Well this is a big day for those of us who were born in 1946 and are on the leading edge of the boomers turning 65 - as the NY Times commented - the age once linked to retirement, early bird specials and gray Velcro shoes that go with everything. Since senility/dementia may set in at any moment, it would probably be good to summarize this past year's events before they are lost from the memory bank :-)
January - Doug & Rhonda travel to Indiana to visit family and friends; celebrate Mary's 92nd birthday on January 1; Doug makes return trip to Indiana to attend Ed's retirement party and open house on the 16th; at 93, Ed decided that it was time to retire from full-time work at EDDS Supplies; Doug & Rhonda travel to Virgina for a BioLogos Focus Group and exploring Richmond.
Mary & Ed
February - Doug travels to California; Pepperdine for flow cytometry and John Paul Lederach lecture; Point Loma for BioLogos with Darrel Falk and Joe McInerney; dinner with Mike & Evie Hostetler; Doug travels to Atlanta for Council for Christian Colleges and University convention/BioLogos functions.
March - Rhonda travels to Houston to visit Hattice; Rhonda has knee surgery; Nick & Jaime travel to Las Vegas; Charles of Colorado Springs remakes Doug's gold wedding band.
April - Doug begins Social Security; Carmen & Lindsey visit Boulder; Jonathan & Elias travel to Pennsylvania; surprise retirement party for UCCS colleague and friend Jim Mattoon at La Margarita at Pine Creek in Colorado Springs.
July - Kids and families in Boulder for the Fourth of July; Ken & Ann and the Gruells visit Boulder; Willems Family Reunion in Fort Robinson, Nebraska; Kilimanjaro fund raiser at Avery Brewing for neighbor Brian; Nick travels to Banff; travel to Indiana to help celebrate Ed's 94th birthday.
August - Doug travels to San Diego for BioLogos teacher workshop; Rhonda and Silas join Doug in San Diego to have fun; Luis & Sandy visit Boulder; Jonathan travels to South Africa.
September - Doug to Colorado Springs for Wiz's Carbo Loading Dinner and the American Discovery Trail Marathon; Doug and Douglas travel to Indiana, Michiana MCC Relief Sale; U-Haul back to Colorado; Jonathan travels to Europe.
ADTM Finishes In America The Beautiful Park
October - Doug travels to Washington DC for BioLogos President's Circle; Doug & Rhonda travel to New Mexico/Taos/Santa Fe/Los Alamos; visit Mark & Pauline.
November - Rachel travels to Illinois for conference; Jonathan & Elias travel to Pennsylvania and Rachel joins them for Thanksgiving.
December - Jonathan travels to South Africa; our family Christmastime in Dillon; Jim Mattoon passes away on Christmas eve.
And today is Mary's 93rd birthday, and she pointed out it is her 39th if one is dyslexic!