Sunday, April 06, 2008

Family adventures...and my very first blog entry...

Last weekend, Jeff and I pulled off a surprise visit to my parents house for my Dad's 70th birthday. Fortunately, there were enough other family visitors in town to throw off my usually-suspicious father. This adorable shot of my Dad and my nephew Benjamin tells the story of the weekend...pure delightful fun.

And now...a quick slideshow...

First off, the birthday cake...baked by my aunt Teela...decorated by my aunt Sherry.

Next...an unexpected visitor...a white squirrel in the front yard. Its eyes are black...so does that make it only semi-albino? Such is the stuff of great debate.

Cliff and I had to get some items out of the attic and ran across our stash of old Atari games. Cliff and Jeff made a quick dash to Radio Shack to find a proper connector for modern TV, and we were soon taking a trip down memory lane. Funny thing though...the games were definitely full of nostalgia...but they only held our interest for about 60 seconds each. Still, the sights-and-sounds of simple pleasures like Pacman or Pitfall were well worth the $5 video connector.

Another discovery from the attic was an old school project from 1978...a book about me...my favorite topic :) On the cover was this amazing old family photo taken at our old house...a true classic.

There were lots of fun items in the school project, including a story I wrote in 1978 about a baby bird we found and cared for: we called him Knee-Deep, after his distinctive call. The two-pages from this story are shown here...Jeff pointed out how similar they are to my blog style.


One last memory for now...a photo that my dad took of the pet rat I called Radish. I think he looks like the cute rat from the movie Ratatouille...Jeff thinks he looks like a rat :)

4 comments:

Matthias said...

Can we assume that you are the boy standing in the picture of your family and not the disgruntled chap on your mum's lap?

CAPT_Sawyer said...

Didn't your Dad shoot your rat?

BullBunky said...

Matt...yes I'm the older brother...Cliff has never been one for sitting still :)

Curt...yes...but its a complex story involving a careless boy who let his pet out of its cage. Let's focus on the happy stories.

Kim said...

What a great family shot! Paul found his old Atari in the attic and we had great fun too.