. Seems like it was just a few days ago that they were just little tykes, playing tea parties and climbing trees!

Now Isabella's starting high school, April is starting  college, and Jim is feeling a lot older!

L-R:  April Allen, Isabella Allen, and Angie Harrison

L-R: April Allen, Isabella Allen, and Angie Harrison

We made it to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails festival this year!

We made it to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails festival this year!.

More pictures here.

Look who won $50 at the Rockwell Collins Retirees meeting!

Connie Wallner is on "Cloud 9!"

Look who won $50 at the Rockwell Collins Retirees meeting!

Angie and I have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather as well as the food and flowers at the Dallas Arboretum.

Angie and I have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather as well as the food and flowers at the Dallas Arboretum.

Lots more pictures here.

Mike Lewis' kids threw a birthday bash for him that was reminiscent of the old company picnics Mike used to host. There was a huge turnout, and we all had a great time.

More pictures here.

Angie, Mike Lewis, and Connie Wallner

Dyer High School Class of 61

I got to make another reunion of the Dyer High School Class of 61 in early June.

Gathered around the table in the foreground: Jim and Nora Meadows, Alice Ball McCutcheon, Jim Harrison, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Hanks, Shirley Keathley Pipkin, Melvin Pipkin, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Watt, Angie Harrison, Carol Stockton McCutcheon, and Pam Taylor.

At the table behind: Joe and Laura Qualls, Mrs. Alice Brewer Ernest, Carolyn Dunagan Copeland, Harry Barkley and wife, Tommy Finch (standing), Patsy London Reed, and Sue Mabry Cochran

Lots more pictures here along with the big 50th reunion!

Even the Critters were happy to see us in Tennessee.

But this "Chicken Snake" was kind'a upset when it was disturbed by the Gas Company trying to paint their meter.

Even the Critters were happy to see us in Tennessee

Neighborhood get together

Neighborhood get together

Since our next door neighbors, Ben and Charity, have a new baby (Evan), we invited a few of the other neighbors over to meet him and have dinner.

L-R On couch: Alyssa Boisvert, Jan Maraist, Lisa Boisvert, Wayne, and Ben with Evan.

L-R Standing behind couch: Claude Maraist, Paul Boisvert, Charity, Margarita Flores, and Nora.


Angie and I took off in December 2016 and joined friends on a round trip cruise to Hawaii from San Diego, CA. Here we are at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo Bay. I think we were both "happy campers"!

 I had hoped to see old friend and co-worker Minoru Tashima in Kona, but things just didn't work out. Maybe next time

There are lots more pictures from the cruise here.

Angie and I at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo Bay

Angie cooks a feast

Nennette Nance was in town and joined us for dinner. Angie whipped up feast with a green salad, stir fried okra (courtesy of Mike Lewis), ceviche Tuna salad, Tuna Sashimi, a big pot of Penn Cove Mussels, and DIY shrimp handrolls. YUMMY!

We also made it to the October 2016 Rockwell-Collins Retirees meeting at the Richardson Civic Center. I even got Angie to go! And who should we run into but the Wallners with Mike Lewis.

It's been a while since I've seen Mike. He'd just picked a big mess of okra from his garden and gifted us with some, small and tender, just like we like it.

Thanks Mike!

Angie with Jim and Connie Wallner and Mike Lewis

Angie's hydrangeas greeted us on our return home

Upon our return home, Angie's hydrangeas were blooming profusely. Unfortunately the grass is growing like crazy too, and I have my work cut out for me!

We made a quick trip back to Tennessee in May/June 2016 to attend a 55th reunion dinner with my  High School graduating class. While there we also got a chance to visit some of Angie's old friends and co-workers from the late sixties. Here's Lau, Angie, and Shuylie McReynolds just getting ready to leave for lunch.

There were lots more old friends and relatives I would have liked to visit with, but simply didn't have time. Next trip!

