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Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Monday, February 27, 2012

Good Food, Good Fun, Good Family

Yesterday was our brother-in-law, Brian’s, birthday so tonight we took him and my sister, Laila, out to dinner at Red Lobster.  Boy was it yummy.

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Since Brian is celebrating his 102nd birthday, I thought I would make this post as  tribute to him.  Actually he’s only 72 but when you get that old, what’s a few years anyway?  Brian met my sister through the internet about 13 years ago.  He was living in Puerto Rico and she was living in Oregon.   He flew to Oregon to meet us – yes we had to approve – and the rest ,as they say, is history. 

We weren’t certain we would recognize Brian at the airport but he did tell us to look for the fella with big ears.  Boy he was NOT kidding.

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We didn’t know a lot about Brian at the time.  We knew he was a retired army major and that he had a college degree.  But he wanted to go back to school and living in a college town such as Eugene, Oregon presented him with that opportunity.  He was well into his 60’s when he graduated the University of Oregon with a degree in Archeology.  We understand his love of digging in the dirt went WAAY back so I suppose it was a natural field of study for him.

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He looked a little befuddled went the University sent him on his first official dig.

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Of course, being an alum of such a storied institution as the University of Oregon, Brian jumped wholeheartedly into being the best Duck fan ever.

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We traveled to San Diego a few years back to see the Ducks play in the Holiday Bowl and while we were there we ran into one of Brian’s relatives.

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Do you see the resemblance?  We met another of his relatives while on a trip up the McKenzie River a couple of years ago.

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In 2007, we traveled to Arizona and ended up in Tombstone one day.  I’m not sure who was more aghast at this chance meeting. 

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Brian tried to pick up one of the local ladies in Tombstone, but Laila told him he would wind up back at Boot Hill if he didn’t knock it off.

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Brian is the one who thought up some of the planking stunts while we were in Reno together last July.  You can read about that little adventure here.

I could go on and on about the fun times we have had with Brian and Laila.  He was definitely a positive addition to my sister’s life and we have more memories and fun photos than I have room in this blog, so with that I’ll just say “Thank You, Brian, for the fun times and for being a part of the family.  Happy Birthday.”

Hang in there Brian – 73 is only 365 days away.
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24 comments:

  1. What a great tribute post to your BIL. He sounds like he definitely cheers up his world.

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  2. You are such a hoot. We sure miss you guys, but it's great you have so much wonderful family around you.

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  3. Donna I see there is no quarter given from either side with you guys. Seems like lots of good fun among you guys.

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  4. You're right. What's the difference ---- 102 or 72 or 3? Who cares? He certainly looks like a character who enjoys having fun! Or, at least you made it look that way...

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  5. The things you do with the pictures you take is just too funny. I almost believed you when you said he was 102. I started to turn the laptop around to show Joe when I saw the line actually he's 73........You are such a hoot. Can hardly wait to meet you to.
    ~Betty

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  6. What a hoot -- what a family!! Looks like Brian picked the right family -- fits right in!

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  7. Happy Birthday to Brian..may he have many more days like today and as many tributes!!..looks like he was a 'perfect fit' for the family!!

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  8. Tell Brian Happy Birthday, he looks like he is a fun guy to be around...Be safe out there, Sam & Donna..

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  9. Happy Birthday to Brian! Looks like he and your sister (and family) were a perfect match! :)

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  10. HAHAHAAA.... love this... great ears!

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  11. You certainly had fun with this post, with your pictures, and with Brian! Good job.

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  12. I'm gonna have to buy some Depends if I keep reading these blogs! Your tribute to Brian is hilarious.. followed by Judy B and Donna C.... yep! I laugh 'til I.... need Depends!

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  13. What a creative blog. Just loved the pictures! Great job with the Photoshop. Please tell 102 year old Brian we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ~wheresweaver

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  14. Laughing is good Therapy! Thanks for my dose this morning. :)

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  15. Happy Birthday, Brian! Great job with the pics too!

    Tough to beat Red Lobster!

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  16. Hahaha, what a great post! I love it. Happy Belated Birthday to Brian! My, what big ears you have...

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  17. Happy birthday to Brian. You did a fine job of roasting him!

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  18. Great, really funny post! Brian sounds like a super guy, and I hope he has many happy years ahead. :)

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  19. Happy Birthday to Brian. Loved it last year when you guy's did the planking. Enjoyed the pictures.

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  20. Another great post and a lovely tribute to a gentleman who has brought joy to not only your sister but to the rest of the family as well!

    btw, my older daughter and SIL are archaeologists too. They could all celebrate by diggin in the dirt.

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  21. Agreed! That Brian is a character and fits right in with the rest of you zany folks. Good job on the photos.

    Love Red Lobster cheese biscuits!

    Sharon

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  22. You guys are really a trip!! I just love your posts.

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  23. Well, I have just learned something about big ears that I don't need to know, but I'm not going to drag that sort of filth over here. So, you'll have to go read it over there, where I keep the filth.

    Roxanne
    The Good Luck Duck

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