Classmate Travels

I decided to work on the blog tonight because tomorrow I have an appointment with the ophthalmologist for my “regular” every 3-5 year check up and my eyes will be dilated.  I will be “blind” for awhile tomorrow.  Don’t you love those drops?  They do make brown eyes like mine look cool since the pupil is so huge.  Of course, I can’t see how cool I look!  And I will have to wear some dorky dark sunglasses that fit behind my glasses.  How cool is that?!

It seems our classmates have been out and about lately.  I have received several e-mails from friends who have been traveling.  Jerry Coryell was in Texas visiting his folks.  Kevin was running around Florida in his RV.  Nick and Sally were out in California.  Bill Fann was visiting his mom in Texas.  (I don’t think he ran into Jerry, though.  Texas is a big state, you know.) Deb and Frank spent a week in Puerto Rico (Holy Week, of all weeks!) So, they told me about their adventures and said I could share bits of their e-mails with you.

3/24/08 from Jerry C.  I will be going to Mineola TX this week to help my parents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.  My wife can’t make it but two of our five grandchildren will make the trip with me.  All is well, life is good and a pleasure enjoying Easter.

3/25/09 from Deb:  HI Suz.  We got back from our vacation later on Sunday. I will have to say our vacation was a mixed bag.  The first thing was not being able to land at Atlanta.  While we were in the air, they had tornados that caused the airport to close.  After circling for quite a while we were able to land but missed our connecting flight.  Luckily we were able to get stand by seats for the next flight and it worked out ok. 

Logan, Frank and I had two days of sunshine and then the storms moved in.  We did get to visit the fabulous fort in Old San Juan on Sunday when the weather was beautiful.  There were some showers but not enough to stop any activities.  Now I understand why the Puerto Rican women carry umbrellas with them.  The brief showers or hot sunshine make it a good idea.  The locals were flying kites all over the grassy area near the fort and it looked like they had picnicked.  Lots of families. We took the free trolley around the old city. 
 
On Monday we did get some beach and swimming pool time.  Enough that both Frank and Logan had sunburned faces.  I, of course, had lotion on to protect me.  The sunshine was intense.  The ocean waters were so warm and salty beyond belief!   
 
The resort was very crowded with families.  Many come from the east coast, New York, Delaware, etc.  Lots of Puerto Ricans too.  The Spanish flowed from most people we encountered and their English was pretty good for the most part.  It did feel like a foreign country. 
 
On Wednesday the stormy weather moved in.  It was so windy and cloudy.  Not much rain.  The waves were 25′.  The beaches were closed.  Roads along the coast we wanted to travel were closed.  The port was closed. 
 
On Thursday we did travel to the rain forest.  It is a spiritual center for Puerto Ricans and was beautiful.  The green was so intense and everywhere.  We took an improved trail down to a water fall.  Actually there were waterfalls all along the trail that fed into this larger one.  There was a natural pool that some folks were getting into.  I took off one shoe and stuck my foot in the water.  It was very cold.  We didn’t see the parrots that are native to Puerto Rico and only there.  Another species natural to the island and no where else in the world is a tree frog.  It reproduces from eggs.  And sings at night. 
 
Friday we tried the pool area again.  It was so crowded and sunlight was sporadic at best.  Beaches continued to be closed but people were beginning to jump the fence and go in the water anyway.  Clay and I did just that.  The undertow was very dangerous.  It was interesting how the waves came at you from different directions and pulled the sand right out from under your feet.  I was ankle deep in no time.  I was actually disoriented by the wave activity. 
 
The last night the boys hired a driver to take them out on the town.  Frank and I stayed in the room and watched crappy tv.  We were too tired to do anything else!  Since it was holy week there was not as much night life for the boys.  About two thirds of the tourist industry was shut down on Good Friday.  We did see a group of people walking down the street carrying a statue of Mary surrounded by flowers.  I guess each plaza area has their own Good Friday celebration. 
Now it is back to reality.
 
3/25/08 Kevin
I was on vacation to Florida in our motor home…Yes just like camping– in a 40 foot diesel RV with Central Air,  Micro and a sleep comfort King size bed..Love that camping!
 
3/27/08 Nick
We started in Sacramento, watching our daughter Kate’s Colorado Sate Softball team.  She is a grad assistant this year and they were playing there during spring break.  Its just not the same when she’s not playing but it was great to get to see her.  We stayed a couple of days and then headed to the Sonoma and Napa valley.  Wine country.  We stayed in Calistoga, visited a few wineries and of course had to do some tasting.  Its a great time with some excellent wine.  From there we went to San Francisco, cable cars, shopping, and great food.
 
