We are finally
finishing up loose ends from 2004, as we recover from the last New Year’s Eve
party at our house in Golden Valley. We
shared the house with son Mike and 60 of his closest friends at a Masquerade
Ball that was an event to remember – but we are getting ahead of ourselves.
Last New Year’s Eve in Golden Valley?
What is that about? Read on
for the details as we take you through the last year or so.
Elizabeth, Mike, Karen, Pat, and Dave attend friend Molly’s wedding in June of
2003. We have also enjoyed the
moving wedding of John Borchert and Amy Melquist in August of 2003 as well as
the beautiful Science Museum wedding of Paul Heinecke to Kit Shelton in July of
2004, and again, as spectators at a pirate wedding in August, 2004 (see
with her Nor’Wester group, after returning from a 28 day backpacking trip
in July 2003 through the Bitterroot mountains.
They bushwhacked over ridges and rearranged routes to avoid wildfires on
this challenging and memorable trip. They
also managed to find time to all knit hats.
it snows somewhere in the Midwest (just not in Minnesota).
Dave and Pat took a break from a fun murder mystery weekend, “Death by
Chocolate”, around Valentine’s Day, 2004, at sister Dianne’s Cherry Hills
lodge. We dusted off the cross
country skis, gliding through the forest and along
the shore of Lake Michigan, enjoying the bright blue wintery day.
visited Jane twice during her winter escape to San Diego in spring of 2004.
On an outing to the Quail Botanical Gardens, Jane
enjoyed a walk through tropical flowers.
now owns a complete set of decorations to make her life interesting all year.
Here, we see her decorated
for Easter, and appropriately nestled into a box of Easter basket grass.
a year of many milestones for Karen as she made her transition from high school
to college. Karen
was pretty as a picture for Prom.
creative problem solving team (Destination Imagination) ended their career with
a bang. They were awarded the
award for their creative solution (see next description).
Team in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they competed with their Picasso-style
Easter Island heads, their vehicle with square wheels, and a plot that
alluded to the demise of a society. One of those heads still graces the entry to
our house, joining other props from previous years distributed around the house
as part of the décor.
graduated from Hopkins High School on a fine evening in June, in the company
of her proud parents.
everyone at Borchert and Associates is as hard-working as Dave – here we see an
associate napping at his desk.
advantage of a coincidence: For a variety of reasons, most members of the
Borchert family were traveling to Europe in June so we scheduled a week-long
stay in the old Ferry House on the Isle of Mull in the inner Hebrides off the
west coast of Scotland.
were everywhere! In this
picture, Dave is on a hike in the Lakes District. Later in the trip, Karen and
Katharina could often be found cooing over the sheep of Mull.
o Before getting to Mull, Dave and Pat toured and hiked the Highlands. We enjoyed spectacular views such as this one, along with an exhilarating sampling of the range of Scottish weather.
our Scottish guide, pointed
across the Firth of Lorn towards the peak of Ben Nevis on the Scottish
mainland. Karen and Nate met
Kendoll in an Edinburgh store and due to Dave’s birthday celebration, he
joined us for the duration of the trip.
A day at
sea yielded two tasty Mackerel caught by Pat, whale sightings, and excursions
into storied coves narrated by our local skipper from Iona. Here
we see the whole crew: Elizabeth,
Mike, Katharina, Tom, Dave, Pat, Karen and Nate.
If you want a version big enough to identify the faces, point your web
browser to http://www.borchert.com/2004.htm.
o We spent a fine afternoon on a “beach walk” along the South Coast of Mull. The scenery was beautiful but the trail was a difficult scramble over skree and jagged rock along the base of high sea cliff. As Mike and Tom discovered, the path was tough enough to kill a mountain goat.
house for the week was on remote Grass Point, on the shores of the Firth of
Lorn, where we sighted seals, otters, birds, and birdwatchers.
to complete her dissertation in 2005, Pat started her national search for a
position as an Assistant Professor in management. Knowing we would be moving “soon”, we began the process
of cleaning and updating the house and yard.
Removal of the old garden took away the old pet cemetery.
A last photo
of the headstones commemorates five fine dwarf Siberian hamsters.
Hopefully they won’t now haunt the house with the squeak of hamster
Katharina, Tom, Mike, Pat, and Dave attended Yishan
and Kimberly Algeri-Wong’s pirate
wedding in Las Vegas. Arrrg we
having fun yet? Indeed, we arrrg. Tom will have less time to do such things in the future, as
he now splits his time between his job at Community Viz and pursuing a MS in
Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
moved into her dorm room at Carleton College, in beautiful Nourse Hall.
Quoting from her first email to Pat, “I love college, I really do. I’ve come
home. I still love you and the rest
of the family, don’t worry.”
stood in a replica Sound of Music
Gazebo as we visited Karen in Northfield to watch the one-act plays she
stage-managed. Karen works for the
theater department, giving her an opportunity to continue spending time on a
loved activity. Also, this way, she
avoids the dreaded food service campus jobs.
reached another milestone - her 18th birthday, complete with a
chocolate amaretto ice cream cake, surrounded by friends and family.
temporarily lost the use of the ping pong table as it was turned into the staging
area for a “server farm”, hosting the video game being developed by
Mike’s fledgling company, Areté Studios.
Mike and Elizabeth made a few transitions this year.
They moved in with us temporarily so that Elizabeth would have a shorter
commute as she started a PhD program in Psychology.
Then, three months later, married student housing unexpectedly became
available, so they moved again. Now
they live in St. Paul, but the server farm still lives here.
this year included members of our extended family – Rich Olsen
(Elizabeth’s dad) and Carl Sand (Pat’s dad).
We welcome the chance to include many people in our feasts – always let
us know if you are “in town” – we would love to see all of you.
not least, there is a picture of Duluth,
downloaded from the University of Minnesota, Duluth web page. While intrigued
with the idea of moving west (Pat interviewed in California and was invited to
interview in January in Utah and Oregon), we were thrilled when Pat was offered
a position in the Management department of the UMD business school, starting
next fall. We plan to move to
Duluth during the summer of 2005. But,
wait. That’s next year’s story.
Through all the ongoing changes in our lives we hang on to those things
we consider dear. Most
precious to us are our family and friends. We are looking forward to 2005, as we forge ahead, adapting to the
shifts in all our lives.
Peace and Love,