Road Race 2005 times


Name Time Age
Nate 52:52 27
Don III 1:01:00 33
Brian 1:04:49 30
Don Jr. 1:04:57 56
Owen 1:05:42 23
Walter 1:07:51 56
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Mrs. Mullin

I am sad to report that Mrs. Mullin passed away early this week.

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Gary and Lilly are pregnant!

Aaaah!!! Photos later…

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Road Race Weekend 2005 is underway

All the Patterson’s are at the Height’s house. Larry, Flora, Kate, Mike, Gabrielle, Jack, Mike, Nancy, Adam, Margaret, Elizabeth have all made appearances. The Mullins and others should be at Wood Neck beach tonight.

The outlook for the Road Race is pretty poor. Most of the men at the Heights house are taking about what sort of “energy drink” they need to have in order to complete the race. It’s going to be hot and humid this year….

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Larry and Elise have new email addresses

In the interest of avoiding spam we won’t post them here. Suffice to say they are the same as their old email addresses, but replace with

If you need more info than that, email me.


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Photo with a stump


Don has a weird relationship with tree stumps. I think it started very young, but it manifested itself as he was cleaning up the Heights house yard over the years. Now he is trying to pass it on to his granddaughter. Maybe Andrea can elaborate on this photo for us..

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Christmas List 2005

Lilly writes:


I hope this email finds everyone well. Attached is the Christmas List for 2005. I did not include the 3rd generation, but if people decide that they actually want that generation to exchange gifts, let me know and I can send it out.




Click here to download the Word document. Lilly did it in Word. It’s not my fault. If someone wants to convert it to plain text and send it to me, I’ll put it directly on the site. :) – Don

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Christmas List Process Review

Lilly writes:


Last night I drew names for Christmas. I will type up the list tonight and send it out to everyone. I was wondering what people thought about discontinuing the Christmas exchange for the 3rd generation. The Mullin family did this last year and I think that it worked out well for everyone (that way the people with kids will not have to buy so many gifts). So, the siblings and the cousins would still exchange gifts, but the kids in the Theo, Joy, Dylan, etc generation would not.

Let me know what you all think…



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Seen on the Internets

lawn sign

This funny sign was spotted in the wild on the Internet in a home-ware catalog. There is no photoshopping going on here, this is really how they are selling the sign. A little humor for the Palmer Clan this morning.

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UW Graduation

(slidshows lost in transition)

Well, a little bit of time has passed since graduation, but I’ve finally gotten all the photos collected and posted…

On July 11th I walked in the UW graduation ceremony to get my Ph.D.! I don’t really have it yet because I defend on 8/9/2005, but it was fun to go through the ceremony anyway. Nate, Andrea, Grace, Don and Rita were able to make it out to visit for the event and we had a fun time – until I checked into the hospital.

The first day that everyone was in Seattle we took a ferry boat to Bainbridge Island, an island in the San Juans, and walked around a cute little town named Winslow. It was a nice relaxing trip. When we came back to downtown Seattle (where the ferry landing was) we found out that the mini-van we were renting had a flat tire. So after we sic’ed Andrea on the rental car company we walked up to Pike Place market and did some shopping and visited the first Starbuck’s. Here is a slideshow of that trip. Later that night we went out to eat at a Native American themed restaurant called “Ivar’s Salmon House”. After dinner we walked to nice park called GasWork’s park. Here is a slideshow of that event.

The next day was graduation. It started with a departmental ceremony in which my advisor “hooded” me. That was followed by a reception in our departmental building. Here is a slideshow of that.

Then after the reception was the big University-wide ceremony. I walked with my friend Gerome who was wearing a lei that his friend gave him. It was fun to be part of such a big event. Gerome and I were seated in the very front row. But about 20 minutes into the ceremony it started to downpour. Ponchos were broken out and all kinds of mayhem ensued. The speaker, former Treasury Secretary Robert Ruben, tried hard to talk about risk management, but was upstaged by the downpour. Here are photos of that event.

After dinner that night, there was a special ceremony back at our house in which I was given an official Professor’s kit. It was a bit of a roast. Here are some photos of that event.

The next day we went to Capitol Hill to get donuts from a local bakery and walk around a trendy street. That was when I started feeling really sick. The men took the kids to a playground and before too long my stomach was hurting really badly. I waited at the playground while they went to get the car and when the car showed up, I got in and then passed out. Sandy and my mom were pretty freaked out because they didn’t know what was going on. They thought it might be a heart attack or something, but the passing out was just from the stomach pain. Anyway, they called the paramedics who revived me and stabilized me on oxygen. Then I was whisked off to the emergency room. When I got there I passed out again. I spent the rest of the day and early evening getting all kinds of tests and a CT scan. Although it took me about a week and a half to recover I think it was just a really bad stomach flu combined with dehydration. Sorry no pictures of that! Anyway, we’re doing better now and keeping a water bottle handy at all times.

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