Today, reunion weekend started with a long drive. We drove all day to Kentucky and had dinner with Pam Bleuel. She returned from Iraq six weeks ago after extending her tour to 18 months. Pam and her husband Mike have three college-age daughters. In Iraq Pam and I would talk about the joys and difficulties of having college age girls, and the obvious difficulty of being 6000 miles from home.
She posted a picture of us here.
As I expected, Pam's kids are polite, funny, and delightful to be around. Pam was as tough as motorcycle racing leather in her job training soldiers for convoy security duty in Iraq. She is a math teacher in a local high school when she is not on active duty in the Army. Two of her of her former students dropped in while were at Pam's house and told funny stories of Pam scaring local kids who did not do their homework or misbehaved in class. Like most strict teachers, she has a loyal following of students who love her.
Nigel thought dinner was wonderful. Two of his favorite foods were on the menu: barbequed chicken and garlic croutons. He had thirds on chicken. He even skipped dessert for another piece of chicken.