Saturday, July 15, 2006

Shellsburg Big Day Parade

Shellsburg Big Day Parade
Originally uploaded by Chepner.
I spent the morning (90 degree morning I might add) in Shellsburg, IA at their "Big Day" parade. (No Mr. Chep didn't go, he was required to stay home and rest - he's been sick.)

My friend "E" grew up, and still lives in Shellsburg, as do his very cool parents.

It was a wonderful morning and I captured some very interesting shots...this being one of my favorites. Check out my Flickr account for more shots!

Tidbits from Zilla

I took this from Zilla....she told me to tag myself...

In My Fridge:
Homemade chicken soup from last night
Diet Coke
Raspberry preserves from Canada
Jalapeno/Cheddar Brats

In My Purse:
Nearly dead cell phone
Wintermint Gum

In My Closet:
10 pair of shoes most people could use as skis
2 Bridesmaids dresses
2 Letterman's Jackets (circa 1992 and 1995 - sweet!)
Handbeaded sequin shawl

My Car (this's Mr. Chep's truck)
Hamilton College camp chair (from this morning parade)
XM Radio
Wirestripper and screwdriver
Dog hair

I tag Kelscraggly...she likes these things! :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Like Father, Like Son...Part Duex

Grandpa and Uncle Dorsey
Originally uploaded by Chepner.
This is grandpa and Uncle D.

Both sailors....for life.

Good luck Uncle D in the Mackinac Race!

The life of a Sailor

Originally uploaded by Chepner.
Grandpa has always been a sailor. Always will be.

He is now 85 years (young) and still owns and sails a 22' Atlantic City Cat Boat. He passed his love of sailing (and boating) on to his children and grandchildren.

Grandpa's only son, "Uncle D" is preparing to sail in the 2006 Mackinac Race. He has been successful in years past and I wish him luck in his 29th run in the Chicago to Mackinac race.

I boat (as you all know ...Mr. Chep and our fishing trips!) but I haven't sailed since college (Iowa doesn't have much in the way of sailing waters, nor do I have a sailboat) but I did take sailing in college! (Writermom has a photo of that somewhere - as do I)

But anyway....

It's amazing to me that Grandpa will even get on a boat, much less sail one.

Why you ask?

Sixty-three (63) years ago, Grandpa was on the USS Helena when it when it was struck by 3 torpedoes in the Pacific ocean and sank on July 6, 1943.

He shared his story in the local paper on May 30th of this year. Sometime when I have a little more time I will share his amazing story.

Tonight I want to wish my Uncle D the best of luck in the race - and a speedy recovery to Grandpa so he can get back on the water.