I must dedicate today’s blog to thank all those wonderful people who took the time to wish me a very happy birthday yesterday the 15th Jan 2017. I should mention there was some discussion over the number of candles on my cake. I believe this was caused by the building fire code, apparently too much open flame could set off the alarm at the local Fire Dept.
However, fire fighting training from my naval days quickly set in and I blew the dangerous flames out. My birthday wishes came from far and wide and were of an unusual variety. One birthday wish came from a Manchester United fan living in Germany. Another from a local highland clansman of Scotland,it was hard to determine his message because it was in a ancient Scottish Gaelic dialect?
My Gaelic is a wee bit rusty, but as best as I can tell, he is wishing birthday greetings to amazingly handsome Irishman?
My day was spent with my great friends Carl and Jan. Jan is a wonderful cook and I feasted on roast beef, yorkshire pudding, gravy and all the triming’s. this grand meal was washed down with a few glasses of a very smooth single malt. Our Russian friends Valentin and Valentina joined us making for a lovely afternoon.
However, I must make a special mention to the girls of Hillis Oil Stars fame. The name of the islander’s first ever all girl soccer team, started way back in 1975. These wonderful young girls ranged in age from 8 to 10 years old. Many today sent me greetings referring to me as an awesome coach,great coach,great man and so on. I doubt I can claim to be so worthy of such praise! I believe if even a wee part of this is true, it was only possible because of the girls themselves. They taught me much, made me laugh,made me cry, but most importantly made me the person I’m. .They are all grown women today, some married and have their own children, some coach soccer. Wherever they have ended up they are still my girls and I love each and everyone. Thank you girls you made my life that much better. Finally I big thank you to all who sent me greetings, you made my day very special.
God Bless and keep reading.