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2004- Walling Family Reunion in Spokane

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Gail, Nola and i had been emailing each other for a while and had thought about having a "Walling" family reunion of descendants of the Walling family. I got rooms for Darlene, her kids, grandkids and Milton and I. Gail made arrangements to rent a park area. 

Darlene and Misty brought Misty's kids and stayed in the Ridpath with Milton and I the first couple of nights. I had got us rooms through Priceline bidding. The Ridpath had certainly seen better days but the rooms were quite adequate, especially when you consider that they brought all these kids with them. I don't remember where Darlene's son, Chris Tasker, and his family stayed. I don't remember them staying at the same hotel with us but do remember them coming to the reunion and meeting Chris' kids for the first time, who were now in their teens. 

We stopped by Costco to pick up things to take to the reunion. For some reason, we bought some beer but apparently the Spokane park service had regulations about alcohol in their parks. I'm not even sure why we bought the beer since Milton and I don't drink it and Darlene and her kids don't drink it either. Roger doesn't drink. So now, reflecting back on this reunion, I can't remember at all why the beer was purchased in the first place. A while into the reunion, someone said something about beer and said they were going to go buy some. I pointed out that we already had some in the car, not thinking about the park rules. I think this might have caused some unnecessary stress for Gail as her name was on the park rental agreement. Thankfully, there were no problems about any of this. 

The day was very nice. Kids played "shinny-stick." There was a good turnout of cousins and family. Kathi Tarbert Storer and Deanna Tarbert came up from the Bay Area. Their Mother, Danise, was there and she is always pleasant and kind.  Alec Emerson was welcoming and pleasant to us. Kathi, Deanna and Danise were their sweet selves. April was friendly. Roger played music with the group of musicians. 

There were representatives of the Moore family that are politically very conservative like Jim Tarbert. Milton insists that he felt welcome and enjoyed the reunion but, maybe overly sensitive, I felt that some of the attendees were a bit aloof from Milton and I. Milton was the only person of color present and we are a gay couple and liberal Democrats. 

I had brought dvd's that I had made especially for this reunion that contained videos of family reunions in the 80's that can be found on this site as well. These were gifts from the heart which Clifford quickly trampled over, bristling with hostility. When I went to give him the dvd that I had made for him, he seethed through his teeth, the first, last and only political statement of the day, "I listen to Rush Limbaugh and I believe what he says." He took the dvd gift and mumbled a "thanks" and then avoided Milton and I for the rest of the day as did a few others.  

Jim Tarbert showed up for a little while with his dogs. Apparently, he didn't want to leave his dogs for very long. It was either Kathi or Deanna that told us that Jim loved his dogs more than his own children or grandchildren. He had never visited his daughters or grandchildren since he had moved back to Washington. 

At one point during the reunion, Darlene walked too close to Jim's car and the dogs visciously lunged toward her. They were confined by the car windows but they still startled Darlene. 

I had an emotional moment, talking to Patricia Hammond. Of course we are genetically connected so it should not have been a surprise that I saw some of my Mother in her eyes. I had never really spent much time in my life with Patty but I felt like we had a moment or I had a moment of feeling "connected" through our d.n.a.. I saw my Mother in her face and in her eyes and my own eyes welled up with emotion.

 

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01. Introduction

03- Dads Family

03- Photos of my Father and his family

04- My Mother's Family

04- Photos of my Mom

04- Video of my Mom

04- Walling Family Reunions

04-Audio Files of My Mom

04. Billie

04. Ole

04.1. Forbidden Dreams of Love

04.2. Flames of Forbidden Love

04.3 Mom Writing Her Life Story

05- Jim Tarbert

05. Roger

1950's Grandview to Toppenish

1957-1958 1st Grade

1958-1959- Third Grade

1959- Palouse

1961- 4th Grade- Last time I wore a dress

1962- Abilene

1963- Escondido- Early 60's

1964- Darlene Marries Chuck

1964- My Beatle Haircut

1964-The Luv Please

1965 or 1966- Steve Castle

1965- In Foster Care

1966 Living with Darlene & Chuck in Seattle

1967- Juvenile Hall

1976- I Praise Thee (poem to Stanley)

1976- My Second Lover, Stanley Dunne

1976- Paul McCartney and Wings

1976-1330 Bush Street #9J

1977- 1667 Haight Street

1977- Trip to San Diego with Mary Jo

1977-1980- Tumultuous Relationship with John Perry

1978- 525 Haight Street

1979- September- Dad is Murdered

1980's- AIDS- Death and Dying

1980- Winter- First Trip to New York

1980- Word, Sound and Power

1981- Milton- Falling in Love

1982-1993 465 Waller Street

1982-1994 Computers to MacNursing

1984- 33rd Birthday

1985- Graduation from Nursing School

1985- Trip to Hawaii (Oahu)

1988- MIdnight Caller

1989- Earthquake!

