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Marvin Howard, Jim Harrison, and Mike Lewis

Another sparse turnout for the May Lost Friends Luncheon, but it gave us a good opportunity for some in depth chatting and catching up.

L-R: Marvin Howard, Jim Harrison, and Mike Lewis. That jar in front of Mike is jalapeño-strawberry jam produced by his daughter. I'm looking forward to enjoying it on some hot biscuits soon! If you're interested, get hold of Mike or catch them at one of the many farmer's markets they frequent.

Thanks to Casey for the picture.  It's the only picture, and it's also 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 Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.  

Rhonda Collinsworth and Lynne Saunders put together a meeting of our old Alcatel Order Management Group to celebrate the life of our friend and co-worker Vicki Wright who recently passed. It was great to get together and remember Vicki and to see our old group again. Many of these people I hadn't seen since I retired in 2000.

Here Rhonda Collinsworth reads a tribute to Vicki as Brenda and Chuck Shepherd look on.

There are more pictures here.

Rhonda Collinsworth reads a tribute to Vicki Wright

Jim and Angie Harrison, Timothy and Wen Lin Zee

Timothy Zee was in town for his 40th high school reunion and we got to visit with him and his wife for a couple of hours at La Madelin in Plano.

My how time does fly! I remember taking him to his first pro baseball game and also teaching him to lick the dasher when we made home-made ice cream. Tim is the youngest son of Dick and Jesse Zee.

We did take the opportunity to view the total solar eclipse from our back yard in Richardson. Although the camera makes it look fairly bright, it was eerily dark. Note what I believe was Venus about 45° to the right and below the sun.

This was the first total solar eclipse I've seen,  and I thought it was pretty fantastic!


Full Solar eclipse with Venus at lower right

Angie Harrison, Margarita Flores, Fabulosa, Joseph Flores, Jim Harrison

Margarita Flores' niece, Fabulosa, was visiting from Mexico, and we were invited out to lunch  with them at La Casita Bakery in Richardson. I had a Cuban sandwich and it was great.

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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