Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Marcel was officially honored November 5th for his achievement of Eagle Scout, which he was actually awarded May 9th, 2007. His ceremony was held outdoors at Larson Park, where a large bonfire was prepared and ignited by his brother Renny.
At his Eagle Scout ceremony, the Mayor Gerry Welch issued a proclamation declaring November 8th "Marcel Blume day" in Webster Groves. For his Eagle Scout project, Marcel directed the building of a pair of redwood benches at Hixson Middle school that are used at the Outdoor Learning Center there.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Renny went to sleep and dreamt that he had a puppy. The dream came true, and the American Staffordshire known as "Chunk" is a reality. The psychological impact on Bingo is somewhere between 6.0 and 8.0 on the Richter scale, however, the cats seem to have adapted well.
Not satisfied with the thrills of NYC, N and W rented mountain bikes and headed down Hunter mountain. Not satisfied with the thrill of falling off her mountain bike, N ventured extremely close to a mother black bear with a cub. The bear, charging at about 25 mph, came within three feet of N before stopping. Apparently this had been a "bluff charge". and N was unhurt, and indeed, ostensibly unscared (at least of bears).
That evening there was fire dancing and lots of beer.
The reunion was a large success, with 90 or more attendees. Unfortunately too short to really talk to everybody.
Afterwards, WNMR drove northwards to Indian Lake for some enjoyable golf and rafting with DVEL. While W was golfing with R&D, N bought a wedding ring and cake and W&N got married all over again, with Elodie as the mistress of ceremonies.
A Crain reunion was held at Keuka Lake, attendees were DVEL, WNMR, Uncle Bill, Aunt Carol, William & Michele & Liam & Schuyler, Betsy, Mary-Ellen & ?? (she was pregnant), Kelly, William, and Narina. Highlights (besides seeing all the Crains) were playing tennis, sailing, and waterskiing.
Then it was off to NYC for more excitement. Unfortunately, they were too late for the tornado, but they still got to visit Cousin Judy and Chris Mueller in Brooklyn. MOMA was exciting to W and N, though perhaps no one else. A mugging was almost witnessed (only the cries for help were heard), and a big tourist bus scrape hit and run was actually witnessed by WNMR plus 300 other tourists standing in line at the Empire State Building. The police/security presence seemed pretty strong, and it was later learned that there had been a rumor of a "terrorist dirty bomb" to turn up the paranoia factor.
All worries of terrorists vanished with a fantastic dinner with Tom Andrew-Shev-Ski (phonetic spelling) who personally walked the lost tourists back and found their hotel for them.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
W also ran, turning in a respectable 26:38, with extremely consistent split times. He has never smashed any 18 minute barriers.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Running in his first varsity 800 m race (which was also the last track meet of the season), Marcel blazed to a new personal best time of 2:09.8, an impressive time for a sophomore. M placed second in his heat, serving notice that he may be a force to reckon with in coming years.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Bingo was finally allowed to eat at the table, and made the most of it at the Mardi Gras Mystic Krewe of Barkus Dog and Pet parade. He wasn't quite sure what to make of his sudden rise in status, but adapted quite quickly and exhibited excellent table manners, never gobbling food or eating with his hands.
Grandmamy Jeanine was impressed.