Welcome to the second web based edition of the Walker
have been busy as I've been composing this web edition, along
with maintaining an average of over 50 hour work weeks besides
honey do's! As you've noticed some of the links are dead, since
I haven't designed and implemented the pages. But stay tuned,
the web site will continue to be redesigned as I go, and depends
upon how many cycles that I can devote to updating and improving
the site. The website looks better with Firefox,
but since everyone else has been assimulated by the MS IE Collective,
I've tried to ensure it looks so-so.
Additional help was
provided by Shannon, on web design and flash animation ideas!
Broadband users can check out his flash video
based website at http://www.multimediaartist.net
(not recommended for dial up users)
The Christmas cards have been sent, and if your
hitting this site for the first time and wondering why the snail
mail edition has the pretty pics and the website doesn't, please
refer above on "cycles".
JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH
Last December 30th the car search ended as Pam and I settled
on a new Toyota Corolla. Fourteen years and some 187,000 miles
later the old 1990 Ford Festiva was turned over to Shannon.
The last weekend in February Taylor was able to visit along
with her Mom and Grandmother. The first day of March, the grandmothers
along with Taylor’s Mom and Dad stopped by the McKesson
office for co-worker introductions and lunch with my granddaughter.
APRIL - MAY - JUNE
The last week of April, Pam and I flew out to Vegas for a few
days, and I had to take in the new
Borg Invasion 4-D attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton. The
vacation also included driving the rental car into Ridgecrest.
Pam and I enjoyed our visit with Dad, Kathy and Pete and especially
the Indian Wells Brewery.
The Sidewinder Missile Ale is a favorite.
The later part of May, Shannon, Pam and Steve were in Ogden,
Utah. Taylor enjoyed feeding the ducks near Jack and Linda’s.
The last day of the month Aunt Rusty and her daughters were
in town to celebrate Memorial Day with us.
The position I hold at work occasionally requires availability
for third tier AIX server support issues for our hospital clients.
The early morning hours of June 12th, I found myself involved
in a production server down. The server issues were resolved,
but Steve’s lack of sleep didn’t deter his enjoyment
of a train ride with Pam when we rode on the Leadville,
Colorado Southern Railroad. The mountains were beautiful
that day and the weather was ideal for our train-ride.
Father’s day Shannon got an unexpected surprise! Taylor’s
grandparents were in town, and he was able to spend time with
his daughter on this special day together for the first time.
JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER
The big kitchen tile project began the end of July and continued
into mid-August. This entailed removing the old linoleum floor
right down to the plywood and adding underlayment. Besides the
tile job, additional work was required to install a new dishwasher.
The only business trip this year was a weekend AIX system upgrade
in the early morning hours of August 15th for Wellmont hospital
in Kingsport Tennessee. The only note worthy comment of this
trip, was during my departure on Monday from the Tri-Cities
Regional Airport, a B29 bomber named Fifi
from the Commemorative
Air Force buzzed the concourse making it’s grand appearance
for the up coming air show later in the week. But what I found
interesting about this B29 Superfort, that it had been parked
for 17 years at China Lake.
Shannon decided to move back to Salt Lake the Thursday of Labor
Day weekend, with the assistance of his Dad at the wheel of
the Budget rental truck towing his Festiva! A big thank you
goes to Shannon’s friends; Ronnie, Stephanie, Dustin,
Aaron and Brad for meeting Shannon and his Dad at the Sunnyvale
apartment to help unload the truck. This afforded the opportunity
for this grandpa to some time with his grand daughter, Taylor,
on Friday as we had fun watching Shannon unpack.
But my stay was short, and the eastward bound train number six,
also known as the California
Zephyr, was five hours late. This was my
first Amtrak experience, but finally after twenty hours, my
daughter’s scheduled evening dinner turned into a 2 am
Sunday breakfast instead!
Pam was no where to be found, as she and her mom were driving
to California during the time period Shannon and I were spending
quality time, to visit aunt Rusty and Cousins. They enjoyed
touring California with a visit to Solvang the Danish Capital
of America, Morro Bay and Cambria (their personal favorite).
They decided to come home via Utah so they could get their baby
fix. They had a good time visiting Jack & Linda, and spoiling
Taylor for a day!
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
Pam, her mom and sister Diana were in Oklahoma to help move
Valarie back to Denver, the first part of October. Valarie’s
job transferred her here which fit perfectly into her plans
of moving back to Colorado to be near family.
Three days after Steve and Pam celebrated their 32nd anniversary,
and as a joint gift to each other we adopted a Jack Russell
puppy on November 7th and we named him “Cody”, that
a co-worker at Steve’s office was giving away. Cody was
born September 10 and was ready to move in. He has already worked
his way into our hearts.
November 23rd our niece Amanda was married in a beautiful ceremony
at the Crystal Rose to Jeff Maize. We are glad to add Jeff to
Pam hosted Thanksgiving this year. The family attendance was
low do to the newlyweds being away. We managed to stuff ourselves
anyway and enjoy the time with family.
December is the time to ring the Christmas Bells. No, we didn't
ring the bells but we did attend the Arvada Center Chorale with
the Rocky Mountain Ringers on the 11th and thanks to Alyn, everyone
stayed in tune!
Winter artic air moved into the Denver area
on this cold 23rd of December, but that didn't deter us from
attending the Radio
City Christmas Spectacular at the Temple Buell Theatre. The word "Spectacular"
fits this fine presentation of the Rockettes and a Christmas