Happy Birthday to the
By Courtney Elder
When I asked Courtney "What is that (missing)
on top of my head" she said "Nothing." Kids!
Out Front on Medusa on my
This is in Hollister, maybe
1957 before moving to Avila Beach
With Mom and Dad probably
in 1964 or 1965
The last photo of me without a beard?
April 4, 2003
Dear Friends and Family
I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, but this birthday
is a milestone worth mentioning.
Why is that?
Because it's the birthday my mother, my father nor my
brother were never able to celebrate for themselves.
Karen had a special extended weekend planned at South
Lake Tahoe (Harrahs-Harveys Free Rooms!) but unfortunately work has delayed
that trip two weeks, which is really no major problem.
We now plan a small gathering here in Sonoma on the weekend,
probably going to one of our old favorite Off-The-Plaza Mexican restaurants
(not Amigos!) with local family and friends.
I celebrate Big Number 48 for three others: Marilyn Laing,
who missed too many other birthdays, plus Chuck Laing and Jim Laing --
both not with us to celebrate this special day for themselves.
Together they missed far too many family events and special
occasions, the births of some grandchildren and many birthdays they should
I intend to celebrate many more birthdays to come, each
one with these three special people in my thoughts and always in my heart.
To each of you, all friends and extended family, I want
to thank you for celebrating this special day along with me and in remembering
all those who can no longer be with us except in memory and spirit.
While it's Happy Birthday to me, Mom, Dad and Jim, this
one's for you!
Wishing all of you happiness and long life
Mitch, Judy and Jim in 1991
Jim and Mitch
with the original Laing Rd sign in 1986
What I Did For My Birthday...
in 2001 anyway
Grizzly Peak, The Center
Point of DCA
The Grump Visits Disney's California
California Screamin' and
The Sun Wheel at Paradise Pier
Holding that camera remote control, handy
when going solo at theme parks.
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