Thursday, December 27, 2007

Some things you didn't know or may not want to know about me

1 I WAS BORN IN NORTH IDAHO

2 I NEARLY DROWN IN THE FLOOD OF 1948

3 WE PLAYED WHERE A CASINO NOW STANDS

4 I WOULD STEAL SOME KID'S SLEDS WHILE THEY WERE IN SCHOOL (I WAS 4-5)

5 I LEARNED TO SWIM AT THE COW CREEK SWIMMING HOLE

6 WE USED A GUNNY SACK WITH SEALED 1 GALLON CANS FOR FLOATATION

7 I RODE A FREIGHT TRAIN FOR 30 MILES WHEN I WAS 10

8 I SOLD THE SPOKANE CHRONICLE ON THE GREAT NORTHERN EMPIRE BUILDER

9 WE COULD GO PLAY OR FISHING ALL DAY LONG AND OUR PARENTS DIDN;T WORRY

10 I ONCE LIVED IN A HOUSE WITH NO PLUMBING AND WE HAULED OUR WATER
FROM TOWN IN A BIG RUBBER BLADDER

11 MY DAD WAS A POLICE OFFICER

12 MY DAD WAS A DEMOCRATIC COUNTY COMMITTEEMAN

13 MY MOTHER WAS THE STRONGEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN

14 GRANDMA HARPER MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS HER ONLY GRANDCHILD, SHE HAD DOZENS

15 GRANDPA HARPER WAS THE JANITOR AT SOUTHSIDE GRADE SCHOOL AND WOULD LET ME HELP HIM CLEAN THE SCHOOL AND RING THE HAND BELL AT THE END OF RECESS TIME

16 I LOVE OREGON STATE ATHLETICS (PRIMARILY FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL)

17 I NO LONGER CARE FOR HOCKEY AT ALL PRO LEVELS AS IT IS ONLY ABOUT MONEY AND NOT THEIR LOVE OF THE GAME :(

18 2 OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN RODEO, AUSTIN DOES ROUGHSTOCK, AND HE ALSO GAMING EVENTS, AND KENNEDY DOES GAMING EVENTS

