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We enjoyed a terrific day at The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park as the guests of our friends Paul and Barbara Harvel, along with Mary Ann Shaw and Al Koch, Paul and Barbara’s friend from Pennsylvania.
We didn’t win any money, but I took a boatload of photos. Some are better than others.
Thanks again, Paul and Barbara!
I have never been so proud of anything or anybody in my life as I was on November 10, 2016, when I attended a ceremony celebrating my nephew, Rob Purdy, and his retirement from the U.S. Army after a 26-year career as an attack helicopter pilot and trainer. The ceremony was held at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
[Also, have a look at this article for more about Rob’s career.]
The U.S. Army Aviation Museum
I arrived at the Museum early, as I wanted to spend some time in the Museum itself prior to Rob’s retirement ceremony. This is a tremendously interesting place, especially for aviation and history buffs. The photos I took are not really great, but I hope they give you a sense of the facility.
Rob Purdy’s Retirement Ceremony
As the 1:00 pm time for the ceremony approached, Rob’s many friends and fellow service men and women began to gather. Rob noted that the attendees at this celebration represented those with whom he served at each duty station to which he was deployed during his career. This next set of photos was taken prior to, during, and following the retirement ceremony.
The Retirement Party
What’s a retirement celebration without a good party to cap it all off? Rob and Amy did this with style and in style, gathering friends and relatives at The Red Barn in Dothan for good food, good drink, and great company! One could seriously feel the love and respect all those who attended had for both Rob and Amy.
[Note that this is a bit of a work-in-progress, as I did not stay for the entire party, nor was I in the best position to capture Rob and Amy’s receiving awards during the formal ceremony. I hope to collect some of the official photographs taken at the ceremony to add to that gallery. Also, if anyone reading this also has additional photos to add, please contact Dan via the email link on the right side of this page. I’d love to include those and any captions you may have for any of the photos.]
It was indeed a pleasure and an honor to meet you all and to participate in this day.
I was talking with some at the party about Rob’s “attitude” and its being no surprise that a career in the Army spoke to him. I promised I’d include my favorite photo of Rob and me when I published my photos from his retirement. Here it is. Too bad it wasn’t some bad-looking Harley …
We cannot ever say enough good things about being together with Family and Friends at Christmas, and this year, we again enjoyed our Christmas celebration with Linda and Haltom at their beautiful home.
Missing this year were Aaron, again working an IT contract in the Middle East, and Mason, who was spending Christmas Eve with his Mom.
We are always very happy to have Aunt Betty join us at Christmas, and this year we welcomed Leslie’s friend and former Hall High student, Lara.
Too much food, wonderful presents all around, and, as always, a good visit with loved ones in a frantic scene!
Well, there’s been a dearth of eagles to photograph lately, and “shooting” coots isn’t much fun, but the drill stems keeping the docks of the Mountain Harbor Marina in place tend to make great perches for the huge flock of vultures that hang out in the area. So, this beautiful afternoon, I couldn’t resist taking my early Christmas present for some scintillating shots of Birds On Drill Stems (BODS)!
Lately, the working definition of “Getting Lucky” has been “Going into a room and remembering why you went there!” However, the definition must change with being able to photograph eagles while walking Winnie along the shores of Lake Ouachita.
These photos are technically “adequate” at best, but there’s no denying their content.
Love where we live!