Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

The Family Gathers

The flight from Amsterdam to Seattle runs around 10 hours – more or less depending on headwinds and tailwinds. Thanks to my almost-fully-flat seat, I was able to get about 6 good hours of sleep, just exactly what I needed to face immigration, customs, car rental and a drive through Seattle (four to five lanes of traffic in both directions) to a northern suburb.

It is COLD in Seattle – like the high is about one degree above freezing. It is also a damp cold that makes you shiver, and when the wind blows, it feels freezing. It is supposed to drop down below freezing tonight. I just hope it doesn’t snow again; driving can get problematic in the snow.

Grabbed a quick Pepperming Mocha (I don’t know why they don’t do these in Kuwait, but they tell me there would be no market. How do they know? Have they ever tried it?) and headed for my Mom’s. One sister, her husband, and Little Diamond were also waiting for me there, Little Diamond’s sister, Precious Diamond (sometimes called Pregnant Diamond; she is due to have a baby any minute!) and my other sister, her husband and son came by a little later, and we all had dinner together.

Mom has asked me to make a kind of photographic tribute to my Dad for the service on Saturday, so we got out all the photo albums, collections, boxes and had a lot of fun going through and remembering all the good times with Dad. I have a stack of photos from different times in his life, and will take them in to get them copied, enlarged, etc somewhere where they can do it FAST. Little Diamond will help with the graphic design and Fonts – she wrote the obituary for the paper and did a truly masterful job.

Thanks to the sleep I got on the plane, I was fairly fresh . . . well, I did fall asleep for a while after dinner, but rallied and got another couple hours of work done.

I am guessing I will get a good night’s sleep and dive in to all the work that needs to be done tomorrow. With everyone in the family taking a part, it should all work out smoothly. I found the photo of me sitting almost on top of the mountain. I will see if there is a way I can blog it.

December 28, 2006 - Posted by | Blogging, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, Kuwait, Relationships, Travel, Weather


  1. glad to hear you got there safely. and definately be careful of the ice on the roads even if it doesnt snow.

    i’ve really got no idea why my comments are going to junk, but as i said it seems to be a wordpress thing. nevermind tho, if i realy have something profound to say i’ll mail you from now on 😛

    Comment by skunky | December 28, 2006 | Reply

  2. hmm you mean you want to blog the mountain?

    Comment by Purgatory72 | December 28, 2006 | Reply

  3. Purg, It was shorthand for getting a tiny photo enlarged, scanned, saved to CD or flash drive, uploaded to my computer, entered in the blog.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2006 | Reply

  4. Yeah but what about the mountain?

    Comment by Purgatory | December 29, 2006 | Reply

  5. You’ll see!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2006 | Reply

  6. It’s so nice how you’re all keeping yourselves busy together and dividing work for a common purpose. I really like the American idea of a tribute and how it revolves around reminiscing about good memories with the person who was loved and lost. I think that any person who passes on would rather have his or her family be happy when he or she is remembered.

    You are sounding strong and like you’re hanging in there. I am proud of you. God bless you and your family. I am sure the service will be just beautiful inshalla 🙂

    Comment by 1001Nights | December 29, 2006 | Reply

  7. It is cold but not freezing here today. The memorial boards turned out great, thanks to Kinko – and the resolution of very old black and white photos. Tiny little photos blew up to several times their original size still crisp looking – Amazing. Son and bride arrived late late last night – we are all gathered.


    Comment by intlxpatr | December 30, 2006 | Reply

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