Jim, Sharen and Dave
Best wishes and
Hard to believe
that anothe year has almost come and gone. Even harder to believe is
that I have been at the Lebanon VA Medical Center four years now (August). I
am still working in the Engineering Department. We have expanded by
hiring three new engineers and have plans to fill two of three more
In November a
Dependability Award, along with a watch and a reserved parking space (for
three months) for having a year-long "perfect attendance record."
This also has been a year of traveling for me. The VA has a system
where you can only "carry-over" 240 hours of Annual Leave to the next year.
I would have had over 300 hours accumulated by the end of December, so I had
to use it, or lose it back to the system.
In May, I went
to Wisconsin. Spent a week with Sharen, David and some friends.
We went to several casinos, and although we had fun helping to support the
Indian tribes, none of us really won any great amount, so back to work for
me! HA! HA!
In July, I spent
time in Conneaut for the family reunion, and as always there was way too
much good food! The park was a nice setting, and think that everyone
that attended had a good time. Pat & Gayle introduced us to the Erie
Downs casino, and after a couple of visits, once again I had to return to
work - sense a pattern starting to develop here?
In September, I
went to the "Land of the Mouse" and spent a week with Johnny, Pam and Emilee.
We went to the Tampa hard Rock casino where it was the "girls" vs the "boys"
in gambling. Johnny won $200 on the dollar slots. The "boys"
team split the $500, while the girls' team did not do as well.
Although a winner, I once again had to return to Lebanon and work!
In December, I
an going to Viva Las Vegas, and meet Sharen, David and some friends for a
week's worth of "winning". I plan on returning to Lebanon and work
after the week is up - HA! HA!
approach of the holiday season, I find myself reflecting more on those
family members that have faced health issues, and remembering those that
have left us. Once again, I wish everyone the best of wishes for a
great holiday season.