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11/28/18 10:50 AM #524    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Last night I remembered I do know someone currently famous.  In 2002, I dated a guy by the name of Ron Tiegen.  He was a nice fellow, but not one I would take up with on the long term.   His daughter was a Sr. in High School, and her name was Chrissy Tiegen.    She was the most beautiful girl I had ever laid my eyes on.  She and her dad and I had any number of dinners in restaurants together.   When we would walk in, all eyes were on her.   Talk about feeling inferior...yup, me.  However, she was a very sweet girl.   Even at that time she was very interested in food and cooking and we talked for many hours about that.   Her father Ron, wanted to have an exclusive relationship and I did not, so I broke it off.  Now you all know who she is married to, right...John Ledgend (sp).   Thnik of it, I would be his step mother in law had I stayed in that relationship and had we gotten married.   I know the wedding was in Italy, and I saw some pictures of it on line.   There was her Dad, right up front.   Gee...I could have been there if I played my cards right.   I don't think it would have been worth it...he really was not my type.

12/14/18 07:49 AM #525    


Art Hyland

May we the living enjoy this Christmas season of memories and happiness no matter our beliefs.  We all need to pray for coming together in this nation of ours built upon a history of virtuous peoples who respect each other.  Perhaps the world is beginning to see the wisdom of people of similar values sorting out where they live and work.  Let us, the elders that we are, encourage a peaceful means to accomplish this.  Thanks to the Class of ’63 for the fun, memories and continuing dialogue.

As an old Canadian friend of mine routinely, humorously writes every year:  "Season's Platitudes"

12/14/18 11:55 AM #526    

Marvin Knox

Be they believer or not - I don't know many people who don't enjoy the Christmas season. 

Down here in Lake Havasu City we light up the London Bridge and all the shops there about with Chrisimas themes.

One evening  in early December is given over to the lighting of the Bridge and shops - much like the Leavenworth event up there.  Another couple of evenings are dedicated to the annual Christimas boat parade - much like the Seattle Puget Sound event.

A hundred or so hardy souls line up along side the bridge, dive in at the starter signal, and swim accross the channel.  The first one to reach the finish line is given the honor of throwing the switch which activates the lights - while standing there soaking wet of course.  This year it was around 40 degrees at the time of the swim.

I like to watch such festivities from my lawn chair - the one with lumbar support .  I don't even have to get my feet wet.    Actually - truth be told - I couldn't swim accross the channel with a dog paddle -  even if it was 90 degrees out. 

12/15/18 09:53 AM #527    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Marv and Art:   Yes, memories of Christmas' past are wonderful.   Just had a few of those myself the other night.  Most of all I miss my parents.  My mother was a full blooded Norweigen and Christmas was so special for her.  Even though there were just the 3 of us, she made it special.  I remember a couple of Christmas times at her folks when I was really had 4 brothers and they all lived nearby.  Lots of cousins to play with...special times indeed...and lots of great food...those people could cook.

Praying for our country to come together, celebrate one another, and lead the world in peace again.

Merry Christmas to one and all.



12/24/18 02:32 PM #528    

Marvin Knox

Merry Christmas everyone.heart

12/25/18 12:00 PM #529    


Danny Braudrick

And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you dear friends.

By the way—a heartwarming Christmas story:

Christmas Carols 

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates. "In honor of this holy season," Saint Peter said, "you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven."

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. It represents a candle, he said.

You may pass through the pearly gates Saint Peter said.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, "They're bells."

Saint Peter said you may pass through the pearly gates.

The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties. St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, "And just what do those symbolize?"

The man replied, "These are Carols."

And So The Holiday Season Begins...



12/26/18 08:02 AM #530    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

That got a chuckle out of me Danny...very cute.

12/26/18 08:37 AM #531    


Marcia Micheau (Green)

Danny..that story is a kick and will, no doubt, be hi-jacked to be retold by more than one of us.

12/26/18 03:23 PM #532    

Marvin Knox


I'm looking through the list of Carols we graduated with (there are 8 of them).  I'm really hoping one will have a comment for you. smiley

12/26/18 06:48 PM #533    


Eric (Rick) Moon

Great joke Danny!  I've already retold it 4 times.

12/27/18 03:12 PM #534    


Sandra Wittmeier (Taylor)

A BIG THANK YOU to those of you who contributed to keep this site going.  Because of your generosity, our Sammamish63 website will continue through 2022.  I hope all of you had a Joyous Christmas and I wish each of you a Happy and Healthy 2019.

