Year 26 saw all of the kids (now young adults) doing their thing. Spencer was going strong in his post-high school program and building up medals in the Special Olympics. He continued to participate in the Northern California Summer Games held in Davis, CA - @ the UC Davis campus. And, every year - right on cue it was 103 - 106 degrees for their events. “Yeah, but its dry heat”.
Olivia was taking on social chairman and event planning roles at her sorority at UW. Thoughts of Michigan State were coming back into view - only toga parties were the rage at the time - thanks to Animal House. Seattle and her Washington friends were really jelling and it was fun to see her in her element.
Emma had fallen in love with her Italian art history class and made a decision to pursue Art History over nursing/biology track. Something about Organic Chemistry that can set a person straight! She spent her winter semester in Florence, with side trips to museums and art galleries in Rome, Paris, London, Vienna and several neighboring cities. She was beginning to realize her affinity for art and painting developed in her high school years.
Deb and I were reading Dan Brown novels to keep pace! Deb went over to join up with Emma in Paris, Florence and Venice. Can’t keep a traveler from finding a way to travel!
2013 was an interesting year work wise for me. I was working with a great team at Aha Radio (a part of Harman) and we were building out the early phases of the connected car. We had launched the first ever interactive audio ad in the car with Quiznos. It used the exact location of the car timed with an audio promotion based on the direction you were heading - that guided you to the nearest Quiznos. Always a great feeling to launch something that has never been done before. Sadly, we were about 5 years too early. That is just now becoming a wider reality as more connected cars enter the market.