Why Me? Why Write? Why Now? Why Not?

The Me is Doug Curran…Douglas M Curran…Douglas Metcalf Curran. Douglas is Celtic for “dweller by the dark stream”. Curran in Gaelic means “little spear”. And Metcalf? Scottish for “I met a calf”? Hey I don’t know! I don't have all the answers. I'm still trying to get the questions right. At least I seem to be a spear fisher by some dirty water. Or maybe I'm a Druid. And that Curran thing may not even be as Irish as my Irish American wife, Colleen Fitzsimmons, hoped it was when she married me. Ok, I might be a Viking. It's like this. I was reading this book, The Lion Of Ireland, see, and the author, Morgan Llewellyn, recounts a last battle between Brian Boru and the Viking invader king, to regain Irish dominance again throughout the island and kick the fureners out. The Viking king's name? Olaf Cuaran? Cuaran? Curran? I'm a Viking now, so I am? And a descendent of one of those marauding and murderous pillagers and plunderers? I've never pillaged a thing in my life...well, maybe a book or two from somebody. I'm really just a gentle giant who loves books and music. Ok, I bought a sword recently, but only as a wall decoration to enhance my Irish family history coat of arms! Honest! Viking, Schmiking, so rest my Irish soul! Or my wife will have my old bald Irish head!

July 15, 2009

Sorry, still basking, still basking...

Yeah, haven't posted in a few days because that 40th anniversary program our kids put on for us went so well, have had to bask for a while amid handling all the letters and emails of adulation and congrats! It was a fun program, full of surprises from the getgo, including an appearance from Colleen's two sisters Kathleen and Eileen from out of town; visits from Serge,wife Peggy, and Jan Benson( I recently had a post about the untimely death of his wife Laura) from Logan and Russ Marriott and wife Dava from SLC, the guys being dear friends that predate Colleen and go back to my teenhood in Maryland; Gordon Ridd and wife Susan from Orem, my old Mormon Melodaire singing comp in Brazil; the Bob Roses from Bountiful and DC daze; our old standbys, Taylor and Kathy Macdonald and kids; and many friends of the kids, friends from Hawaii and our LDS ward and surrounding areas! What a treat to have great Hawaii cakes made by the mother of one of Caiti's best friends, a good Samoan lady who is an artiste when it comes to guava, passion fruit and coconut pastries to go with our Aloha theme! Thanks to James "Kimo" Tucker and Darlene Hawea for their Polynesian touch with the food and cleanup too. The show was so great, such talented children we have, and has been uploaded to Conn's Facebook and will soon be on YouTube we hope. Missed a lot of our ward friends who we thought would be there, but had a nice crowd that really enjoyed it. After seeing the video of us singing one number however, we have a new motivation to start a weight loss program like no other. 41 years needs to show a marked difference in appearance and health, starting... tomorrow...


  1. Not sure if I should mention this–I wouldn't want to discourage any healthy new habits, but that video Conn uploaded had a distorted aspect ratio which made everyone look shorter and wider. I'll get ahold of the video and post a corrected version soon.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. We all enjoyed doing it, and were pleasantly surprised by how well it came together.

  2. Agreed! I'm actually surprised we pulled it off. It was so fun, and things went perfectly! I'm grateful to have such an amazing family with such incredible talents.