Lester story

Our anniversary falls on the same day as Lester’s birthday, so in his honor… (circa 1986) As I entered my driveway after a day at work, I saw Lester jump up from a laying down position near the fence, tail wagging wildly. I knew he had jumped the fence...

Catan final standings 2010

Since we started documenting victories in 2008, here are the family records through 2010: Natalie and Eric tied with 24 wins each, Rocky 18, Mary Ann 13 As of new years day 2011, I’m in the lead (probably the only time I can boast this) with 2...

Christmas is saved

For as long as I can remember, my aunt Rosemarie (my mom’s sister) has baked Christmas cookies – a lot of Christmas cookies.  In fact, more cookies than you can imagine.  As part of this very large and sprawling family (my mom’s the youngest of 8,...

NCS Champs 2010

CPS softball played incredibly well this year, last night they were crowned NCS Division V champions, and deservedly so. The team played a total of 21 games since February, each a victory.  Some games were hard-fought, others blowouts, but in NCS play they ran the...

wire to wire

The 2010 CPS softball team accomplished a lot this year.  You don’t always believe the preseason predictions, but in this case, those who made them had an inkling. And so it goes from year to year, certain teams are loaded with talented seniors, the next year...

friday night rock jam

I met Ralph after one of Eric’s jazz club rehearsals, he first invited me over to an informal jam at his house last year, and I’ve been to 2 or 3 since then.  With Nat out of town on a school retreat, I asked Eric if he wanted to come along last night. The...