Old Home Week

A little magic at the beach this year. For the past 5 years or so I’ve seen a guy a few houses down from us partake in a daily routine dip in the ocean – no matter the water conditions or temperature. It just so happens that a nice runout has formed exactly where he swims and that caught my attention as a place to fish – a couple hundred feet north of where I usually cast. I was fishing in his “spot” when he walked down to the beach and came over to me. I figured he was going to say something about me being in his spot but instead he asked which direction the currents were moving so he’d be able to swim away from my line. We started a small chat that along the way had me disclosing that I was an engineer by trade. He said he was also an engineer and in fact taught electrical engineering at Mississippi State years ago. I had worked with a couple of guys back in the late 60’s who had graduated from MS and asked if he by any chance knew………. I threw out a first name and he blurted out the second name before I could. As soon as he said that, I knew who this guy was and had heard his name hundreds of times. I asked him if he was Frank Engles which just blew him away. I joined Dynatronics in 1966 and he left Dynatronics in 1965 so we had loads of folks in common. The next time we go to the beach we’ll hook up early and spend some time together with our wives.
The remarkable thing is that the same thing happened about 5 years ago when a guy walked up to me while I was fishing and asked how the fishing was. After a few questions we quickly learned that we were both from Bountiful, Utah, that we knew both his sons – the folks who serviced our cars for years – and that the little power walker in the bikini that I had seen for 10 years was his daughter.
That’s why I think maybe that hunk of beach is magical.
This week we hooked up with old, old friends from the mid 60’s. The Hall’s came to Florida from San Diego with a General Dynamics project while I had signed up to be part of the project team specifically to get back to Florida from San Diego. We hit it off right away but had gone in different directions when the project was finished – Don and Mary returned to San Diego, I went to work for another division of GD – see Dynatronics above. They emailed me a couple of months back saying they were planning a vacation in Florida to see their granddaughter in Orlando and would be traveling with their daughter and her husband from Arizona. It all came together perfectly and we broke bread together 3 times; at the Funky Pelican, at Hidden Treasures, and here at the lake. I’m hoping we do it again – either them back in Florida or us in California.
Nancy went back for a checkup with her eye doc – not the retina specialist. Her sight is much improved since the last time she saw him, about 6 weeks ago. She’s back quilting seriously, playing bridge seriously, and back on the internet so that’s all encouraging. She asked him about driving and his answer was that she could see as well as half the people out there driving and if she stays on country roads, during the daylight, probably ok – but if you have a driver (that would be me), that would be preferred.

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