We were fortunate to catch Tom Cordell at home and we met for dinner.  We always have a great time with Tom.  He’s a great host.  We packed a lot in five days, great little vacation.
 
I’m headed to Broken Bow tomorrow for Ide Ferguson’s funeral.  Opal, Nancy, Tink and Barb are my 2nd counsins.   Donita was my dads first cousin.
 
3/28/08 Bill
I was in Lago Vista, TX just north of Austin.  My mother is 79 and recently decided to take it easy.  She went from 5 days a week as a Reservationist for Sheraton Hotels to four days a week.  It is astounding to me that she was working full time at age 79.
 
I also received an e-mail from Terry Brand a week or so ago that he has given me permission to put on the blog.  It was nice to get an update from him. 
3/21/08 Terry
I work for Paulsen Inc. It is a large construction co. I work as a job superintendent ,at the present time I am building an addition to the Bertrand Public School. Over the years I have work on banks, schools, churches, treatment plants. The job that I worked on before the Bertrand School was building an operating room and remodeled part of the Kearney Eye Institute. I have worked for Paulsen’s for the last thirty years.
My wife Pat is from Cozad.  Pat works at the Cozad Hospital she is an R N. She is the infection control, safety, and about four other job titles that I can never remember. 
The hobbies that I have are camping, playing with the grand kids, and helping the kids with there projects. We also try to go to three or four Nebraska football games a year.
3/26/08 Addendum from Terry
 Pat and I have six grandkids. Jason has three, Samantha 11, Katelyn 5, and Dylan 3. Amanda also has three Taytum 10, Cynch 4, Aubrey 3. Nick is not married he has a dog. But he did get engaged to his girl friend last week. She works at BrynLGH in Lincoln she draws blood.{phlebotimist}  Jason is thirty-two his birthday is valentine’s day. I thought having your first kid’s birthday on a holiday would be hard to top but Amanda and Nick’s birthday is Dec. 5th four minutes apart their twins and 28 years old.
 
Please keep those e-mails coming!  Let me know if I can put potions of your news on the blog. 
 
    

Easter

 I hope you all had a nice Easter.  We have been busy the past couple weeks with birthdays, new babies and Easter. 

Thank you to Lana, Dan Jacquot and Opal for their recent contributions to the class fund!  Your generosity is overwhelming.  We appreciate all your support.  The list is getting longer for Mike Bell and me.  I apologize that I am behind in our “official” acknowledgements.  I hope to remedy that soon. 

I met my new grand-niece March 19.  She was born in Missoula, Montana, to my oldest brother’s second son, Mitch, and his wife, Melissa.  They are both in their 30’s and this is their first child.  Jim only has one other grandchild and she is adopted from China.  She turns five years old this week.  So, the new baby was extra special because she is the first “blood relation” on the Grady side in the next generation.  We went to Lincoln to PO Pear’s to meet her.  Mitch and Melissa met at PO Pear’s when Mitch worked there as a cook.  Plus, Pear’s is closing in a week, so they wanted to see it one last time. (Actually, Mitch has been invited back to cook on their last night.)  It was a thrill to see my brother with his new granddaughter.  I have never seen him so happy.

She's the most beautiful baby ever   With Aunt Susan

Mike’s birthday was March 20.  He turned 17 years old.  His birthday was a little unusual this year.  First of all, when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he told me, “a chair.”  He wanted a chair for the basement where he and his friends play videogames.  There is a futon, an old recliner, bar stools and folding chairs down there, but he wanted another chair.  He wanted one he could take to college with him in a couple years. So, we went to the Nebraska Furniture Mart and picked out a swivel recliner with ottoman.  We took it home that night and he put it together.  The next day he told his girlfriend that he got a chair from his folks for his birthday.  She said, “A chair?!  Why did they give you a chair?”  He told her because he wanted one.  Then he told her how he put it together.  She said, “You had to assemble it?!”  He said, “That was part of the fun.  Like an Erector Set or Lincoln Logs!”  She couldn’t believe it.  It all sounded so strange to her.  But, then she gave him her present and it was an electric razor, which I thought was kind of a strange from a girlfriend. 

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We asked Mike where he wanted to go for his birthday dinner.  He picked a hotdog place (Chicago Dawg House)!  It is this little tiny place that serves hotdogs and Italian beef sandwiches.  It is long and narrow with seats along a bar against the wall.  So, as you sit and eat, you are facing a brick wall!  It’s a strange little place, but they do have good Italian beef sandwiches and Mike liked his chili dog.  It was probably the cheapest birthday dinner (or maybe even regular dinner!) we had ever paid for.  Mike is a practical, no-nonsense kid who knows what he likes, I guess.

