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Volume X, No. 1

2001 Christmas Issue

Page 4

Bartlett's 0.83 pitcher

Packed for Germany

Boys are singing the Blues...

Melanie, Bjorn and Tracy

Brett Has a Year of New Adventures

Well, I've had a pretty exciting year with a lot of interesting things to talk about.  I'll try to fit as much as I can in this letter. I'll start with my last baseball season at Bartlett.  During the winter we had practices inside a warehouse on Elmendorf.  This was really good because my team got work on all kinds of stuff in the off season.  My pitching was my biggest improvement.  I got to work with the popular Anchorage Pilots pitching coach,  Lefty Van Brunt.  He taught me a lot of new tricks for the upcoming season.  For spring break my team went to LA for a tournament. We did ok and came out even.  For the high school season we were 5-5.  Three players on my team won awards.  My good friend, Nick Thomas, won first team shortstop and shared the gold glove award.  I won the first team pitcher award  with a 0.83 era  (Earned Run Average).

After the season I had graduation. The ceremony was (zzzzzz...) nice.  I was so glad to have high school over with.

Next was my exciting trip to Germany.  My two friends, Shawn and Matt, and I were looking forward to this trip for a long time.  We went to a city called Leverkusen which is famous for their soccer team over there.  We were about 30 minutes from Cologne to give you an idea of where we stayed.  During my visit I went to cities like Bonn, Aachen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Koblenz, Cologne and others.  I had so much fun there I hope to plan another trip to Germany.  Grandma Barbara should come with me since she will miss me so much!  I got to see lots of castles and learn about the culture. Shawn and I made a trip to Casa Blanca for a nice 9 days at the beach.

After about two months at home (during which my American Legion baseball team took second in state), I had to leave again for college.  I am attending Eastern Washington university in Cheney, Washington which is about 15 minutes outside of Spokane.  I met a lot of new people and had to get used to this new environment.  But, don't worry cause I tore it up in the classroom because I'm a genius.  I'm getting along pretty good down here. 

I live close to Bj which is cool except I have to help him with his schoolwork because he's a little slow. But, anyways, this was my year and I'll be home from December 20th to Jan 5th.  So, if you want to visit contact my secretaries (Jane or Steve) and I'll get back to you.  I  hope to see you all during the holidays.

I'm out, Brett

Bjorn Fights Fires and Finds a Friend

For the summer I worked for the forest service fighting fire in the Northwest.  I was working in the supply warehouse in Coeur d'Alene.  My tasks included stocking, shipping and refurbishing equipment and numerous of other things to supply the people who were actually fighting the fires.  It was really nice because I was able to see a lot of the countryside and witness some of the fires nearby.  The only tough part about it was working 17-19hr shifts for a straight month, and that wasn't anything tough compared to last year when the fires were bad.  They want me back for the summer and to send me to fire fighting school.  I'm thinking it might be a nice thing to have for future references.  

On my down time, my girlfriend Korrine and I did a lot of fishing and road trips which was just a perfect time for relaxing.  But what was even more perfect than that came during the fall semester when "The Freshman Brett," came to Eastern Washington, which is only 40 miles away.  I would pick him up for the weekend and he would do the dishes, laundry (even the real smelly clothes!), vacuum and make dinner.  It was really hard to drive him back when he was done with the chores.  

I hope everyone has a good Christmas and take care.