Saturday, March 30, 2013

Carl, this one's for you...

Birthday Dinner with my new cricket bat
Years ago, Carl and Gloria Howard and their family were in our ward (church congregation).  Carl was a big man (literally).  He was about 5' 10" or so and weighed about 350 lbs, but I think it was all muscle.  From his actions I could tell Carl loved his family and family history.  It was not uncommon to see him every Sunday in the Family History room doing research on his ancestors.  What I didn't know was his love for cycling, until one day while out riding, Bryan and I caught up with him.  It was a sight to see Carl on his road bike riding on the skinnest tires available (19mm).  He was riding alone, so we rode with him for a ways.  As we were talking, I asked him about his cycling and he said he was riding his age that day.  Carl was about 52 at the time and I was really impressed (I think Bryan and I were out for our regular 25-30 miles).  I rode with Carl several other times that year.  With his big frame, I would easily pass him riding up hills, and he would zoom pass me on the downhills (amazing what mass does).  Carl passed away quite some time ago, but I have never forgot his goal of riding his age on his birthday.  So today, on my 60th birthday, I got up early, hopped on my stationary bike and rode 60km before our 9 am meeting at the church (that's like forever on a stationary bike. I'll have to wait until next year when I can get on a real bike to do the miles).   

Now you might ask, "what does this have to do with India"  Nothing, it's just the ramblings of a "middle-aged" missionary thinking about good times many years ago.  Carl, thanks for the memories...


  1. Thanks for helping me remember Carl. He cycled to Austin TX at least once that I know of. Oh my! Love reading your blog. Thanks for keeping it going. Love ya'll, Debora H.

  2. And happy birthday!!!!! Debora

  3. Thanks for helping me remember Carl. Brings back old Klein ward memories. Keep on blogging and Happy Birthday!
    -Matthew Haws