19 OUR OTHER 2 GRANDDAUGHTERS ARE VERY GOOD SOCCER PLAYERS

20 JAY LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND WILL MAKE A VERY GOOD HUNTER AND FISHERMAN

21 I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN BONNERS FERRY IDAHO

22 I MET LINDA CRUISING BROADWAY IN DOWTOWN PORTLAND ON A TUESDAY NIGHT

23 I LOVE LINDA MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD

24 WE HAVE 2 GREAT DAUGHTERS AND SONS IN LAW

25 I ONCE FLOATED ON A HOME MADE RAFT IN A FLOOD IN BONNERS FERRY(I SHOULDN'T HAVE SURVIVED THIS LONG)

26 I AM SCARED OF THE GRANDVIEW CEMETERY (ACTUALLY ALL CEMETERIES)

27 I LOVED LIVING IN YAKIMA WASHINGTON

28 I MISS MY CANADIAN COUSINS DEARLY (VELMA, CARLA, & LAURA)

29 I LOVE SPENDING TIME WITH MY COUSIN IN LAW IVAN BARTEL (BUT DON'T LET HIM KNOW IT)

30 I WAS A WAREHOUSE MANAGER IN KENT WASHINGTON

31 I DEARLY LOVED LINDA'S MOTHER LELA (SHE COULD BE AS GRUMPY AS ME) IT WAS FUN

32 I THINK LINDA'S DAD IS A GREAT GUY (HE TOLERATES MY JOKES)

33 I THINK LINDA'S STEPMOM IS A LOT OF FUN (SHE TRYS TO BE GRUMPY LIKE ME BUT I AM THE BEST AT IT)

34 I MISS BUFFY, KATY, & JO SO MUCH MORE THAN PEOPLE REALLY KNOW (PETS)

35 I DID NOT KNOW LINDA'S UNCLE WAS A WAR HERO (8-9 BRONZE STARS)

36 I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO LINDA'S FAMILY REUNIONS

37 I WISH THE PLATTS FAMILY WOULD HAVE MORE BESIDES FUNERALS

38 I WAS HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A BASEBALL BAT (IT DIDN'T HELP KNOCK ANY SENSE IN TO ME

39 WE ICE SKATED ON THE SLOUGH BY COW CREEK ROAD

40 MY BROTHER BILL AND I FISHED FOR LING THROUGH THE ICE ON THE KOOTENAY RIVER

41 I ONCE STOOD IN FRONT OF A TRAIN BECAUSE I THOUGHT I WAS SUPERMAN (ONE OF MY AUNTS SAVED ME)

42 BONNERS FERRY WAS AND IS A GREAT PLACE TO GROW UP

43 I HAD A GREAT TRIP TO BONNERS WITH JAY AND MANY THANKS TO BUD LARSON FOR BEING A WONDERFUL INFLUENCE TO JAY, HE STILL TALKS ABOUT THE TRIP

44 I ALMOST SHOT MY BROTHER BILL BY ACCIDENT

45 WE MOVED MY SISTER FROM MARYLAND (WHAT A TRIP THAT WAS)

46 A BLIZZARD IN WYOMING AND SPENT 2 NIGHTS IN NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN LARAMIE

47 I WAS HIT BY A CAR IN DOWNTOWN BONNERS FERRY WHEN I WAS ABOUT 8-9, IT DIDN'T KNOCK ANY SENSE IN THIS TIME EITHER

48 I HITCHHIKED AROUND THE U.S. WHEN I WAS 16 WITH ABOUT $10.00 IN MY POCKET.

49 I PUT MY MOTHER THROUGH WAY TO MUCH GRIEF (I KNOW SHE IS READING SO MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES TO HER)

50 I NEVER TRULY UNDERSTOOD THE HARPER WAY UNTIL JAY AND I STAYED WITH AUNT EVALIE (WHAT A TRULY REMARKABLE MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, GREATGRANDMOTHER, AUNT, AND POWERFUL WOMAN SHE WAS.)

51 I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT MARK WOULD BE AN LDS BISHOP (YOU ARE AWESOME)

52 SOMETHING HAPPENED I THOUGHT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN JEANNIE (CAREY)KING AND I ARE FRIENDS AND COUSINS (I APOLOGIZE FOR HOW I WAS IN MORELAND)

53 GRANDPA HARPER WAS A GREAT BASEBALL PLAYER AND FISHERMAN

54 I CAN STILL REMEMBER GRANMA & GRANDPA HARPERS HOUSE, EVERY NOOK A CRANNY

55 I REMEMBER SITTING ON GRANMA & GRANPA HARPER'S PORCH LISTENING TO GREATGRANPA ENGLAND TELLING TALES OF THE OLD WEST

56 DID I MENTION I AM SCARED OF HIGH WINDS, AND I DON'T KNOW WHY

57 WHOA I LIKE MY JOB ( THE THOUGHT JUST HIT ME)

58 I ONCE WAS TIED TO A TREE THROUGH A BELT LOOP ON MY PANTS (I WAS 4-5)

59 I TOOK OFF MY ALL CLOTHES AND GRABBED MY WAGON AND RAN AWAY TO AUNT JUNES HOUSE

60 GOT ABOUT HALF WAY THERE AND A COP ASKED ME WHAT I WAS DOING NAKED AND PULLING A RED WAGON I TOLD HIM I WAS RUNNING AWAY ( MY FIRST RIDE IN A COP CAR)

