Floating a Lotus Flower at the Erawan Museum in Bangkok, Thailand

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Espy-Espey Genealogy Book

Click here for a link to a hand-drawn Espy Family Tree.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yard Sale

We had 102 people stop by.  Unfortunately, most were browsing!  A surprise, though:  When the first customers came up, as I was talking with them, I looked up, and there was a bear!  It was just down a bit, on the opposite side of the road, getting ready to scale a fence.  It did just that, and was gone.  It went through a yard, and disappeared.  I tried videoing it.  When I have time I time I will upload the footage on YouTube.  The most pleasing aspect of the sale was interacting with people.  I met a lady from Spain, a man who had once sailed around Southeast Asia, a lady who journeyed through Central America, a couple of people who knew Dothan, a lady from Birmingham, one woman who recognized me from my blogs, and then at the end a woman from a church who was trying to gather up leftover sale items for a cause.  In terms of items sold, we were very happy to get rid of the two very large maps - world map and the Pisgah National Forest map. But it was a long, hot day. My sunburn and the sheer exhaustion we felt afterwards were not worth the time, effort and bit of money we made.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

All That Matters

Kade & Nan

Have lots of touch-up to do on image two, but just wanted to go ahead and post,  Lovely smiles!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Esmer Culver Moore

Thanks to my sister for unearthing this!

In the '70s and into the early '80s, Esmer (or Esma!) was our Friday 'help.'  Back then, the term 'maid' was primarily used.  She mostly worked at my grandparents' home, but on Fridays she was at our house.  Growing up, she was a big part of our lives, and she did virtually everything.  All the kids have stories about her - fond memories.  I have been collecting a number, and I will add them here when I can.  I just remember as a child coming in from school, entering the home through the garage door, then seeing her ironing clothes. You could feel the heat from the steam, and you'd notice that subtle scent that comes from ironing.  We would walk in and say "Hey Esma!" and she would always respond in a pleasant way. We loved Esma!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Watty to Mark

I served as a Samford student council senator.  I was on a panel to hear conflicts/concerns about the student body, including some pretty steamy dorm room stories, and then vote on disciplinary actions.  - Mark

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Robert Vann

Thanks to Jim Vann III for providing these vintage high school photos of his father, Robert Vann.

Also on this team was Dewitt Barnette, my grandmother's brother.

Robert Vann (L) and Judge Beasley

talking things over with "coach"

After high school, Robert Vann played three years of football at Auburn University, on a full scholarship.  He also tried out for the basketball team, and made it.  In fact, basketball was his favorite sport.  However, the football coach wanted him to give up the idea of basketball, so he did. Later, Robert Vann suffered an injury that ended his career.  He was 6'4" and 220 lbs.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Loy Krathong!

Everybody participates in the Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand.  It's actually in November, but I wanted to go ahead and share these old photos of Kade.  In high school, she played a big part in Loy Kathrong.  Can you spot her?  When I lived in Thailand, I remember once going with Kade to release a basket together.  Loy Krathrong means "to float a basket."  Nowadays, releasing lanterns is a part of the celebration.  To learn more about the deeper meaning of Loy Kathrong, check out the videos below.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mark C. Espy, A Portrait

Mark Carroll Espy (Sr.)

Not exactly sure where I got this photo of my dad.
I would say it's from the late '60s or early '70s.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hiking in Thailand

When I was planning our hike up to the Khao Daeng (Red Mountain) viewpoint in Khao Sam Roi Yat National Park in Thailand - about fours south of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand coast - I discovered a phenomenal website with drone images of the area.  The image above is exactly where we hiked.  In fact, the limestone mountains in the foreground include Red Mountain, or may actually be all Red Mountain.  There's a trail that takes you up to the viewpoint, and if you're lucky, you can spot some monkeys.  Below you can spot Kade underneath the viewpoint sign.  I also created a short YouTube video of our time up there.  It includes a 360 degree video with a tad bit of commentary. And when you're done with it, I would highly encourage you to take a look at Alex's website. The images he has captured with his drone are truly breathtaking.

And down on the ground, between those mountains, was this temple.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

College Years

The fist couple of scans are from a trip Kade took with college friends up to Chiang Mai, the cultural capital and second largest city in Thailand.  It's located in the mountainous north.  The rest of the photos were around her university in Bangkok.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Right After University


Kade said this was shortly after graduation, when they were all out looking for jobs.  Just recently Kade had a chance to catch up with three of these friends.  I am posting these reunions on my travel blog, Ballyhoo.

Here's another from around that time