There's a building in my hometown of Anaheim Hills that's been a local landmark for decades. The giant cube used to be a Kaiser hospital, but now they're relocating and tearing it down, so earlier today it looked like this.
I'm sad to see it go. I love old buildings, and I grew up two streets down from this one. I went to elementary school across the street from it and played with my brothers at the park next to it. And since there were five of us, I spent a lot of time in it as well. The wall of the waiting room was made of those old school glass bricks that remind me of Ice Climber, and when I was sick I used to sit there with my dad and watch the blurry people walk by on the other side. Later when my dad got sick, I sat there with my brothers. And eventually, when I had babies of my own, I sat there with them as well. I liked that wall, and that building, even if going there often meant something was wrong.
Sometimes we went there for good things, too. My wife and I visited that Kaiser a few months ago, in September. It was quiet when we were there. Most of the staff had moved to the new building a couple of miles away, but the ultrasound technicians were still in this building. That's why we were there. A few weeks earlier, in the wee hours of Friday morning during last year’s Comic-Con, my wife gave me the wonderful news: Deligiannis Baby The Third is on the way. We don't know what kind it is yet (we're waiting for the delivery room reveal this time), but this child is set to arrive on the day I was supposed to leave for Emerald City Comicon - that's next week - so we’ll know soon enough. Either way, I'm so excited to welcome another precious little one into our family! (If you're going to ECCC, the Deligiannis Bros booth will go on without me, so my prints and artwork will be at booth 208). Announced during one comic book convention and born during another… that's my boy or girl!
As it turned out, the day we went in for the ultrasound was the last day of operations for the old Kaiser facility, so we were pretty much the last patients to ever pass by the old Ice Climber wall.