Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hong Kong Seafood Dinner

Still catching up on postings.

We went to a team dinner one night. An incredible array of seafood.

The restaurant was in a neighborhood called Sai Kung.

Fish in tanks at Chuen Kee seafood in Hong Kong

As with most places in Asia the seafood is really fresh - alive before you pick it out.

The animal on the bottom to the left of the green bottles is geoduck. I had never heard of these but they are from the Pacific Northwest.  Geoduck

You make your choice and they net it out of the tank and send it to the kitchen.

crabs at Chuen Kee seafood in Hong Kong

It was crab season in China.

They ladies in white shirts consult about what you want, whats good, etc.

Your choices are gathered up in baskets and bags.

I guess you can tell something about the freshness of that giant prawn by the insides. Either that or it is cut in half so you can have a smaller portion.

A shot of the tanks.

Here a colleague is pouring bai jiu or white liquor. It is very popular in China.

The prepared dishes were nicely presented.

A group shot of the team and spouses.

Chuen Kee seafood in Hong Kong

The outside of the restaurant.

Here are links to the other Hong Kong posts.
Bird Park and Flower Market
Hong Kong at Night
Hong Kong Sightseeing

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Scenes from Dad's Life

Picture of Howard Halsell (Hal) Savage

I thought I'd post these for all who were unable to attend the service last Wednesday.

These are the photos used on a video during the visitation.

Please help me by correcting dates, locations or events.


Marriage - 1952

Glastonbury, CT

McAlester, OK


About 1985 in Avon, NY

About 1988.

Mid-eighties location unknown.

About 1980 in McAlester, Ok

Dana and Mary Frances' wedding in about 1988.

About 1993.

About 1994.


About 2000 - in Egypt.

About 2000 - in Egypt.

About 1995 at St Simon's Island, GA

2009 in Overland Park, KS

Tom and Misheil's wedding in May, 2012 in St. Charles, MO.

About 2010 in Ft. Worth, TX

79.5 year birthday celebration at Rocky Branch, AR in 2011

79.5 year birthday celebration at Rocky Branch, AR in 2011

Mike's graduation in 2010 in Morgantown, WV

Christmas 2010 in Bentonville, AR.

Christmas 2010 in Bentonville, AR.

Christmas 2010 in Kansas City, KS.

Tom and Misheil's wedding in May, 2012.

Here is a link to pictures from the visitation and reception.

A Celebration of Dad's Life

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Celebration of the Life of Hal Savage

Howard H. (Hal) Savage

We held a service for my Dad on Wednesday morning.

A beautiful service.

Here are a few pictures without a lot of commentary. The obituary is at the bottom of the posting.

Visitation was held before the service in the narthex.

The following are a selection of photos of the many people who came to offer condolences and to celebrate Dad's life. Reflecting on the several hundred people who attended on the day before Thanksgiving made me realize that I didn't fully appreciate the impact Dad had on so many people in the community of Rogers, Arkansas. The testimonials and just plain old conversations made me realize that living so far away from my parents means that I have only an incomplete picture of my parent's lives. I see just the family side and not the bigger picture.  I've resolved to stay better connected with Mom.

Click to enlarge.

Howard H. Savage

Howard H. "Hal" Savage, 80, of Rogers died Nov. 18, 2012. He was born Jan. 26, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas, to the late M.T. and Myra (Struble) Savage of McAlester, Okla., where he grew up.

Hal graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1953, with a degree in chemical engineering. Hal was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Pine Bluff Arsenal during the Korean conflict.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Nancy (Puryear) Savage; one son, Thomas H. Savage and his wife, Margot, of Beijing, China; two daughters, Theresa K. Brue and her husband, Gregory, of Gurnee, Ill., and Susan M. Inich and her husband, Robert, of Kansas City, Kan.; one sister, Janet S. Daniel and her husband, Charles, of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Thomas E. Savage (Misheil), Lauren S. Bloss (Michael), Michael E. Savage, Jason H. Brue (Stacy), David G. Brue, Alyssa M. Wall and Melanie K. Wall; as well as three great-grandchildren.

Hal worked for Union Carbide/First Brands for 39 years in Texas City, Texas, Ottawa, Ill., Rogers, Ark., and East Hartford, Conn. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rogers, where he served in numerous capacities over the years. He was a member of the Rogers Noon Rotary Club, where he held the position of secretary for nearly 20 years. Hal also held a seat on the Rogers Public Library Board, the Prairie Creek Property Owners Association Board and he was also a volunteer for Tax Aide.

Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Rogers at 11 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2012, with a visitation at 10 a.m. preceding the service.

Online condolences to:

Memorials can be directed to either the First Presbyterian Church of Rogers, 1901 S. 26th Street; or the Rotary Foundation at 14280 Collection Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693, or