1991- Aug 10th- Mom Passes Away

1991- Black Males in Oils

1991- Crack of My Life

1993- Move to Vallejo & Our First Home

1995-1. Road Trip to Washington

1995-2. Surprise Trip to Vegas

1995-3. Grandmother Rogers & Aunts Visit Darlene's

1995-4. Amber

1998- Camping at Russian River

2000 -Thoughts about Progressive Christians

2000- Resignation from John George

2001- April- Trip to Cancun

2001- Peace and Justice

2001- September 11th

2002- April-Puerto Vallarta & Blue Bay Getaway

2002- Nov 12th- My Stepfather, George McHenry Passes Away

2003- Trip to D.C. and N.Y.

2004- Feb- Road Trip to Baha Mexico

2004- Walling Family Reunion in Spokane

2005- Christmas Poem

2005- Darlene Visit for Pride Celebration

2005- Trip to Orlando

2005-1. Europe- London

2005-2. Europe- Paris

2005-3. Europe- Venice

2005-4. Europe- Florence

2005-5. Europe- Rome

2005-6. Europe- Athens

2005-7. Knee Surgery & Tongue Biopsy

2006 Christmas Poem

2006- February 23- Times Herald

2006- Palm Springs White Party

2006- Trip to Seattle

2006-July 8th Solano Peace and Justice Coalition BBQ

2007- Feb- Carnival Destiny- Our First Cruise

2007- Tre and Casey Visit

2008- Aug 15-18 Spokane Visit

2008- Psycho Song

2009- Honored by Vallejo Gay Network

2009- Women in Oils

2010 Christmas Poem

2010- Feb. R.C. Mariner of the Seas Mexican Riviera Cruise

2010- June 24- Badlands

2010- Trip to Seattle

2010-1. Europe- Amsterdam

2010-2. Europe- Paris

2010-3. Europe- Barcelona & Sitges

2010-4. Europe- Madrid

2011-1. Feb. My Fabulous 60th Birthday Weekend

2011-2. April- L.A., Palm Springs & "The White Party"

2011-3. Poem- Girl From Medical Lake

2011-4. Old Man Dancing

2011-5. May- Misty and Alex Visit

2011-6. August- Darlene and Sean's Visit

2011-7. Alex 16-18 & Pics

2012- March- Carnival Splendor Mexican Riviera with Family

2013- Wedding

2014- Christmas Poem

2014- First Gay Cruise

2014- September Road Trip to San Diego

2015- Seasonal Affective Blues

2015- Second Gay Cruise

2015- War on Christmas poem

2015-"Badlands" and Gay Bar Etiquette

2015-September 8. Political History

2016 Do Not Speak for Gay Males

2016- April- Palm Springs RV Adventure

4/4/2016- Not Going Along to Get Along

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1967- Summer of Love- Click to read story.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
1974- On Larkin Street- Click for story.
2005 Darlene Visit for Gay Pride- Click for story.
Palouse- Click for story
Grandview- Click for story
Second Gay Cruise- Click for story.
1958-1959- 3rd Grade- Click to read story.
Cockettes & Angels of Light- Click for story
Black Men in Oils- Click to read story
My Mother- Click for more photos.
1973 "You have to be hurt..." Click to read the story.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
1982-1993 Waller Street- Click to read story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click for story.
Earthquake! Click to read story.
1964- Luv Please- Click for story.
My Dad's Family- Click for story.
Photos of Dad & His Family- Click for story.
1970's Promiscuity- Click for story.
Gay Disco 70's- Click for story
Amber- Click to read story.
Me in my 20's in 1970's- Click for story.
Darlene Marries Chuck- Click for story.
Summer of Love- Click to read story.
Women in Oils- Click for story
Me in first grade- Click for story.
5th Grade in Abilene Tx- Click for story
Beatle haircut- Click for story.
Escondido 1960's- Click for story
Click to read "Introduction."
1974- First Trip to Europe- Click to read story.
4th Grade- Click for story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click to read story.
1973- Psych Tech Program- Click for story.
Me in 3rd grade- Click for story.
The Psychedelic Experience- Click to read story.
2005- Darlene Visits for Gay Pride- Click to read story.
Forbidden Dreams of Love- Click for story.
2014- Road trip to San Diego- Click for story.
Where I was born- Click for story.