Lunch at Eva’s

Left to right, Tony Dowell, Larry Souders, Leroy Kircher, Steve Dowell

Left to right, Tony Dowell, Larry Souders, Leroy Kircher, Steve Dowell

A couple of weeks ago, Dad, Larry, Leroy and I met for lunch (breakfast) at Eva’s. A complete stranger from another table volunteered, on his own initiative, to take these photos. Dad, Larry and Leroy are Phi Psi fraternity brothers from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, dating back to prehistoric times. They seem to be aging pretty well.

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Twenty-Five Years Later …

They were very happy times. Nikki and I had just returned from our trip out west the first week of September. We covered several thousand miles camping at Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We then proceeded to our next campsite at a hotel in Vegas for three days and three nights where we won a lot, lost more, but had a good time. We decided to continue to the west coast where we stayed a night in Beverly Hills, then on to Phoenix where we celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday with a few strangers that became friends for that evening. Finally, on to Albuquerque for one night and then back home to “Big D” to gear up for work following a couple weeks of well-deserved vacation. It turned out to be even more enjoyable than the previous year’s trip to Cancun.

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George Smedinghoff ~ Tribute

The news of George’s passing knocked the wind out of me.  We went to High School, College, worked, bowled, played cards, went to the gym, studied together … the list goes on and on.  I had recently been thinking about him and was intending to get in contact with him since we have been out of touch over the last few years.


Another of life’s lessons re-learned, life is way too short. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to the ones that are important to you.

Hats Off My Friend!

Steve D.