e-mail to Terry 4/23/06
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  • This e-mail was sent to Terry on Sunday afternoon 4/23/2006.  The first paragraph might not make much sense out of context, so let me try to explain.

    Earlier that morning, Gregg and I were in a motel attending an event known as "Spring Thaw".  Spring Thaw is a weekend convention hosted by a club that I have belonged to since 1996.  2004 was the first year that Gregg attended.  That year the convention was on the same weekend that was end of spring break at school.  For years, Gregg has had a tradition of coming back to school after spring break with a crew cut and a clean shaven face.

    The convention was attended by guys who identify with, or call themselves "bears".  One of the attributes shared by many guys at the convention is a beard.  So to have Gregg show up on Sunday morning without a beard is just as big a shock for guys as it is for his students.  In 2004 Gregg and I went to see Terry before breakfast on Sunday morning at the barber shop where he worked.  Pix of that will follow the e-mail.


    4/23/2006
     

    Dear Terry:

    There must be some cosmic coincidence or flow of consciousness between us all... Gregg and I were both thinking of you a lot this morning! This is Spring Thaw Sunday and we were using our $25 Oster buzzy-clippers to give Gregg his "Shave and a Crew Cut" for 2 bits.  We even had to do it in the motel bathroom... but it turned out OK.

     
    A week earlier we were in Victoria for 4 days during Spring Break.  Here's a shot of us at the Empress Hotel:
     
     
    We didn't go inside for "high tea" because Gregg doesn't really like scones... and I don't think we were up to the dress code.  We did spend a day driving around to some the less civilized places on Vancouver Island:
     
    On Friday 4/14 we took the Coho ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles.  There we stopped by this waterfall/trail near Crescent Lake before going to Fort Worden at Port Townsend for my family reunion:
     
    I decided not to take any pictures during Spring Thaw.  But it was a the usual stuff... Pizza at Piecora's on Thursday, tours around the city on Friday, boat cruise through the locks on Saturday, banquet and contest on Saturday night, brunch on Sunday.  A little different this year was a "private party" at the Hengst Studio (the place under the freeway where naked yoga was).  It was good to have a nice and frisky event that wasn't held at a bar.  About 250 guys were registered for Spring Thaw.
     
    Besides being too fat and burned out, things are going well for me.  Work continues to give me paychecks twice a month, but someday that gravy train is going to be derailed.   Gregg is getting frustrated teaching because the administration is changing the curriculum again -- so all the time he has spent preparing lesson plans and science experiment labs during these two previous years in middle school, won't get to be used any more.
     
    I may never get to live in Palm Springs, so I finally had some palms trees planted in my yard.  They are just tiny of course... and will take years to get even up to 8 feet.  I don't have pictures of the finished project, but here is the new top soil sitting in the drive way and the plants still in buckets:
      
     
    Keep in touch Terry.  You are a special to me.
     
    Paul

    So, to follow up.   Here are some pictures of Terry giving Gregg a haircut in 2003.


    This is the "before" picture


    This is during.


    Almost done.
     


    Who is that guy?

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