Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/25/17
3 Bombers sent stuff and heard about Bomber deaths 
David DOUGLAS ('62)
David RIVERS ('65)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna CASE ('55)

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>>From: David DOUGLAS ('62)

The monsoon season has arrived in the Valley of the Sun. The
third storm in a week passed through as I was trying to take
my evening swim in the pool. The last time I went swimming in
it I only stayed in five minutes due to the storm. Tonight was
almost as bad, but I stuck it out as I needed the exercise.
Weather was fine all day - high clouds but over 100. As 
soon as I got in the pool it began to thunder, rumbling
continuously like a flock of jets flying over, although I
didn't see any lightning. My wife doesn't like me swimming
when there's lightning, but as a data analyst I figure the
chances of being electrocuted by a bolt of lighting while
swimming is extremely slim, unless it's one of those divine
bolts, which is certainly possible. The rain pelting down was
cold. I had to put on my youngest grandson's goggles to see -
his head is a couple inches smaller than mine, so it was quite
a stretch. The wind blew leaves into the pool. I tried to fish
them out with the net, but there was more wind than me, so I
finally gave that up. I swam for an hour, and when I got out I
found my towel was wetter than I was.

The first monsoon we experienced when we moved into this house
in August 2012 threatened to flood the house. Fortunately, it
began to drain into the pool before it came up to the back
door threshold. The City of Mesa offers free sandbags to
residents. I may get some someday.

I wish the rain had come a little sooner, like before my
backyard plants and grass began to die. Friday afternoon I
tested the irrigation controls and found out my back yard
irrigation system wasn't working. I checked all the circuit
beakers, but none were tripped. It took all day Saturday to
try to trace the wiring and determine which circuit breaker
fed the irrigation control - by process of elimination I
decided it was same circuit the pool light was on. I turned
off the circuit breaker and backtracked from the irrigation
control but couldn't find anything wrong. I finally turned the
circuit breaker back on, and - everything worked. I still
don't know what was wrong, unless the circuit breaker tripped
without the lever moving. It may have reset when I turned the
breaker back on. I know one of the plants in the yard is
completely dead, but I'm hoping the rest will revive.

The weeds survived the drought fine.
-David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ   
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: It

was a day like all days and I was there! So a simple job...
some screws came lose in the spa and I just needed to put on 
a swimming suit and stick my head in the water and fix it...
simple enough... now as a kid I remember diving down and
picking up coins in the bottom of the big pool... no biggie...
well, down I went and couldn't even kinda make out the holes
for the screws... half hour later I decided to run to Wally-
World, pick up some cheap goggles and be done inna flash..I
mean it's still summer... well well well... I won't say that
Wally-World had started stocking Christmas stuff yet, but
summer is over in the retail world and finding goggles was not
that simple... instead of a cheapy set of goggles I had to get
a snorkel set... luckily I found one without flippers... 
back home, down I went and job finished in two minutes... 
arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... well 'nuff 'bout me... HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
Denny JOHNSON, ('62wb-RIP) on your special day, July 25, 2017

-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: "Blackie Sullivan" written by Chuck JERMAN ('66)

Chuck has written and published a book called "Blackie
Sullivan" which took him many years. It is now available on
Amazon for $33.95 in hardcover, $14.99 paperback and $3.99

In this fiction tale inspired by a true story, a young Cayuse
Indian sets out on an unforgettable quest to find his place in
a world rampant with greed and oppression.

Congratulations, Chuck!

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very hot Richland 
      where temperatures will be in the 100s for the next 
      few weeks   
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NEW ~ I'm gonna tell you as soon as I hear from now on.
Heard about Bomber deaths this month (so far):

Gene CONLEY ('48c) ~ 11/10/30 - 7/4/17
Barb CRAWFORD Marsh ('55c) ~ 7/24/37 - 6/2/17
Glenda MOYERS ('63c) ~ 10/20/45 - 7/8/17
Mary Ruth HARVEY ('64wb) ~ 7/23/46 - 7/11/17
Ann COWAN ('65c) ~ 8/12/47 - 7/12/17
Ted DAVENPORT ('65c) ~ 10/8/47 - 7/18/17
Monty FRANKLIN ('63c) ~ 3/24/45 - 4/20/14
Gary ELLINGSON ('68c) ~ 9/27/50 - 7/17/17
Barb HOWE Gubens ('63c) ~ **/**/**- - 6/10/17

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