Friday, May 7, 2010

A Family First - A Master 's Degree

Today was undoubtedly one of the proudest of my and Linda's lives. Today, our daughter Celina graduated with a graduate degree, a Master of Science, her major was in Education specifically geared toward teaching History. She is the first in our family, on my wife's side and on my side, to have achieved this accomplishment as far as I know. To put it into words and to say I am very proud of her would be a gross understatement. To tell you the truth - at a celebratory dinner today - words almost failed me. I got up to give a speech, I had something in mind a few minutes long, but all I said was that I was proud of her for her family first and I told her she brought great honor on our family. Then again, now that I think of it, it was not words that failed me, it was that those words said it all in one sentence and that having been said, for once I shut up and, we then all toasted her success.


Nothing at all else needed to be said, she got it - she knew how both her mom and I felt, how her brother felt, how everyone in the family felt. We were proud of her beyond description. It is a good feeling knowing your children are achieving the real American dream (of parents' anyhow): That our children are going to do better than we did. There may be no better feeling in the world! Now, I expect she will move on with life and teach our community's children something about what made us what we are still today, despite tough times, the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

The top pic is of Celina and her mom, the other is of her boyfriend, Celina and her brother. My pics with her are on another camera and I have not seen em yet.

All the best,
Glenn B

Willie Nelson In New York City at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom

Saw him there tonight (now actually last night on Thursday the 6th) and he was absolutely excellent. I have been hoping to see him again ever since I saw him perform in a place I think was called the Palomino Club somewhere in New Mexico way back in the late 70s. I got my chance last night and took it. The money I spent on the ticket has got to have been the best money I have ever spent on entertainment in my life - I mean that most assuredly. Great , great singer and he was backed by a great band. Funny thing is, I am pretty sure that NYC was not on his 2010 tour. For some reason he played here and cancelled for somewhere in PA tonight (or so I heard someone say after the show who had tickets for the one in PA. Add that to the fact that I found out about the show pretty much on a fluke and you can bet I was one lucky guy.

I've got to hit the hay so I can get up early for my daughter's graduation for her Master's Degree tomorrow, but I will write more about Willie over the weekend. Before I go just let me say, man oh man I am happy to have gotten another chance to see him - great show.

All the best,
Glenn B