Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mikey- it's pretty much all your fault

Today is my Uncle Michael's birthday. Uncle Michael is on my mother's side of the family. He is the brother of my mother and my Aunt Sue- whom I'm living with in Juneau. Tonight we Skyped with Michael, my beautiful Grandma Helen, and my parents who are visiting them in southern California for the week.

I could argue that without Michael's decisions in the 1970s, I wouldn't be here in Juneau today.

This subject probably needs a whole other post with a lot more detail than I currently know, but what I do know is Michael moved to Juneau in the 1970s, convinced Sue to follow suit a few years later, and 30 years later... here I am- following in their footsteps. Michael has wised up and now spends most of his time between San Diego and the beach in Baja California instead of enduring the Juneau "snain" (that's the crappy half snow/half rain that's been falling from the sky for the past 4 days). He still knows many folks here in Juneau- he and Sue were reminiscing tonight about a fellow lawyer who suddenly passed away a few weeks ago.

I'll interrogate Sue for more family history to understand better the circumstances surrounding their migrations north from California all those years ago sometime, but until then, Happy Birthday, Michael. Thanks for nothing.

Alaska-California Happy Birthday Song

Me and Mikey on Mount Roberts in Juneau 2008

Uncle Mikey overlooking the Gastineau Channel and Douglas 2008

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