12/27/18 03:12 PM #535    


Sandra Wittmeier (Taylor)

A BIG THANK YOU to those of you who contributed to keep this site going.  Because of your generosity, our Sammamish63 website will continue through 2022.  I hope all of you had a Joyous Christmas and I wish each of you a Happy and Healthy 2019.

01/17/19 10:15 AM #536    


Vivian Karen Hogue (Olguin)

Was out in Crossroads area again yesterday.  Here are a couple of photos of the new Highland Middle School aka Highland Junior High School.


01/18/19 02:12 PM #537    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Wow..thanks Karen...time marches on.

01/18/19 02:53 PM #538    

Esther Sara Hartglass (Camuti)

I remember when we opened Highland!  We stayed there until the end of 8th grade then we went to Sammamish as Freshmen!  Wow time does march on!






















01/18/19 07:10 PM #539    

Marvin Knox

Thanks Karen.

I have lots of interesting memories from Highland.  My first "sock hop" in the gym.  Too shy to dance though.blush

Can you believe it?  That was the 1950's.  The birth of rock and roll and we were entering our teens right at the start of it..

01/19/19 08:31 AM #540    


Vivian Karen Hogue (Olguin)

Did anyone else take ballroom dancing classes at the Highland Community Center??  Was the instructor Ed Long??

01/19/19 09:01 AM #541    


Thomas Stromberg

Hi Karen.

Yes, it was Ed Long.  Amazingly the Community Center is still there. 

In the late 1970s they had ballroom dances with a live orchestra every Saturday night at Seattle Center.  If you came an hour early you could pay $1.50 and get a lesson from Ed and his wife/partner.  And as late as 1988 my wife and I took lessons at his home in Bellevue.  He seemed to be ageless.

Nice pictures of the former HJHS by the way.  I drive by it a couple times a month.

01/19/19 09:20 AM #542    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Marv, you should have come ask me to dance, I was holding up the wall.   I hated that first sock hop, no one asked me to dance and I was so embarrassed.    I did not go again.

I have really terrible memories of jr. high.   I was so under developed and shy.   I did not know how to dress like the other popular girls and I was overweight.  No wonder noone took a second look at me.    I did not come into my own until my sophomore year.   Thank goodness things changed then.   Good memories of high school.

02/07/19 03:36 PM #543    


Vivian Karen Hogue (Olguin)

I'll bet many of you are glad you are not here!❄️  More expected tomorrow and again early next week.🙀

02/08/19 08:42 AM #544    


Eric (Rick) Moon

Pretty wintry here in Honolulu too.  The temperature was 69 when I got up this morning.  The locals are all wearing their down vests.

02/08/19 11:18 AM #545    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

So beautiful, but hard to get around.   I had a little snow on my AZ cactus this winter...melted by afternoon.   We are up against the Santa Rita Mountains at about 3500 feet.   So beautiful here.   Thanks for sharing.

02/10/19 10:53 AM #546    


Jay Spaulding

What a magnificant snowfall this year!! We have 14 inches stacked up on our deck and are told that more is coming. I remember praying for a snowfall like this when I was growing up here in Kirkland. We live on Rose Hill (between downtown Redmond and downtown Kirkland) and wherever there is a hill there are kids sledding and having a ball. If I knew how to upload pictures I'd do it and you would be amazed. Hope all of you out there are safe, dry and warm. I love you all.

Jay Spaulding

02/11/19 08:57 AM #547    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Jay, hope you are enjoying it.   We moved to AZ to be in the sun and golf and do outside activities all year round.  We are just south of Tucson in a little place called Green Valley.   It is beautiful and I get to look at the snow on the mountains close to us but don't have to travel in it.   One of my big surprises living here is there is a huge number of folks from Washington state.   Some are snowbirds, but many are full time, like we are.  Enjoy your snow and stay warm.

02/11/19 11:11 AM #548    

Marvin Knox

Jay -

Our friends and relatives have been sending us pictures from up there.  Absolutely beautiful.

February here in Lake Havasu should wind up in the high 60's average even though we've had a few days hotter and a few days colder the last couple of weeks. .  From then on out it's about a 10 degree per month climb into summer.  By the end of May we should have a few days around 100 degrees.  Then in the summer all bets are off. We had 125 degrees last summer.

I love it down here.   Honestly though - I did enjoy the snows we had each winter when I lived up there.  Freezing rain - not so much.smiley

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