|To: AllData Employees
From: Art M
Date: August 24, 2006
Hello ALLDATA Comrades,
|To: Paul , Jane and Tom, Todd and Sandy, Tim, Sheila,
Eric, Aaron, Tracy & Rhiannon
Subject: To my family
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 08:07:42 -0700
It was a true joy to spend time with you all. My visit has left me feeling loved and knowing that I will never have to face life's challenges alone. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I feel lucky and privileged to be blessed with such a family.
George (Paul), you started out as my big brother, whom I idolized. Over the years that relationship has progressed to a treasured friendship based on love, mutual respect and common interests. Thanks for showing me some other, lesser known, aspects of WV life.
Sheila, I'm very glad to have had the chance to meet you and happily welcome a fellow hippie into the family fold.
Jane, you and I have certainly had a close but very turbulent relationship over the years, from being your pesky baby brother to the times when you disowned me for various reasons. But through it all, I have never doubted that you loved me and that, in the end, we would always be Family. I love you, sister.
Tom, I've always found you to be amusing, friendly, generous and fun to be around. It was great to see you again. Although you and Jane had a rocky start, I'm happy to see that you enjoy and have grown comfortably into one another and will provide the mutual support necessary to survive the trials of age.
Eric, it was wonderful to finally have some time to get to know you and build a link between us. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity.
Aaron, Tracy and Rhiannon, you have one of the sweetest and obviously loving family groups I have ever seen. I'm glad I had a chance to spend some time with you all. Aaron, I hope you enjoy the old sci-fi rags.
Tim, because I spent so much time with you as a baby and small child, you are the closest I will ever come to knowing the joys and trials of raising a child. We started out as buddies and I'm happy to feel that we still are and will remain so forever. I see much of your father's friendliness and sense of humor in you. It was wonderful to meet Emma, the newest member of our family, and it was especially great to ride with you.
Todd, you were so young when we last spent any time together that I barely knew you. You have certainly developed into a bright and industrious young man, as well as an excellent road captain. I'm sorry I didn't have more time to get to know Sandy. Congratulations on the new big-twin, but sorry if I caused you to increase your monthly expenses by riding the Road King. *grin*
Love to all,
Subject: a quick update
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006
Hello to all,
I'm home from a wonderful 2 week visit with my family in PA and WV, reconnecting with my siblings, establishing a new bond with my 4 nephews who were almost too young to know me when I moved away, and meeting their spouses/children for the first time. It was a very fulfilling and satisfying experience which, once again, in spite of my health problems, left me feeling very lucky indeed.
I'm going about getting all my ducks in a row for the move to Hawaii. I've scheduled a meeting with SSA in mid-September to discuss the disability situation. I've overhauled my banking options to ensure I can make the best use of my available funds for moving purposes, and to begin a just-in-case fund for my final expenses, a precaution that was long-overdue. One by one I'm identifying and solving obstacles and performing necessary arrangements. There is a lot of preparation to do, but I'm happy with the progress I'm making. (I hardly even recognize myself! :^))
Early next month I'm scheduled to have a new PET scan, followed by a set of meetings with my doctors to discuss any future treatment plans or options. So, that's all going as well as can be expected.
Strangely, I haven't yet found the time to miss going to work. Hmmm, maybe later . . . . . *grin*
I'll keep you all informed.
From: Jim W
Date: August 30, 2006
From: Tim R
Date: August 30, 2006
I'm glad to hear that you are on track with your life and plans Tom. It