categories: Cocktail Hour
My Dad turned 86 yesterday, and as he’s been a bit of a presence here at Bill and Dave’s, I thought I’d send along some photos from the virtual (and also real) party my brother Doug set up. It was a little surreal, skyping in to their dinner table in Atlanta, where Poppy sat unsuspecting. Here’s a guy born in 1926 looking at his kids and grandchildren on video screens after a big meal and finding it confusing rather than amazing, as if someone had strapped Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist TV to his arm. My sister Carol was there from Snohomish, Washington. My sister Janet lives near Doug, and so she and her partner Brenda and their son were there in person. Elysia and Juliet and I found ourselves right next to the old man as he tried to figure out where to look, and who on earth was talking. Across from us was a laptop with Carol on it! Nuts. To complete the weirdness, I’ll embed an I Used to Play in Bands video that Poppy stars in, playing himself putting on his grouchy guy persona, hilarious. And there he was last night, the middle of nine decades of life, taking his teeth out to make the kids laugh, accepting an Obama bumper sticker on his head with great sputtering, and generally having a good time. Happy Birthday, dear dad!