I'm very touched. You definitely improved it and I appreciate it very much.Alan, somehow I stumbled onto this thread and was reading through some of the earlier pages when I spotted a photograph you posted of you and your Mom in Hawaii at the Arizona Memorial.
One of my pastimes in retirement has been playing with old photographs, trying to make them look as good as they can, and that photo "called out" to me. So after about ten minutes, using some Photoshop skills, I think I made it a little better. (If I've overstepped any bounds, let me know and I'll remove this.)
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We took that trip because we all loved Hawaii Five-O, but also for another reason that my brother and I weren't told: the writing was on the wall for my 45-year-old father (who took this photo). He'd survive another seven years, but we'd never again take a spectacular family vacation because his health didn't allow it.
Thanks again, Harry.
P.S. I learned something new about that trip after forty-one years. Last week my mother called. She's not doing well and is starting to make sure things that are important to her land where she wants them for the long term. One of my memories of that trip is my father paying for everything with hundred dollar bills. Until that trip I had never seen one. He seemed to have an endless supply while we were in Hawaii (and we were strictly lower middle class back then). After that trip my dad started offering me and my brother $100 bills if we could ever catch a live Armadillo with our bare hands (we lived in Texas). He always had a hundred dollar bill ready to give us if we could. He'd show it to us each time we went camping. "What happens if we both catch one?" we asked. No problem, he said, and flashed several more hundreds.
Last week I learned what the deal was. My dad was in construction, and right before we went on the trip to Hawaii in 1977, he got paid for a big job--all in cash, and all in $100 bills. My mom sent me the last of them. I know I shouldn't be sentimental and keep them, but spending them will be hard.
My mom said she asked my dad why the guy paid him in $100 bills, and he said, "Don't ask." They took a bunch of hundreds to Hawaii. My mom said she put the rest in the bottom of an empty ice cream bucket in the freezer while we were away.