Jay Thoman was a JAG in the Army and was out for his morning run when he was struck by a car and killed a couple blocks from his house in Washington DC area. He had no ID and was not identified until later that afternoon. Just a frantic situation and really hard on all involved.
|Part of the family that participated|
|My daughter Betty on the left|
|My brother in law Buck and me.|
Walk when it got high, take off after a little rest and water. My brother in law ran the course in 43 minutes and my daughter made it in 63 minutes. There was 700 numbers used, so it was a nice sized event.
I was actually surprised how quickly I recovered the next couple of days. I had a little soreness in my quads, but nothing else of note. I starting training again yesterday after a few days off.
I did all the family things including some beer and brats. You get fed very regular and well at these family events! I bought an 18 pack of Blatz beer for $9 at Woodman's in Milwaukee, which is the cheapest beer they carry. I like the flavor and it is not carried anywhere in Tennessee to my knowledge. It is a very old German style beer from Milwaukee and has a great lager flavor. That beer was incredibly popular for some reason at the gatherings. Maybe the old flavors are making a comeback. I hope...
Gladstone has a parade very 4th and it is also the time that Linda's family do an annual gathering. There must have been over 100 family members around at one time or another. They are quite prolific and gather at a family members house for the parade and picnic.
A lot of fun for all. The parade is about 90 minutes long and there is just a ton of people lined up to watch the spectacle. Bands, fire trucks, politicians, horses, every business and club in the area marched and threw a lot of candy out for the kids along the way. It is a grand affair.
Our grand daughter also made the trip and we kept her a couple of nights at the local hotel where we stayed. She was recovering from an ear infection. Even though taking medicine, she was the usual fun little kid we have gotten to love so much. She loved playing with the other kids and also is keen on Grandma's jewelry. She put it on every chance she had. She just loves $1500 necklaces! It gets harder to give her back every time we get to keep her.
We also visited the newlyweds in Milwaukee. Adam and Audra were married a few months back and we checked in on their progress and things appear to be pretty good.
|Swing time with Grandma|