S: JUKKA'S BIRTHDAY BOOK - 2012
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FC: JUKKA 60 years in the making
1: Remember, you may have to grow old, but you don't have to mature. -Red Green
2: SATU | Happy Birthday! You are super and always in my thoughts! (T, E ja P)
5: FAVORITE MEMORY There are many of them. This one came to mind first. I was a child, and you had come to Finland for a visit. I was allowed to sit in the front seat in the car on our way to Laajasalo. We made a deal, that if a police car stops us we would simply tell the officer the following: This is such an important event taking place here since we have a chance to spend time together that despite her age, Satu is allowed on the front seat just this once.
6: WHAT I ADMIRE MOST I have alway been extremely proud of you. I admire your attitude toward life, your youthfulness and your efforts in using your expertise for the benefit of others. Additionally, it has always been nice to wait for your call on Sundays :-) LESSON LEARNED I think it has something to do with the Man's Prayer. MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU Stay as young as you are! You are a cool guy!!
7: The Man’s Prayer I'm a man But I can change If I have to, I guess.
9: SAKU | Happy Birthday! Be reminded, that there are still many more to come.
10: FAVORITE MEMORY All the times we did something together. WHAT I ADMIRE MOST The different levels of your personality.
11: LESSONS LEARNED Most of all, the value of hard work. MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU May the joy you’ve brought about in peoples' lives be returned to you this day.
12: NORA | Happy Birthday! I hope it's an excellent one!
15: FAVORITE MEMORY We went to the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra to listen to them play Carmen, but instead of a violinist the solo was played by a bassist from Korea. I was completely transfixed for the entire performance. Then we went out to eat together, and you taught me the best way to order a steak. WHAT I ADMIRE MOST You have a lot of integrity in your work, and you work hard. You also devote your work and time not just to your job, but for making other people's lives better.
17: LESSONS LEARNED How to properly do the chicken dance. Also, that people have many, many different ways of showing caring, and that it's important to understand the way in which other people show and understand caring so they can understand your care. MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU I hope you have a very excellent birthday filled with delicious cake and hopefully party hats! Your birthday is the one day where no one can give you crap, so if you want to mow the lawn dressed as Darth Vader, there is no one who can tell you otherwise.
18: KATI | Happy Birthday, Jukka!
21: FAVORITE MEMORY When I was little I would always go for rides with you in the car for no particular reason. One time it was just to the little convenience store in Kauklahti. It was late at night and I remember trailing behind you through the store while you shopped. When you finished paying, you turned around and handed me an ice cream bar, which was a rare and unexpected treat. As I took it from you, you looked me in the eyes and said, "Don't tell your sisters." For years, that story charmed parents who came into Coldstone to treat one of their children, and to this day I've never told any of my siblings. Until now, I guess.
22: WHAT I ADMIRE MOST What I admire most about you is your can-do attitude. If you want to do something or want something done, you figure out how to make it happen. LESSONS LEARNED You've taught me to do things for myself, and that pretty much anything is attainable if you try.
23: MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU I hope you never second guess yourself and your value to those around you. You are my inspiration and hero, and I wish you a happy birthday.
24: HANNA | Happy Birthday, Jukka! I hope you have a fantastic day with fantastic people.
27: FAVORITE MEMORY One year during the winter, Kati, Nora and I all laid down beneath the trees on the snow. You shook the trees so the snow would fall down on us like it was snowing. That's my favorite memory of you. WHAT I ADMIRE MOST I admire your intelligence, your discipline, and your motivation. LESSONS LEARNED You have taught me not to second-guess or doubt myself. | MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU I hope that your happiness and the quality of your life only improves as you continue from this birthday to all the rest.
29: And now a reading... From the Book of Jukka 1. Do not try. Do, or do not. 2. Use the force. 3. A man can never have too many clamps. 4. Make good choices. 5. Strength and honor! 6. My heart soars like an eagle. 7. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. "All it takes is a little imagination, some mechanical ability, and neighbors who mind their own business." - Red Green
31: Have a Very Happy 60th Birthday, Jukka!
32: FAVORITE MEMORY You came to visit us and we played this game together -- TABOO. The clue was “What American holiday is celebrated on October 31st?” You got all excited and shouted out --- I know that one! Thanksgiving!” We still laugh about that. Then there was the walking all over Chicago with you and mom. We remember the walking. Lots of walking. And then some crying...because of all the walking. Seriously – we did have a fun trip. M, D, & T
35: WHAT WE ADMIRE MOST You know how to do so many different things and do them all so well. LESSONS LEARNED Each one of us has a talent to share.
36: TALIA | OUR BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU We wish you a very happy day and many more good years to come.
38: And now for some bad poetry... Star Wars, da da da Star Wars, da da da Star Wars, da da da Star Wars. Second verse: Star Wars, da da da Star Wars, da da da Star Wars, da da da Star Wars. Continue until all of his children start screaming.
41: May you always have... a smile on your face a song in your heart And your stick on the ice.