Most importantly, Dad is doing SO MUCH BETTER. He is probably 99% back to normal, if he could ever have been considered "normal" to begin with(I'm a bad influence on him). After the five small strokes he had while in the hospital last year(almost exactly, he was taken to the Emergency room that first night on 3-15. "Beware the Ides of March") he still has a little trouble with his math skills, and sometimes doesn't think to mention details that would have been compulsory for him before. But other than that he is great and we couldn't be happier, he is driving again and back to work at Intel full-time. I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating: thank you so much to everyone who visited him(Bobbie Jo especially, it meant alot to both of us. The first time you stopped by and he said your name, wow, I dont even think he'd said MY name by that point, I know he said "Derf's" name before mine, which made Fred feel really good.) and to everyone who signed his Carring Bridge site, Amber especially this time. You signed it at least twice that I know of and got your whole church praying for him, I know it helped, and I am eternally grateful for it. For Christmas this year my awesome brother, who found and started the Carring Bridge site, found another site that let him take everything from the Carring Bridge(the bio, the pictures, the journal entries, and the hundreds of comments) and turned it all into a hard-cover book that Dad can keep. When he opened it Dad was speechless and Ma cried for a solid half-hour. Dad spent the rest of the night reading every coment, from cover-to-cover. Thank you all again.
In late November I FINALLY got out of the chicken plant and got a job at a glass factory in Kalama, Cameron Family Glass, making wine bottles. It's awesome! I make twice what I did at Foster(hence the high speed internet), the benefits are better, everyone(even those not born in America) speaks fluent English, and management actually appreciates and THANKS YOU for a job well done. Hell, I'm even on a first-name basis with the owner of the company AND his dog!(a Sheepdog that has his own hardhat and safety vest to allow him total access to the plant, lol) The only bad news is that a little after Christmas the glass melter(the world's largest eco-friendly electric melter BTW) had a breach and we had to shut down. It's not too bad though, the owner kept all our medical going while we were out of work and even let us come in two or three days a week to clean and do odd-jobs. Which helps me alot, my unemployment goes off Foster, so two 12hr days at $16/hr is more than I'd get from unemployment anyway. Tomorrow we actully have a meeting to see how the repairs are progressing and when we get to go back to work full-time, which should be next week some time, last I heard.
Well, that's about it, hopefully I'll see ya'll around, later!