Date: December, 2000
Both Gloria and I both hope that year 2000 was a happy
and prosperous one for you and all the members of your family.
As usual we got off to an early start around our home.
In February I commenced demolishing our basement and stripped everything
down to the bare cement walls. The previous décor was dark paneling
and the walls had no insulation behind them. We turned three pokey little
rooms into one large one. We also installed a new bathroom, gas fired
furnace, central air conditioning and a fireplace. The air conditioning
was turned on just in time for one the hottest summers on record. It
took until September before we were able to use the space again. I would
also like to thank my friend Bill Osadchy for his invaluable help, guidance
and knowledge on home renovations and to my nieces husband Phil, and
for the great plumbing job he performed.
In April we spent a week with some friends of ours in
Lake Havasu, Arizona. This is the resort where the old London Bridge
now resides. An American developer purchased the bridge in the late
1960's and transported it back to the Arizona desert. It now sits astride
a man made channel that feeds into a man made lake.
My son Gary became a Canadian Citizen in July. Last September
he went back to college to study for computer-aided design. This training
will complement his 3rd class ticket in Steam Engineering, which he
obtained this year. I'm extremely impressed with his ability to grasp
the mathematics that is required for this course. I wish I could say
that he inherited this trait from me.
Holly, Gary's wife started a new job this year. She now
works for a large building supplies warehouse. If ever I have to do
a job around the house, Holly is one of the first people I speak too
on what I need to accomplish it. The customers also appreciate her knowledge.
In October she was employee of the month.
In September, my sister-in-law Doreen came to Canada
for three weeks. She stayed with Jackie her daughter. The two of them
did some serious female bonding in Las Vegas for four days. We also
held a surprise 60th birthday party for her at Montana's Steak House.
The results of this party can be viewed on my web page under "Recent
One year ago, Gloria made a bet with her sister Cora.
Gloria waged a trip to Vancouver, if Cora would stop smoking for one
year. On October 12 to 15th Cora, Lorraine and Gloria all flew to Vancouver
for a girl's weekend of shopping, sightseeing, dinner cruises and theatre
visits. Most of it was paid for by air miles. The smell of burning plastic
still lingers in the air...
On November 25th. Gloria, two friends of ours, Bill and
Brenda Osadchy and I went to see Tina Turner perform at the Calgary
Saddledome. Tina's opening act was Joe Cocker. She turned 61 this day
and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to her. It was a fantastic evening
and both performers were amazing. Tina especially can still keep up
with her dance troop. This was the first concert of any size that I
had gone to see and it was well worth it.
We went to my companies Christmas party on December 2nd.
It was held at the local Canadian Legion. The main prize was a trip
for two anywhere in North America. I'm sorry to say we did not win it.
Gloria has to work on Christmas Day, so we are having dinner at Bill
and Brenda's. We hope you all enjoy yours and think of us both during
the holidays. We will be thinking of you.
With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year.
Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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