Golden High School Class of ’63
from Patsy Boss (Stockton)
I had the opportunity to take a trip to Japan with a tour group in June. Since I had gotten to know both Minoru and Motoko a little during our 50th class reunion, I contacted them to let them know I would have some free time while I was in Japan, and that I would love to see them, if possible. I wasn't sure what the logistics of a meeting would be, but Minoru and Motoko were so accommodating and gracious — they made it so much more than the brief meeting I had hoped for — they drove the four hours from their home in Mima to meet me in Kyoto. They made it possible for me to spend the entire day with them.
They showed me sights I would not have otherwise seen and treated me to a delicious, traditional Japanese dinner at a fine restaurant — they even gave me pointers on how eat with ease using chopsticks. Minoru and Motoko stayed the night at the same hotel where I was staying so we could visit throughout the evening before their early morning departure. We got to know each other better, while enjoying good Japanese tea and sweets and each others company. It's a time I will cherish and always remember. They are such lovely people, and I am so glad to know them.
I saw the beautiful gardens and landscape of Japan, it's lovely people, and all the shrines and temples, but the time with Minoru and Motoko was the most enjoyable to me, and the highlight of the trip. Thank you Minoru and Motoko!
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1 - Approaching storm
2 - Sun setting behind cumulus clouds
3 - Cloud to cloud to ground lightning
4 - Mammatus clouds boiling upside down
5 - Single cell severe tornadic thunderstorm
6 - Downdraft of precipitation from cumulonimbus cloud
7 - Leading edge of a flanking downdraft of a thunderstorm
8 - Another great mammatus
9 - Sunset on dissipating thunderstorms
10 - Another dissipating thunderstorm
11 - Volcanic eruption creating a circular outflow
12 - Disorganized thunderstorm
13 - Single cell storm
14 - Tornadic vortex, multi-layer outflow
15 - Row of thunderstorms, cloud to cloud to ground lightning
16 - Cloud to ground lightning in rain shield
17 - Single super-cell with mamatus
18 - Cloud to cloud to ground lightning
19 - Tower cumulus
20 - Tornado funnel near the ground
21 - Circular ouflow with storm cell rotation
22 - Lowering wall cloud from mature thunderstorm
23 - Cloud to ground lightning (time lapse)
24 - Large tornado on the ground
Patsy's trip to Japan
and visit with
Minoru and Motoko Saijo
A 360° rainbow seen from an airplane
A magical place in Austria — Grer See
A tsunami of clouds
Cloud taking wing
Clouds over a volcano
Crystal clear ice of Baikal (Siberia)
Fire Rainbow — a horizontal rainbow in high cirrus clouds
Ice cave illuminated by a torch
Jet wash in the morning mist
Ladybug in the morning dew
Lavender fields forever
Morskoi sand under 300x magnification
One in a million
Rhodochrosite, a shii mineral, also known as Rose of the Inca
Splash from a stone thrown into the sea at sunset
View from 8,000 meters
Watch your step
After spending a lot of time alone in the same room of the owner's house, a crow and a dog grew fond of each other. The crow is almost always on the dog's back, the dog even barks when people try to touch his pal. The owner built a custom harness for more comfortable rides.
After a devastating forest fire, fire rescuers ran out of crates for the animals saved from the blazes. This fawn and baby bobcat were placed together in the office. Hours later, firemen noticed they'd taken a liking to one another and cuddled for the duration they were kept together.
A duck and house cat were raised together by a family.
Reportedly the duck hates water and hasn't figured out yet that it can fly.
A wild-life park in China adopted two tiger cubs, which were soon adopted
by a worker's dog that happened to be in the pen frequently.
The Fernandez family adopted a tiger cub after it had lost its family.
It has been raised with the family dog since infancy, and they are inseparable.
Humphrey the hippopotamus was a house pet that became too large and was moved to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa, where he was safe but lonely. A Cameroon Pygmy Mountain Goat climbed the fence into Humphrey's enclosure and befriended him.
Sobe the iguana and Johann the cat were both rescued by a woman in Brooklyn, NY.
Every day when the iguana is let out of her cage, she seeks out Johann for play time,
along with a rabbit also kept as a pet.
Koko the gorilla is famous for having learned to communicate by sign-language. For her birthday one year, she made signs to her teacher that she wanted a kitten. Koko's teacher wasn't surprised, as Koko's two favorite books were about cats. They adopted a kitten from an abandoned litter, and Koko showed it great care and gentleness.
A lioness abandoned by her pack decided to adopt a baby impala after killing its mother.
Several times, she tried to leave the baby in the company of other impalas, but ended up having to take the baby
back under her wing after the adult impalas were frightened away by her.
A giraffe and ostrich form an odd friendship at Busch Gardens in Florida.