Lau, Angie, and ShaoLee McReynolds

Angie and I with some Texas wildflowers in the background

We made a trip with the Wallners in early April 2016 down to Ennis to take in the wildflowers. While they're not exactly spectacular this year, they're always pretty, and we all had fun on the trip!

Lots more pictures here.


After finishing up our cruise in Houston, we rented a car and drove back to Dallas. Along the way we stopped in Huntsville to visit the somewhat larger than life statue of Sam Houston which we'd not yet seen.

I can certainly recommend stopping for a few minutes to take in the view the next time you're down that way.

More pictures here.


Mr. Sam, standing tall in Huntsville

Pretty much the whole crew! Clockwise starting at bottom left: George Huling, Larry Pavilcek, Mike Crye, Jim Wallner, Fred Gariepy, Rex Stephens, Terry Freeman, Ken Rogers.

In October 2015 we took two of Angie's sisters on a cruise from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada to Houston, Texas!

While we were hoping to see some colorful foliage, we were afraid we were too late, having taken the last cruise of the year. As it turned out, we hit the peak of the season.

More pictures here.


Once in a Blue Moon! July 2015 had a good one on a clear night.

Blue Moon: Popularly recognized as the second full moon in a calendar month. The actual full moon will occur tomorrow, July 31, 2015.

Taken with my new Canon PowerShot SX50 HS hand held. I think I'm going to like this camera!

Blue Moon in July

Breaking up at Texas Roadhouse

See what happens when that Wallner woman gets her hands on a camera! Connie had a new Photo Booth ap on her iPnone and caught us in some "candid" shots while sharing dinner at the Texas Roadhouse.

Don't remember what the joke was, but it must have been funny!

This spring at the Dallas Arboretum has simply been fantastic! Tulips and cherry trees were spectacular early on, and now the dogwood and azaleas are heading up the show.

Brides and Quinceañera girls seem to always be on hand to lend an added spice to the scene.

More pictures here.

L-R: Connie Wallner, Terry Freeman, Allegra Burnworth, Jim Rushing

With the Wallners at the Arboretum

A couple of days later Spring arrived for sure and we headed to the Arboretum. Guess who we ran into! Here's Angie with Jim and Connie Wallner who had just finished lunch at the DeGolyer restaurant.

It's a tough life, but someone has to do it, and it might as well be us! While my Collins-Rockwell-Alcatel friends were getting ready to go to our monthly luncheon, Angie and I were relaxing on the top deck of the Viking Lif at the junction of the Inn and Danube rivers in Passau, Germany.

All of the pictures from the 2014 trip are posted here on Flickr.

It's a tough life, but someone has to do it!

Thistle and "Snow on the Prairie" in the fields around Lake Lavon

View of of a very low Lake Lavon from near Brockdale Park Equestrian Trailhead. The purple of the thistle and the white "Snow on the Prairie" made the hills beautiful on the first really cool day of Fall!

Since we don't own a horse, we were riding Shank's Mare on the Trinity Equestrian trail. This trail is maintained by the Trinity Trail Preservation Association, It's open to both horses and hikers (no bikes) at no charge. The chiggers are free too!

As you probably already know, Angie and I took another cruise back in April-May of 2014, this time to the UK. I've finally managed to get all the pictures posted, and you can see them all here, separated into the various places we visited.

Here we're having dinner on the Ruby Princess with old friends Marion and ShueFong Dilley.




L-R: Marion and ShueFong DIlley, Angie and Jim Harrison

Sam Reed holds a congratulatory coffee mug after officially becoming an engineer

Samuel is now an Engineer!

Congratulations to cousin Samuel Reed on both graduating in June and on passing his FE. Expect to see great things from him.

(By the way, way back in my day the expression was "Last week I couldn't even spell ENGUHNEAR, and now I are one!")

Goodness gracious, Mike Lewis even showed up at the Rockwell-Collins Retirees meeting! It's been a long time since I last saw Mike. I caught him along with Jim and Connie Wallner and Everett Turvey for a picture.

More pictures here.

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