61 IF YOU SEE ERRORS IT IS BECAUSE I AM TYPING IN DIM LIGHT (ALSO I DON;T TYPE WELL)

62 I NEVER LIKED MRS. EDDY OR MRS. MARTIN (TEACHERS)( I DON'T THINK THEY LIKED ME EITHER)

63 LINDA'S DAD REALLY LIKED MARV STURMAN (A COUPLE OF OLD WOODSMEN)

64 MY MOTHER LOVED ME MORE THAN I EVER DESERVED

65 I EAT A POP TART ALMOST EVERY DAY, WILD BERRY IS THE BEST

66 I GET UP ALMOST EVERY MORNING JUST BEFORE 4:00AM

67 I WILL DO IT EVEN WHEN I RETIRE

68 OYSTER STEW IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FOODS

69 I HATED CAULIFLOWER WHEN I WAS A KID, BUT I LOVE IT TODAY

70 I LOVE MACARONI AND CHEESE (WISH AUSTIN WOULD SHARE MORE OF HIS

71 LINDA MAKES THE BEST POTATO SALAD AND MACARONI SALAD

72 WHY CAN MY BODY GO AS FAST AS MY MIND THINKS IT SHOULD( I WAS IN THE LOW LOW 10'S IN THE 100 YARD DASH WHEN I WAS IN JUNIOR HIGH BUT NOW IT TAKES ABOUT TEN MINUTES)

73 I COINED THE PHRASE I'M NOT AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS BUT I'M AS GOOD ONCE AS I EVER WAS

74 DWIGHT CALDWELL WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS AT SNAKE RIVER HIGH

75 I NEED TO GO BACK TO MORELAND IDAHO AGAIN

76 I AM ALWAYS SEEKING SOMETHING FROM PAST (I LIKE RECONNECTING WITH PEOPLE)

77 I REMEMBER RIDING STEERS AT THE BOUNDARY COUNTY FAIR WHEN I WAS ABOUT 10 OR SO

78 WHEN AND WHERE WILL IT EVER END

79 I LOVE MY SISTER IN LAW JENNY SO MUCH, SHE WAS A TRUE BLESSING IN MY LIFE

80 I ONCE GOT SLAMMED IN TO A FENCE BY A BULL AT THE KIDS RODEO AND CRACKED 3 RIBS

81 I REALLY LIKE HELPING AT THE RODEOS

82 SOMEDAY I NEED TO TRAVEL TO SPRINGFIELD MO. AND LOMPOC CALIFORNIA

83 I HAVE FORGIVEN JOHN POSTON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

84 WE ONCE HAD A PIG THAT WE RODE OUT IN THE PASTURE

85 I MUCKED STALLS FOR A LIVING ON SAN DIEGO

86 I ONCE FIRED MY BROTHER JOHN (HOPE HE HAS FORGIVEN ME)

87 MY BROTHER DICK AND I ABANDONED A CAR ALONG SIDE THE ROAD IN NEVADA AND SAID WE WOULD MEET IN MONTANA, I DID NOT SEE HIM AGAIN FOR SEVERAL YEARS

88 I MISS AND LOVE MY SISTER DEARLY

89 I SHARE MY BIRTHDAY WITH A WONDERFUL LADY

90 I REMEMBER VALLEY VIEW SCHOOL BEING HUGE, AND NOW THE HALLWAYS AND ROOMS SEEM SO SMALL, WHY IS THAT

91 THE MINUTE MY DAD DIED I KNEW BY THE FEELING THAT CAME OVER ME

93 BUSIER THAN 2 FLIES HAVING SEX IN A TEXAS TORNADO IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SAYINGS

94 I APPRECIATE LYNN AT ORIENT ELECTRIC LAUGHING AT MY STUPID JOKES

95 PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY WE HAD TO WALK TO SCHOOL IN THE SNOW ABOUT 3 MILES (IF YOU DON'T BELEIVE ME I CAN GOOGLE THE ROUTE)

96 JOANNE YOUR DAD WAS A GREAT FIDDLER

97 I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CLASS OF 63 REUNION IN JULY, 2008

98 KENNEDY JUST GAVE ME A TICKET FOR NOT TYPING FAST ENOUGH (ANOTHER RIDE IN A COP CAR I GUESS

99 DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER THE BASEBALL FIELD ACROSS FROM PARADISE VALLEY ROAD

100 IS THERE STILL DANCES HELD AT THE PARADISE HALL I MUST HAVE BEEN 10-13

2 comments:

Amanda said...

I loved getting to know some more information on you! I wish I could have know Grandma and Grandpa Harper... they sound like fantastic people!
I have to dissagree on the pop tart thing as Cinnamon and Brown sugar is the best!

Lots of Love!
Amanda Bartel

Jeff & Caryn said...

Daddy, WOW...after all these years I am still learning new things about you! Yes, I agree that Grandma Marty was the strongest Woman I have ever known too!
Love you!
Carebear