|Contact Info for Willy and Deanna
142 La Floricita
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Willy's Cell: 805.801.8334
Deanna's Cell: 805.801.1834
Our E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1296 Galleon Way Apt. 3
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Chad's Cell: 805.801.8298
Chad's E-mail: email@example.com
Kirk's Cell: 917.968.0628
Kirk's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Welcome to our annual update! As always, most of the embarrassing family incidents have been withheld from this document by the editorial staff of our newsletter. This was a tough year for us with the loss of four family members and the deteriorating California real estate market. Click on the pictures to enlarge them, then use your browser's back button to return.|
Kirk Graduates from Columbia University
Kirk completed the requirements for his bachelor's degree in Economics from Columbia University on 20 December, 2007. He has accepted a job with a recruiting firm in New York starting on 7 Jan 08. The office is located at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. Kirk will be renting a house in Brooklyn, a few minutes from Coney Island. Deanna and I attended his graduation ceremony in May. The keynote speaker was Matthew Fox, who played Jack on the Lost series. We saw the show Stomp and toured a medical science type of museum called Bodies. Deanna and Kirk are pictured on top of Melanie's apartment building. Kirk is pictured outside his dorm room. The building with the columns is where Spiderman was bitten.
Chad's job is teaching gymnastics. Chad's girlfriend Nickole also teaches at Central Coast Gymnastics. They frequently travel with their teams to compete all over California.
The Women's Jiu-Jitsu Academy has been terminated, largely due to lack of
interest. Willy is sorry to see his scheduled class end, however he
still loves teaching often on an appointment basis, as well as putting on seminars
for groups. The class was a rewarding venture for Willy, and he would
resume class if student interest returned. This year, Willy took a student
(Amanda) to a Relson Gracie Seminar, and put on his own seminar that Patty
arranged for a Cal Poly Sorority. The class spanned 6.5
years. Hundreds of women tried the class at least once, and some
trained for years. Willy is very proud of the achievements of the women that
started in his school. These achievements include:
Willy returned to the sport of freshwater fishing this year after 30 years of dormancy. Willy's family joined in on the fishing. We all got at least one bass at Santa Margarita Lake, and we all limited out on trout at Hume Lake. Deanna was pretty noisy about being "The Fishmaster" after landing a 19" Bass and a big catfish, achievements no family competitors were able to match for some time. Chad loves to fish. Kirk says that he hates fishing, but the look on his face when he catches a fish does not support this claim.
Eli graduated from Arroyo Grande High School. Danielle & Shawn married this year and have a baby girl named Rilee. Willy, Deanna and Chad went to Chicago in August to attend the wedding of Adam Davis and Brooke. It was prior to this event when Willy's knowledge of cultural expectations for attire was increased.
Camping at Hume Lake
Willy and Deanna camped for a week in July at Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park. We were there with several other families, comprising a group of about 70 people. Most of the group was from our church. We were joined this year by Chad and Kirk & Melanie. Kirk and Melanie had the worst travel delay ever experienced by our family. Trying to get from Kona to the Fresno Airport, they were stuck overnight first in Honolulu, and then in Los Angeles. It took almost 2 full days to get from Kona to camp. Kirk remarked that they may have been the first ever to buy a round trip ticket from Kona to Fresno. After spending time in both places, Willy thinks he may be right. Why would anyone in Kona take a vacation in Fresno? We biked, windsurfed, sailed, played volleyball and cards, and caught and ate trout.
The generosity of the Jeff and Jayne Tolan enabled Willy, Deanna and Kirk to enjoy Hawaii during summer. Jeff and Jayne are Melanie Tolan's (Kirk's girlfriend) parents. They flew Kirk out to stay with them on Kona (Big Island) for the summer, and helped him get a job at the Hilton Waikoloa. In August, they made arrangements for the four of them to stay in a spectacular resort, the Grand Wailea, on Maui. They invited Deanna and Willy to stay in Kirk's room. From Maui, the Davis family went to Kona and stayed in the Tolan home. We were not in Kona for long, but the Tolans arranged for us to go on a snorkeling trip to Kealakekua Bay, and showed us as much as they could in the time we had together. During one of their snorkeling outings, Kirk and Melanie found themselves surrounded by dolphins that were jumping and came within a few feet of them. They even captured the experience on video. Thank you Tolans! The photo and identities of two persons pictured digging through the trash at the mall was omitted at the insistence of one and only one of the newsletter editors.
Outdoors on Our Central Coast
|Willy and Deanna spend time outdoors on local hikes and going to Pismo Beach. Melanie learned that sometimes one can meet a bossy pelican at the beach.|
|Willy turned 50, and was honored to have 69 people at his b-party.|
Uncle Don & Aunt Eileen's 50th Anniversary
|Willy's cousin Tina, with the help of her brother Donnie, put on a great surprise event for their parent's 50th anniversary in Dayton, Ohio. All of uncle Don's siblings showed for the party. Willy's mom Dorothy came from Phoenix, Uncle Rudy from Anaheim, CA, and Uncle Larry from Iowa. My cousins Rudy Lee came from Chico, CA and Julie and Paul came from Iowa. Willy had not seen his cousins Rudy Lee, Paul or Julie since they were all children. The cousins also brought some of their children. My brother Larry came from Texas with his son Logan, and Tom and Carolyn Lutz came from Arizona. Tears flowed especially from Eileen as each of these special guests arrived during the "shock and awe" phase of the event. I apologize to my cousin Paul whose face is half obscured by a white spot on the picture. It's a photographic problem, and not the arrival of "Glenda the Good Witch." Willy was glad to be present when each of Don's siblings arrived. Since Willy was back in Ohio, he visited high school friends, Bob Smith, Cheri Shaw, and Kevin Strait. He saw coach Jack Johnson, Dave Phillips, and stayed with Rob and Becky Hickman. Thanks for taking care of me again Hickmans! Your hospitality is always wonderful! Thanks for the tour of the Quarter Horse Congress, Becky!|
We hope you all have a great new year. Please give us your latest
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
II Thessalonians 3:16