Easter was very quiet for us.  It seemed strange not to have everyone home.  Dave and Carlota stayed in Chicago and celebrated with her family.  Joe had to work a double shift at Chang’s. I was a little upset with Chang’s for scheduling him for two shifts on Easter, but what could we do?  Joe stayed overnight here instead of at his place on Saturday, then we got up early and went to church before he had to go to work.  At least we got to see him for a couple hours that way.

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I found out that Becky’s dad died last week.  Scroll down to March 23 to read about that.  We offer Becky our condolences.

Doc Arnold

Some of you may have heard that Becky’s dad has died.  He was in Lincoln having heart pronblems when he died on March 19. The funeral is Wednesday in Broken Bow. We all send our condolecense to Becky and her family.  Here is the information that Becky sent me today.

Dr. William George Arnold D.D.S., died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the age of 86, due to complications following heart surgery.
Doc,as he was known by his friends, was born on October 15, 1921 in Cumberland Iowa. He was an outgoing, gregarious man, loved by his family and many friends.
Bill graduated from Creighton University in 1943 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Degree. William then married Margaret Westcott of Dunbar, Ne on September 29, 1944 at Creighton University Chapel in Omaha, Ne.
After joining the Navy, Bill served as a dentist on a military base at Treasure Island, California and was promoted to a Lieutenant J.G. He then joined the Army and finished his service at Scott Field in East St. Louis.
Dr. Arnold moved his family to Broken Bow, Ne and practiced Dentistry here for more than 50 years. Doc was passionate about being involved with the community. He was active in community theater, a blood donor, an Elk, a Rotarian, an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, and a member of the American Dental Association. He enjoyed activities such as golf, trap shooting, and fishing. He was a licenced pilot and enjoyed a good balloon flight as well.
Doc participated in the creation of the One Box Pheasant Hunt. He served the hunt doing every task from a dog handler to guide, to president of the organization. During his long association with the hunt, he welcomed all comers, with joy in his heart treating celebrity and common man alike. He hunted with war heroes such as Jimmy Doolittle and Curtis Lemay. Actors such as Slim Pickens and James Drury. Many Govenors and a variety of football and baseball players. Also, a host of NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton to name a few.
Doc helped set up the Ashern One Box Sharp-Tail Hunt and the Mullen Sharptail Shootout. Doc won the Mullen Hunt in 1989 and proudly wore the trophy buckle for all occasions. Doc was inducted into the Dads, Lads and Lassies Hunt, Hall of Fame in 1989 and also the One Box Pheasant Hunt, Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dr. Arnold was proceeded in death by his parents, Carl and Mae Arnold of Cumberland, Iowa, his sister Mary Helen Wilkinson of Pella IA and his beloved wife of 58 years Margaret “Peg” Arnold.
William is survived by his children, William G. (Jan) Arnold II of Fremont; Holly (Rick) Davisson of Rapid City SD; Becky (Mike) Crawford of Broken Bow Ne; and Karl Arnold of Raymore Mo; grandchildren William G. Arnold III; Leigh Arnold; Amanda (Nicola) Palumbo; Katherine Davisson; Theresa Dubbs; Christopher Waudby; and by eleven great-grandchildren.


 

A Couple Days Late, and A Couple Dollars Short (Inflation?)

 Hi, everyone!  Sorry I didn’t have an entry on Monday as usual.  I have been sick lately, battling yet another virus.  Earlier this winter, I was so confident that I had been exposed to every virus there was after working in pediatrics for all these years.  Last year I wasn’t sick once!  This winter has been a different story.  I think the germs are mutating!  Anyway, sorry about the delay.  I am almost back to “normal.”

I promised to publish parts of the holiday letter from the Vaughan’s, so here it is at last! Mary Vaughan sent an wonderful update on her family with a Christmas card.  I am paraphrasing Mary’s letter (stealing her words!). 

After thirty years of owning his optometric practice in Broken Bow, Jerry sold it to his partner, Jeff Sanger.  Jerry is now an independent optometric practitioner, working with the ophthalmologists at the Kearney Eye Institute.  He travels to Kearney three days a week and supports the ophthalmologists with his optometric expertise.  If the eye doctors have surgery to do at one of the satellite clinics in Broken Bow, Lexington, Holdrege or Cozad, Jerry covers for them in Kearney.  He enjoys the road time, about an hour each way between BBow and Kearney.  Jerry is learning EMR (electronic medical records) just like I am!  Mary says, “Just think of all the connections of new brain synapses you are making.”  (I’m afraid I am losing as many as I am creating!)    

Mary and Jerry made a trip to Australia last summer.  They spent three weeks there, exploring Sydney, Palm Cover and the great Barrier Reef, and the Outback at Uluru. Mary writes, “We climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, and rode camels in the Outback.  We ate at 5-star restaurants in Sydney, under a tent in the rain forest, and under the stars in the Outback. It was unforgettable!” 
 
