Thursday, August 2, 2007

happy birthday flyboy!

summertime and once again the mouse is hitting the road. this time we're off to help celebrate my dad's 85th birthday. my father is typical for a person who has reached such nice big number in that he's got all the things he needs. bringing a gift to a party for an 85 year old is both superfluous and undesirable. folks my dad's age are interested in getting rid of things not acquiring things. but really 85, the number alone calls for something! putting on my thinking cap I came up with I what I hope will be the perfect gift - a visual and virtual trip down memory lane!

over the last week I've been engaged in a family-based archeology project scrounging boxes of old family photos and picture albums in order to put together a little multi-media show for dad. it's been great fun, I even had the good fortune to run across a box of slides of photos my father took during the 1960s. fortunately when it comes to digital issues, I have a technologically knowledgeable daughter who knew exactly what we needed to do to incorporate the slides into the show. we could either job it out or do it ourselves. we elected to do it ourselves, or I should say I elected to have em do it; I would help by purchasing the appropriate scanner and picking out which slides to use. so while I've been busy at my house scanning old photos (on my conventional scanner), em was been busy at her house converting the slides into jpeg files. (by the way these scanners aren't too terribly expensive and what they can do is amazing -- not only can they convert slides but they can also do negatives! ah the world of possibilities for new projects!)

my dad was born on august 3. which according to The Secret Language of Birthdays is "the day of the dangerous quest." the description for people born on this day begins: "Those born on August 3 are attracted to danger in one form or another." well what can I say, once again this book hits the nail on the head! for twenty-eight years my dad was in the navy as an a aviator. in his early navy days he was a test pilot then he graduated to be one of those guys who take off and land on aircraft carriers -- darned dangerous activities if you ask me! what a gift we have been given - my father survived all the dangers he faced and doing quite well. in honor of my dad I'll end today's post with a quote from one of his favorite books, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.
-Richard Bach (b.1936 - ) author and aviator

picture: top-my dad the flyboy 1944; middle-engaging in said dangerous activities; bottom - seagull looking for a handout, along the oregon coast


Ms. Mamma said...

K- That is so cool! Happy Birthday to your pops! I can only imagine the treasure trove of kick ass photos you possess. Art quilt using some of the finds? I'm going to have to check out that book and see what it says about February 7th.

Have a great trip! The photo of the seagull is incredible!

lettuce said...

yes, happy birthday to your dad - thats a fab picture of him.

i love old family photos - what a great project, i bet he will be delighted. and lovely to work on it with your daughter too.

i love the seagull photo.

Unknown said...

Wish your Dad a happy birthday from me. What an exciting life, and I love Jonathan Livingstone Seagull too.

msb said...

Love, love, love, the the seagull picture. and my dad's 85th he was (and still is 2 years later)the same as your dad about aceppting any gifts. But he did like dinner a Ruth Chris.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, what a beautiful post. Your dad sounds remarkable and the quote from the book is perfect. It sounds like your dad has rubbed off on you. What a wonderful book to be able to call one of your father's favorites.LOL..the only book I can think of that is a favorite of my dad's although I'm sure there are Think and Grow Rich-by Napolean Hill....LOL...I think I need to ask him about his other favorites...thank you for the visit with your dad. The photo collage, walk down memory lane will be great.a perfect gift solution, he will really get a kick out of that.Have fun and thank you for sharing.

Dumdad said...

Great pix!

L.M.Noonan said...

Happy Birthday from Oz!
When you get back and start blogging agian you might like to pick up the 'thoughtful blogger award' waiting for you at my blog.

jenclair said...

Another birthday wish for your dad (although a late one). Love the picture and your idea for a gift! My dad was a navigator with the 8th Air Force during the war, and I wish I knew more about it.