The Year of Demonic Possessions
It has been a year of transitions Ė not for us
specifically, but for everyone around us. We
spent months with no seats in our mini-van as we tried to optimize every trip
across town, picking things up, dropping things off, visits to the recycling
centers, Goodwill, hauling items to garage sales, and generally trying to
distribute goods where they would be used to their best advantage.
During the spring, Pat convinced her brother
Tim that it was time start fresh, so he sold his house and moved to Whitebird,
Idaho, near their brother Paul. We
helped Tim clean up his house and sort through 30 years of obsolete electronics
gear, and with the help of Patís brother David, packed him up and saw him off
in mid-May. He is still settling
into the West, and seems to feel at home there.
Later in May, Mike and his bride Elizabeth moved into
the walkout level of Daveís motherís house (Janeís house at Cedarcliff).
This was preceded by a heroic effort by Dave and his brother Bob of
sorting through archives at Cedarcliff, simultaneously with a dissemination of
Mike and Elizabethís original Goodwill furniture as they prepared to store
many of their wedding gifts so that they could fit into half of Janeís
basement. Elizabeth continues to
work at the University of Minnesota in the Psychology Department, and Mike is
pursuing his dream of creating a video game company.
Then in June, we traveled to Boulder, Colorado to
visit son Tom and his friend Katharina. What
did we do there (besides hike and camp in Rocky Mountain National Park with
daughter Karen and her friend Nate)? Well,
of course, we moved them across town. On a fine Monday, we took the seats out of our van (again)
and moved all of Tom and Katharinaís possessions across town to a house they
are sharing with other U of Colorado graduate students. Tom is currently employed as a computer programmer at a firm
that provides sophisticated development visualization (www.communityviz.com),
while Katharina continues her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Astrophysics.
Shortly after those moves settled down, we had the
opportunity to manage the distribution of Patís dadís possessions, as a
hyperthyroid problem accelerated his move out of his house into an apartment
(with temporary housing in a hospital and nursing home along the way).
With her sister-in-law Lindaís help, Pat furnished not only Carlís
new apartment, but also the basement of one nephew, the outdoor tools for a
niece, the shop of another nephew, and the apartment of a friend.
Carl is now comfortably settled into Chapel View Apartments, where he
enjoys both the privacy of his own place and the company of others.
Dave and Pat have no intention of moving their
possessions in 2004, but they will be moving Karen and some subset of her
possessions in the fall. This
spring Karen will complete her Hopkins High School career with fond memories of
time spent in the theater, singing, Destination Imagination and National Honor
Society activities. Next fall,
Karen will attend Carleton College, probably majoring in biology or
chemistry. She is going to miss the
kitty-cats, but is greatly looking forward to this new adventure.
This year has, as usual, been busy and also
rewarding. Ask us sometime about
various stories: trips to San Diego
to visit Jane in her winter abode; friend Mollyís wedding week; sister
Dianneís 60th birthday party in Door County; Patís trip to
California university technology transfer offices; Pat and Daveís hiking near
Mt. Baker in Washington; Patís rejuvenating retreats with women friends.
The most striking theme, however, has been how unnecessary most
possessions are, and how much of a burden they can become.
Hold onto each other, create experiences and memories together Ė these
are much lighter and longer lasting as you carry them with you throughout your
Joyous Holidays and a very Happy New (Leap) Year to