Merry Christmas and God's blessings in
the New Year!
Wow, this year has blown by! It doesn't
like it was that long ago that I was typing the last letter. Relative
to 2009, this was an uneventful year - no graduations, no weddings. I
guess one thing I need to do is get a new camera, one of those one's
that fit in your pocket like a S&W 642 - my always camera. The old
Canon G2's viewer doesn't work and it's so heavy it usually gets left
home, so there aren't lots of great pictures for this year. Any
suggestions for a lightweight replacement will be appreciated.
Often I get asked what I do to "keep
busy." Well if you ever ask a younger (less than 75year old ) retired
question, they will tell you they don't know how they had time to work.
That is very true. Just imagine getting to spend your time doing the
things you love to do and enjoying the time with those you do them
with. That's how I spend my time.
LSU gets the major part of the non-family
time. I worked with two groups of Capstone Design students for the
2009-2010 year and have two new groups this year for the 2010-2011
class. I really enjoy working with these groups. It's lots of fun to
well...you know to give them lots of grief and challenge them. The
that finished in May created you-tube videos of their results, so you
can go see them. I'll put the links in the picture section. I'm still
being a catechist for the RCIA program at Christ the King, so I do my
church volunteering at LSU too. I also help serve breakfast during
exam week to the tired, sleep deprived students at Christ the King. I
really don't get the cramming thing, since it wasn't too useful in ME.
Back to ME, I've been actively working with the department on the
Industrial Advisory Board, too. Right now we're giving feedback to the
department as they develop their 5 year strategic plan. I knew all of
that planning did for the government would come in handy one day.
Of course there's also my time spent
shooting. This year, Dan Calvert and I taught 5 concealed handgun classes and trained over 50
people. It's very rewarding and enjoyable. We had a great visit from
the Bresettes. I took the four kids to the range for some shooting. A
blast for sure. I have been out to the land
often to practice and prep for hunting. I made three trips to the Hill
Country and still love it. Patti hasn't gone out this year but her goal
is to harvest the first deer from our land, and she's going to the
Stowers Ranch with me for our Friends of NRA hunt in February 2011.
Speaking of the Friends of NRA - I
volunteered to be chairman for 2011 until .... In order to better
communicate with the volunteers, sponsors and supporters, I joined
Facebook and created a page for the committee. That Facebook is pretty
interesting. In spite of my initial thoughts, I think that FB is an
amazing way of easily keeping touch with folks from the many varied
arenas of our lives. Of course, some people post crazy stuff like what
their child did that day or how their boss is an idiot, but you just
filter that out. It is especially neat to get to see the good pictures
people post of birthdays, weddings and other major events. Again just
filter out all of the self portraits from 2 feet away and the beer
Land development is slow as we better
define our vision for it. But it is still beautiful and a fun place to
Patti is in her fourth year teaching Study
Skills at Woodlawn High School. I tell everyone she is saving the world
one student at a time. This spring we were out one night at Perkins
Rowe, and someone yelled out, "Mrs. G.!" Two students from her days at
Crestworth Middle ran up to hug her and invite her to their high school
graduations. Pretty cool! She has 9 1/2 years to go until she can join
me in retirement and is a little jealous when the alarm goes off at 5
am and she has to get up, but I can keep sleeping. Patti's #1 form of
entertainment is the
grandsons. On her birthday, Amy stopped by with the boys for about 10
minutes and that, of course, was her best present.
Our kids keep growing and moving into the
next stage of life. It is wild to see Amy volunteering for PTO like
Patti used to do and
Connor enjoying kindergarten. Collin is a sharp cookie at 3 with a
hillarious sense of
humor. Shawn's doing well at Turner getting promotions and continuing
to manipulate all
things digital...including Amy's new Wii.
Bethany and Cody are doing well after one
year of marriage. She's put her skill of removing money from pockets to
good use at her job and is proving to be as good at 'selling' as she's
always been at 'buying'. I guess all of those psychology and
classes are paying off. Cody went hunting in TX with me this fall, and
we had a great time. I think he's hooked on the Hill Country, too. My
next goal is to get him to be a skilled handgun hunter.
Kacie, ah, Kacie. Kacie decided she needed
to live at home this summer and fall. I know some people lament the
but that wasn't me. It has been interesting. She will be moving into a
house after New Year's and plans to graduate from LSU next fall. She
needed one more football season, so maybe she will get to enjoy a
national championship year like Bethany did while at college. The most
interesting part of her
moving home is when someone comes to pick her up to go out. They need
to plan to sit and talk to me for two hours while she puts the
finishing touches on.
A final note, last week one of my buddies
passed away. He was only 55. Keep up with your doctor visits! Rick Cook
had a most eventful year and posted some great stuff. Here's where it is ****.
Good advice, oh, and make sure to get enough fiber.
The Giurintano Family
Patti, David and Kacie