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Decades ago my mother started a swimming party after the parade on July 24th. She invited the families of her brothers an sisters. Not all of them participated, but those who did came every year. We also invited my father's sister's family since they lived just a block away. Since we finished our backyard pool in 2020, we continued the tradition, but only with out children and grandchildren.
Since many copainies don't offer the 2th of July off work, our party now starts with dinner around 5:00 pm. This year a brief but strong thundershower hit just as we were sitting down to dinner.
We have races every year. I tell the grandchildren we race so I can see how they are progressing with their swim stroke. This year we had something different happen. After the formal races were over, the grandkids wanted to race other cousins, so the races continued on. After that my children got involved in the annual races. In the videos below Avery (daughter of Jared and Melissa) races Makenna (daughter of Kevin and Angela) race for the 9-10 yr old championship. Rob then races Jared in the "Dive and Glide Challenge" where you dive in and float to the other end. Rob just needed a little more air to win that challenge.
He had been hospitalized for several months, but was unable to recover from quadruple bypass surgery and a fight with fluid in his lungs. He and he wife Gale had lived in Lawrence Kansas for over 50 years where he worked as a research chemist doing drug development at entities associated with the University of Kansas.
His Church service included Bishop and Stake Patriarch for the Topeka Kansas Stake. He saw the church in Lawrence Kansas grow from a small branch to three wards plus the student ward at the University of Kansas. He also was an ordinance worker at the Kansas City Missouri Temple from shortly after its dedication until the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic began. It was a 140 mile round trip to and from the temple. He was still working part time as a research chemist when he fell ill. He was 83.
Reed and Sherry traveled to Lawrence Kansas for the funeral. The funest part of the day was the police motorcade from the LDS Church that John helped build, to the cemetary. Reed participated by offering the dedicatory prayer at the cemetary.
On the last day of the year we traveled into the Los Angeles basin. We had wante to go to Griffith Observatory, but it was packed with tourists from both sides of the approach to the summit of the hill that it sits on overlooking Los Angeles. We moved to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was busy but not overwhelmingly so. Rob and his family spent the day at Huntington Beach - Sun and Sand play was the only reasonable events on the beach.
It was up early to get to the Rose Parade. We had reserved seats on Colorado Boulevard when it crosses over a freeway, There were no ticket takers, but we found our seats on row three. No one showed up on row two giving us more open space. The parade was marvelous, but somehow even this parade suffered from proper pacing. Next we recharged our phones back at the car and then left on a nearby shuttle to the Rose Bowl. The stadium is 100 years old. No previsions were made for concessions inside so the only place to purchase food or drink was outside! The food was as crazy expensive as were our seats. It was a great game, but Utah came up just a bit short 45-42. The spead was 4 points so they covered that.
See Photos and Videos of the parade and the bowl game.
On January 2nd we returned all the way back home. We tried to avert the delay in Arizona by taking the old highway 91 out of Mesquite which has an on ramp just before the bridge, but the Arizona Highway patrol had it blocked, so we continued on old highway 91 in to St. George.