Owls that hatched at a hawk conservatory were adopted by the park-keeper and became friends with his pet dog.
After a family took in this stray cat, she grew fond of their elderly dog.
Realizing the dog was blind, the cat took on the responsibility of leading the dog to his water, food, shade, and toys. She would follow closely under his chin to guide him.
A stray cat wandered into this Asiatic bear's enclosure at the Berlin Zoo.
It has been coming back frequently for 10 years to visit its friend.
This unusual pair have been seen together for more than a year in Lake Van in Turkey.
They were first spotted by a local fisherman who witnessed them sharing a fish
and playing together.
At the Tiger institute in South Carolina, a female chimpanzee raised white tiger cubs
after they were separated from their mother.
A photographer witnessed a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilderness of
Canada’s Hudson Bay. Instead of devouring the dogs, they played and cuddled.
The polar bear returned every night that week.
Other examples of strange and improbable animal friendships ...
The path of death (height: 2,130 metres), China
The road through Death Valley, USA
A view of Mount Everest from a plane
Factory chimneys at sunset
A sculpture made entirely from plastic bottles on a beach in Rio de Janeiro
The glass trail of terror (height: 1,430 meters), China
A pattern made from straight lines only
A thousand-year-old oak tree with a chapel inside, France
A bridge made from tree roots, Indonesia
A design for a glass swimming pool suspended between two buildings in London
The white cliffs of Iturup Island, Russia
The bay in the resort of Novyi Svet, Crimea
Moonlight reflected off some mountains
A parking lot roof made of 1,500 plastic bottles, USA
A bridge over a frozen river
One of the most unusual breeds of dogs — the Tibetan Mastiff
An incredibly beautiful drawing made using only colored pencils
The shadow of an airliner penetrates a layer of fog at Logan Airport, Boston
The cleanest water in the world — Melissani Lake, Greece
The astoundingly reflective water of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
A room in an underwater hotel, Dubai
The sculpture “Inertia” in an underwater museum, USA
Elephants come to dinner
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A remarkable fly-over
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Colorado, seen from a drone. Best viewed
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The remarkable transformation from plain white paper!
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Towing an iceberg
Oceanside path in Spain
San Juan Mountains
What a Wonderful World
Bill Angus —
Things here in Texas are OK, life goes on.
I retired last October and have been staying busy with the local MakerSpace, kind of a playground for grownups.
Son David (MD, Army Captain) is to be relocated from the DC area to Ft Hood (near Waco, Texas) in August, so maybe we will see more of him before long.
Daughter Sarah and her 3 'highly advanced' kiddos (our grandkids) will be visiting us soon from Abilene during Spring Break.
As you know, budget cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at large events. Well, there's a group of guys in Kansas City who do some formation flying, in their own planes; they decided they'd volunteer to pick up the slack. They invited a couple of other groups to join them and, before they knew it, they had 48 guys with their airplanes signing up to join in.
If they'd had more time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group, as people kept joining, and a 49th was added near the event. One additional feature of the FLYOVER was the use of pink smoke for cancer awareness.
The folks from the Guinness Book of Records were there and are expected to confirm it as the largest formation flight ever. And to top it off, the crowd later set the record for the loudest gathering at a football stadium. Be sure your speakers are turned up... best if watched at 'full screen'.
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"Just a Pinch" clothspin, Belgium
A cloud illuminated by lightning
A desert oasis in Libya
A pod of sleeping sperm whales
A seahorse can tell time
A tiny hermit crab
A river house in Serbia
A wall of Fall
Adaptive roots in a concrete jungle
Alpinists in Chamonix
An elephant meets a sea lion
Bern, from above
Bora Bora from space
Chicago from afar
Death begets life
Flight of the Devil Rays
Fractal patterns in dried out desert rivers
Gasadalur Village, Faroe Islands
Green Vine Snake
If Jupiter was the same distance as the moon
Just another seal
Lionesses at the watering hole
Living on the edge, Half-Dome, Yosemite
Maelstrom at Kauai, Hawaii
Metropolitan Opera House
Molokini Crater, Maui
Moth trails at night
Mount Fuji, from above
Mount Kilimanjaro, from above
Mount Rainier casting a shadow on clouds
Our Sun, erupting
Outdoor jacuzzi on the Matterhorn
Perseid meteor shower, Snowy Range, Wyoming
Putting the size of a whale in perspective
Sky Garden Crater, Ireland
Snowmobiling the Norway-Sweden border
Street artist Sainer, Poland
Sunrise over London's Tower Bridge
The Coconut Octopus
The Waterfall Island at Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Titanic engines under water
USS Annapolis submarine surfaces through the Arctic ice
Venezuelan Poodle Moth
Where the Great Wall meets the sea, Shanhai Pass
X-ray of a stingray