Sunday, November 29, 2009


Hello, friends and family.
Here’s the art. . .

My big brother, who is in the Air Force and currently serving in Afghanistan, read my newsletter last week about the house we grew up in, and chimed in with a few memories of his own. Here they are with comments by me in parentheses.

-Trying to get from one side of the living room to the other by climbing on the rocks.
(He’s being modest here. We could get anywhere without touching the floor. The living room was just a warm up exercise.)

-Filling the main door entrance with newspaper and then putting snake skins on the little bridge so mom had to walk through it.
(This sounds like it may have been on April Fool’s Day, which was strictly observed in our home. Here’s a picture of my mom’s retaliation some years later.)

-You playing sniper on the rooftop shooting cans I called out with our walkie talkies. I can’t remember the name of those headsets. Voice Ones?
(Correct! Voice Ones. Here’s a picture of that day of can sniping. I believe this is what psychiatrists call a red flag.)

-The big tree in the woods next to our house before the retention pond and building went in. That was a great woods.
(Remember when that flasher surprised Mom while she played racquetball, then ran into those woods? I’m pretty sure we armed ourselves when we played over there after that.)

-Numerous forts and holes in the back yard. . .with and without plumbing…
(Yes, a PVC pipe exiting a fort at a slant can really save a guy from having to stop the game for a bathroom break.)

Thanks, Morgan, for those memories.

Now, a bit of business. I mentioned a few newsletters back that Jo and I were working on an instructional DVD, and a few of you have asked about it since. We’ve put quite a bit of work into it, but I’m afraid we’ve decided to scrap this one and push right on to the next one. We made enough mistakes working on it that we’re just going to chalk it up to a learning experience and press forward. Our standards for ourselves are high, so we don’t want to put out anything that is substandard. But making these instructional DVDs is something that we’re serious about, so this set back won’t turn us around! We may be down, but we’re not out! So. . . Wonder Twin powers. . . ACTIVATE!
I dunno. It sounded like I was working up to something there. I just got confused about what it was.


1 comment:

Anita Van Hal said...

OMG Dylan! You kill me...okay, not literally...don't want to contribute to the already existing red flag...OMG...can't wait to get my mitts on that DVD when it's finished...I'm sure it will be worth the wait...oh, loved hearing about the adventures with your bro...reminds me of movies like the Sandlot...thanks for sharing!