Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

An Old Guy's Birthday

What do you give an old guy for his 78th birthday? Certainly not a new tie. Or a pair of slippers. My daughter and granddaughter are very clever. Not only did they find a birthday card that was full of love but they found some really neat presents. Shannon and Jennie often visit antique malls in the area and I’m sure they found my gifts there. First was a glass from the Longacres Race Track. That track closed in 1996, twelve years ago. The glass has a jockey and the motto of that time, “Doo Dah.” Next was a silver thoroughbred with jockey aboard and saddle blanket bearing number 6. I guess when I’m in doubt this year, I’ll just bet on number 6. Finally there was a metal rack containing four cups with portraits of Jack Skellington, hero/villain of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Not to mention the bottle of Tullamore Dew that my daughter’s boyfriend gave me.

If that wasn’t enough they took Anna and me out to dinner at a fairly new place in Burien. Italian place called 909 and the ravioli special was terrific. Three cheese raviolis. And a chocolate cake that was scrumptious. Best of all was the jazz keyboard player with the portable keyboard that plays different voices as well as laying down a bass and drum beat. Paul Richardson really knows his way around the keys. Then along came Miss Josephine Howell, singer and dancer. She did both, moving from the front of the narrow little restaurant right through the room, singing and playing to the crowd, encouraging people to get up and dance, getting the crowd involved in greeting people as they came in and waving with loud goodbyes to those leaving. Fine singing and fine jazz piano. We stayed for their entire first set and enjoyed the entertainment immensely. We made sure to tell them so when we left and had everybody wave goodbye to us. It was a fun evening. And a great birthday celebration.