Those Parties
~ Party Time ~

~ Some of the Fun Times in My Rec Room in St. Joseph ~

A lot of fun times in my Saint Joseph house

Here are just a few of them...

What'll ya have?

I kept adding to my bar stock, looks like about this time I had everything anyone wanted...

A lot of times the guys at IBM would stop in after work...

John, on the left and Gerry on the right, were sent to us from the Typewriter plant in Lexington Kentucky to train as field technicians

Bill, in the center was my partner in the Saint Joseph office for 30 years...

John calling the wife...

Honey, I'll be right there, I stopped off for a minute at Don's...

This kid didn't look like he was even 21.. Much less an IBM Customer Engineer

Well, he didn't make it, one of the few that I knew that was fired for incompetance...

Even the boss liked to stop over and have a few, and his wife liked a few more...

Most of our Field Managers lived in Kansas City and only came up now and then... This one actually lived in St. Joseph and commuted to the rest of his Group in Kansas City...

Calling the wife...

Honey, come on over to Don's... We're having another party...

Someone might need help on something and they would send a guy up who might have more experience...

And would stop over before heading back... Sometimes stay for dinner...

Hate to admit now that I can't remember some of their names.. I remember their character though...

Whether they were a help or a hindrance...

Then an Election party... When was this? 1968?

Yeah, we were all stocked up for an evening of vote counting but the results were in before the party even got into full swing...

Another IBM worker, Mike.. He came over without his wife, she wasn't much for partying...

Whatcha drinkin Mike? Were we serving champagne too?

Well yeah, looks like it... And who were these people?, friends of someone... Not IBM people...

And John didn't bring his wife either but he brought his kid...

Come to think of it, wonder why Bill and Betty missed this one?, They were most always present...

OK Dad, enough of this silly stuff... let's go home...

Well, Bill and Betty made all the Birthday parties, this time she brought the cake...

And Bill brought me a bottle of McCormick Gold bourbon, distilled right down the road at Weston, Missouri...

And I see a few gifts of Yellowstone bourbon on the back bar, my standard at the time...

Oh yes.. I ~ WAS ~ 29 at the time.. (all of that and a few more)...

I probably could have put 30 some candles on that one then... But now I only have room for numbers like this...

I can't get away with 29 anymore, have to revise it up to about 49...

Hokay Greengo... Heer ees thee way to drinking the Tequila...

First you are to chug the Tequila, si?

And segundo, preparo for the lima, es verdad!

Entonces (then) lima en su boca... Bueno!

Next the salt, who got the salt?

Well then, I was taking an adult Spanish class at Missouri Western State College...

When we finished we had a little party at my place... The profesor there on the right and a few fellow students...

And the guy on the left, a student, brought a couple visitors he had from Mexico... very fluent in English and also muy agradable... (very friendly)...

And Enrique had to do a cha cha or whatever for us...

Oh, is this guy back? This time with his lady friend...

I didn't like to see him leave the company, he was a nice guy...

And they did bring their wives... This couple was from New York and we got a lot of criticism from them about our backward Missouri ways...

But they were a lot of fun...

This guy did LOVE a Bloody Mary... And he could chug them faster than I could mix then, and it never seemed to faze him...

Wifey was more moderate, maybe one to his four...

And more wives, John's was here this time in the back, then Bill's Betty and Gerry's in the foreground...

And they brought their kids, Here Gerry's daughter...

And two of Bill's sons, Steve and Rob...

Nope, that's a special kiddy coctail for Rob...

And would you believe that Steve is now a Neuro Surgeon of repute in Saint Joseph... And last I heard, Rob was working for IBM...

But it's getting late... soooo...

~ OK The party is Over... What Next? ~

~ Now This is Like My Place on January 11 ~ My Birthday ~




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