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June 29, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Va-va!


The above image, Arlington Race Track is also available as a Desktop

Today's song is End Of The Line by the The Traveling Wilburys, released in 1989.

I first heard "Va-va" upon seeing my granddaughter last Friday night when I arrived in Chicago for a five-day visit. At first I couldn't figure out what "Va-va" probably meant, but now I think I do.

You won't find "Va-va" in an American Language dictionary, at least not yet. After being with my granddaughter for many hours, I believe it means, "I'm learning something new. I'll get back to it later." "Va-va" makes a lot of sense in that context.

My granddaughter and I spent a lot of time playing with each other. I taught her to wave and stick her tongue out. That alone made the trip worthwhile. :-)

My daughter and her husband along with their almost eleven month-old daughter took me to Arlington Park Race Track last Saturday. I was last there 40 years ago and the new place is very nice.

Between one of the races, 22 Medal Of Honor winners were themselves honored in front of the large crowd. Each was presented an American flag in a formal ceremony. I am proud of each and every one of them. They are shown below.

On Monday afternoon, I met Mark Anderson whom I last saw in August 1968 after he returned from Vietnam. Mark was interviewed extensivly for the book, Lions of Medina. I'm ordering my copy soon. On my next trip to Chicago, I hope to see him again because we still have a lot to talk about.

Monday evening, I met six of my fellow Caldwell Elementary School Class of 1964 friends. I hadn't seen Dick Sloan since June 1964! We had a great time at dinner talking about many subjects. Four of us went on to graduate from Bowen High School in June 1968.

It was fun to see Bob Katzman, Bob Koppel, Steve Golber, Dick Sloan, and Ron Buzil again. We met at a Italian restaurant on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Wednesday morning, my daughter and granddaughter returned with me to San Diego for their short visit with us. I held my granddaughter most of the trip, including her one-hour nap on me.

We had plenty of time at my window-seat to tell her what was visible from the plane on the ground below. "Va-va", she said. I agreed.

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I'm not sure my granddaughter understands the Theory of Constraints, but maybe you can glean some useful information from it.

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Today the Apple iPhone arrives. The new age dawns now. I wonder how Bell and Watson would like it?

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Do you need to manipulate databases? Perhaps RazorSQL will be helpful to you if you do.

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Life is "Va-va", as I complete this message with the following Digital Insight.

Circles of Life (Created in July 2000)

This image was inspired by the reflection of the activities surrounding the funeral of my mother years ago. She influenced a lot of people in her life and those people's stories provided the basis for this creation.

In March 2004, I gave a speech at my Twin Oaks Toastmasters club, using the image as a prop and its name as the speech's title. In the beginning of that presentation, I spoke about these three aspects of the 'circles of life' and later expanded the narrative around them:

  • We all start that circle as a singularity at conception, are born, grow to adulthood, start more circles, and eventually die
  • Throughout our lives we either know where our center is or working to establish it
  • Our circles travel along other paths and interact accordingly

I received many kind written and verbal comments on that speech from the audience so I think its message rings true with most people. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"When the extended family and friends gathered for my Mom's funeral in January 2000, we all had a chance to catch up on years of absence. Hearing those stories from everyone reminded me of the closures we all face in life in one form or another."

Don


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