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Marvin Howard, Jim Wallner, Gerry Huber, Jim Sumlin, Cal Mower, Angie Rocha, Steve Rocha, and Mike Lewis

We had a good turnout for the March Lost Friends Luncheon.

Clockwise from left: Marvin Howard, Jim Wallner, Gerry Huber, Jim Sumlin, Cal Mower, Angie Rocha, Steve Rocha, and Mike Lewis.

More luncheon pictures are here:

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

Our next luncheon will be Monday, April 15, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.  

We came across this traditional cart and sign in front of a gelato shop in Taormina, Sicily.

I do like the way these Sicilians think! "Money can't buy Happiness, but it can buy ice cream and that's about the same thing!"

I think I'll adopt this as my new motto!


I like the way these Sicilians think!

Myself at Limasol, Cyprus

Us Dyer boys do get around a little. Here I am at the harbor walk in Limasol, Cyprus.

Angie decided we needed to get in one more cruise this year to make up for the pandemic years, and she found just what she wanted: a Mediterranean cruise with two stops in Israel. Of course Hamas put a halt to those stops, but we enjoyed seeing many other new places. Pictures from the entire cruise are posted here on Flickr.

Our neighbor, Margarita Flores, gifted Angie with this arrangement of Roses, 73 in total, one for every year she's lived plus one to grow on!

And no, it's not her birthday; We've just got great neighbors!

Angie with Roses

Babs Suzanne and Jim Harrison

63 years and a while ago, after I'd completed my junior year of high school, I boarded a Greyhound bus and traveled to Texarkana, Texas to spend a week with my father and his new young family.

I met and played with my new siblings, a brand-new baby sister, and a brother and sister aged 5 and 4 years old. It was hard saying goodbye, and as I told my sister, she cried when I had to leave.

Over the years we lost contact and went our separate ways. Along came and DNA tests which suddenly put that once 4-year-old sister and me back in contact.

This past weekend the stars aligned, the gods on Mount Olympus smiled, and we got to meet again face to face. My sister, Babs Suzanne Harrison, and her husband were in Dallas for a wedding and invited us to join them for dinner. We did and had a wonderful time with a lot of catching up. After 63+ years without siblings, I've once again got a sister plus a new brother-in-law! I'm ecstatic!


We got together with Arlinda Bailey and Bill and Nancy Myers over at the Jalapeno Tree in Marshall to catch up and relive old times. Arlinda had driven in from Johnson City, TN to visit family, and Bill and Nancy are living in Longview now. We had a grand old time reminiscing. We were all amazed that we'd managed to live through all of the dumb things we'd done over the 50+ years.

Nancy and Bill Myers, Arlinda Bailey, Jim and Angie Harrison

Angie and I in the Princess Observation car on the Alaska Railroad

Angie and I in the Princess Observation car on the Alaska Railroad.

All the picture albums from our Alaskan Land/Sea cruise are posted here on Flickr.

Angie and I down on the river at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge at Cooper Landing. That's the Kenai river behind us, and we saw numerous folks kayaking and fishing on the river.

Angie and I on the Kenai river

Last view of the Grand Princess

At Whittier Alaska we bid farewell to the Grand Princess and took a Catamaran over to Valdez. There we boarded a Princess bus and began the trip to the Princess Copper River Wilderness Lodge.

Angie and I in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. We'd been to Alaska on cruises twice before, but considering the weather, the price, and the chance to do the land tour for the first time, we decided to go.

Angie and I in Glacier BAy National Park, Alaska

Memorial Service for Marion Dilley

Sadly, while we were in California our good friend Marion Dilley passed away in Harker Heights Texas. Upon our return to Texas we attended visitation, memorial, and burial services for him at the Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

While visiting in California we dropped by the California Nursery Historic Park, one of our favorites. Here's Angie at the Park with a "natural picture frame".

Angie at California Nursery Historic Park

Angie and I at Carmel Valley Ranch

The next part of the surprise Birthday was spending two nights at the Carmel Valley Ranch. Here are Angie and I there at dinner.

We joined Angie's family at the Monterey Plaza Hotel to celebrate Hsu Whey's 70th birthday.

L-R: Mr. Chu, Hsu Whey Chu, Angie Harrison, Jim Harrison, Ping Sun Chu, Lucas Chu, and Kevin Chu.

Lunch at the Monterey Plaza Hotel

Shortly after returning from Tennessee, we were invited to visit Angie's family in Caifornia and help celebrate her sister's 70th birthday. We met the family for lunch at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row. As you can see, her sister was suitably surprised!

While in Tennessee we stopped in to visit the folks who bought the old homeplace on Broad Street after my mother's passing. Here I'm on the back porch talking with Susan and Jim Hesse. Jim is working on an outdoor kitchen just beside the new brick garage he recently completed. Inside they've added even more new innovations.

The Old Homeplace

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