Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!" - From "Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

Do you know what awesome things happened in 1927? Well, among other things...

    First trans-Atlantic phone call
    The first transatlantic telephone call was made via radio from NYC to London, England on January 7.

  • FCC created
    The US Federal Radio Commission (later renamed the Federal Communications Commission) began regulating radio frequencies on February 23.

  • First Academy Awards
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded on May 11.

  • Charles Lindbergh
    Charles Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, from NYC to Paris in his single-seat, single-engine monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, May 20-21.

    World Population, 2 Billion
  • At some point in 1927, the World population reached 2,000,000,000. (two billion). 

Wish I had a baby picture of Dad!
  • And most important of all, on May 16, 1927, my dad, Gentry Wright, was born!

It's rare that I find a good gift for my dad. It isn't that he's hard to please. It's just that he doesn't ever want or need anything. It's been this way all my life! He's the only person I've ever had trouble shopping for. I have to watch him really close for months, or remember things he's mentioned in the past. But this year, I think John and I did good for his birthday!

This year we decided to take Dad to Family Billiards & Cafe on Broad Street in Monroe, GA. It's a great, family-oriented billiard parlor, and they serve unbelievably great food! Their menu includes wings,  half-pound burgers, hot dogs, and great sides! If you live anywhere near Monroe, you've just got to try this place out!

Miss Dot
Dot Jernigan is the manager of Family Billiards & Cafe. She's a really great lady who knows how to to make you feel right at home. It's an added treat that Miss Dot also knows how to cook a really great burger!

We started the afternoon with a game of pool, and let me tell you, we sucked! Dad used to be a real hustler, and I was known to make some really amazing shots once in a while, but neither of us has played in 40 years! Honestly, we were pathetic, but we kept going, and you know what? We got worse! It took a full hour to finish that first game.

So we took a break and had a bite to eat. Dad had the half-pound hamburger and crinkle fries. He was just saying the other day that nobody serves crinkle fries anymore, and he likes them because they're gentle on his gums. So that was a big plus!

I had the half-pound Chili Cheeseburger, and it had grilled onions on it! OMG! Major yuuuuum! John started with Teriyaki wings and fries, then had two slaw dogs. I'm telling you, even the Diet Cokes tasted better at this place!

Reporter Rachael Ward interviewing Dad
While we were there, Rachael Ward, a reporter from the Walton Tribune popped in. I called the paper earlier and found out they would be very interested in doing a story about my 85 year old father, a veteran of three major wars, who served directly under General William Westmoreland in Vietnam, and has a number of other extraordinary life experiences to share!

Dinner and billiards at Family Billiards & Cafe
We had a great time today! After we ate, I was surprised to hear Dad say he was up to another game of pool. John and I took alternate shots against Dad. After watching the first game, John said he felt like he could play us on an even field! Believe it or not, Dad and I improved significantly during the second game. We still sucked! We just didn't suck as bad!

I really love my dad! I'm so glad he's still here with us. I don't know how much longer he's going to stick around (he's anxious to go on and be with my mom), but I'm going to enjoy every minute we have together, and I'm going to keep looking for experiences he can enjoy ~ because he's really tired of sleeping through his days!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Happy Birthday PopPop! Love you more than the océan and shrimp!!