Wishing you all well

I almost have the Aggie accent down. Its been four months since I arrived here in Texas. The first semester is over, grades are posted, reports are underway.

I’ve met lots of nice people here, and I want to add them to the list of friends to thank and wish a happy holiday season and especially a happy new year to!

Steve and Joanna, lifelong friends from Fargo, they seem to know just when my spirit needs saving and have a card waiting for me. I don’t get to see them often, and this was the first in 25 years that I missed seeing them in the summer….and I missed it! But i’ll be there this next summer!

Mark T., Tom V. Milton, Mark S. Harold and Judy, John and Shirley, Alan D., all pillars of the Fargo Architecture Engineering and Construction Scene…maybe not Judy and Shirley, but they support the pillars in their family so they are honorary pilasters.

Frank W. Patrick D, Hunter, Andrew Mc, Dannette, Yvan, Kihong, Annie, Thom, Walid, and Jay, my friends in Blacksburg that kept me in good spirits through difficult times and supported my development as a teacher, architect, fisherman, baseball fan, and friend.

Glen M., Ward W., Marcel E., Phil T., Dick D., Melinda R., Hala G., Ginger W. Mallory S., Kirk H., and Kathy, people who are helping make Texas home with friendly advice, invitations to lunches and dinner, and weekends away from the world of work….


Along with my daughters Erin and Maggie, my elder-mentors Frederick and Fran, and my brother and sisters (Uncle Tom and Aunt Mary too!) in Chicago, these people kept me going with unlimited support, faith, and lots of patient listening. I thank you all. Its been a big transition, its not over yet, but I didn’t want to wait to say thank you, I’m in your debt.

…and to you all that i’ve done wrong to, I’m sorry for it, I can’t go back, I’m sure this life is the right direction, but I never intend to cause anyone pain…(even the guy who set my rear suspension up wrong and wore out my tires early) I hope your next year goes better too.

Happy holidays to you all! Here’s hoping next year is calm, peaceful, and fulfilling for you.

Take Care, look out for each other, write to you again next year.

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