Their three boys are busy as well, having adventures of their own.  Their oldest, Andy, lives in Seattle where he is working on his doctorate in molecular biology.  His focus is studying the relationship between stem cells and lung cancer.  He also is in a band and performs in small shows in Seattle.
 
Mary and Jerry’s middle son, Bryan, lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he does online marketing for The MuseBox, a non-traditional music marketing firm.  He continues to develop his own record label Paper Garden Records. Check it out at http://papergardenrecords.com
 
Their youngest son, Carson, started an alternative newspaper at UNL called The Dailyer Nebraskan, an alternative newspaper for UNL students. It has the support of the Daily Nebraskan, offering news in a satirical format.  It also has reviews of popular culture as found in various art forms. Carson overcame the hurdles of the ASUN, the student association at UNL, gaining their approval after two attempts.  He also had to come up with the money for libel insurance.  Carson has gained a great deal of experience in his field of journalism already and he is still an undergrad!  Carson has been accepted as an intern with The Onion this summer which is headquartered in NYC.
 
The matriarch of this group has contributed to society in her own way.  After working as financial administrator in Jerry’s business for years, she had to pursue other avenues when he sold his business.  Mary now works as an independent consultant to the Central Plains Center for Services.  It is a private social services agency started by Nancy Ferguson, Opal’s sister.  The goal is to connect kids who are former wards of the state with postsecondary education and the resources they need to succeed.  Thusfar, the program has assisted over 500 students in obtaining higher education.  The first group is starting to graduate from their institutions of higher learning.  
 
Mary and Jerry own a townhouse in Lincoln which they have rented out to college students the past few years.  Now, they plan to keep it to themselves.  Mary says, “Some people have cabins at the lake-we have a townhouse in the city.”  Her job requires some travel so it will be handy to have a place in Lincoln to stay when she meets with prospective partners for ETV. 
Jerry and Mary Vaughan's family
Thank you to Mary for the update.  She and Jerry have three sons to be proud of, each different but each contributing in his own right.  As the mother of three sons myself, I can relate.  When our boys were younger, I used to marvel at their differences.  Instead of comparing them to one another, I told them, “It’s like having neapolitan ice cream!  I have three different flavors and I love them all!”  My boys do have some common bonds such as music and it appears Mary and Jerry’s boys do, too!
 
Happy Easter, everyone!

Band Kids Are Great!

I want to thank Dorsett for her recent donation to our class fund!  We appreciate your support.  I think our reunion will be outstanding because of all your folks who are contributing in so many ways!  It takes everyone to make it happen.  Thanks, Dorsett!  Dorsett also sent some pictures.  I am trying to get them on the blog, but I am having some trouble converting them over to my photo software without blurring them.

On a different “note,” I was never in band in high school and I think I missed out on something!  Now I am living vicariously through my son’s involvement in band.  We just returned from our band trip to Chicago yesterday.  We were there Thursday through Saturday.  We left for home early yesterday morning (REAL early, considering the change to daylight savings time.) We had a great time and I found out this old lady can still keep up (for the most part!) with a bunch of teenagers.  Of course, as soon as my head hit the pillow at night, I was out.

Thursday was travel and band time.  We arrived at DePaul University around 3:00 and the kids set up for a jazz clinic.  One of the music professors at DePaul listened to them play and gave them critiques.  It was interesting.  We headed to Gino’s East for supper/pizza.

 Tom, Ben C, Cameron,Mike, Rob, Ben J

After eating, we returned to DePaul and listened to a symphony concert.  We were all so tired from being on the bus all day, the kids and I almost fell asleep!  Fortunately, I had a very energetic, funny boy in my group that kept me entertained!  (All of the guys in my group were great!) We checked into the hotel around10:30 pm.  It was a long day.

I had eight boys to chaperone as did Nancy, another mom and a friend of mine.  Our groups were all friends, so that made it all the better.  We hung out together most of the time.  Friday morning, we got on our bus and headed to the Museum of Science and Industry.  I always enjoyed the museum when we lived in the Chicago area, but this time several of the “fun” exhibits were closed, so it was a little disappointing.  I suppose part of that was because this is the “off” season and a good time for them to renovate.  After the museum, we went to Michigan Avenue, shopping.  I had told the boys beforehand all about these fun stores we could go to, but when we got there, we discovered that the Sony Store and Virgin Music were no longer there!  Also, Niketown, which used to have all kinds of sports paraphernalia, had taken all that cool stuff down, so now it’s just a boring sports clothes store.  We were very disappointed.

  Chillin' at Eddie Bauer store

We ate lunch on top of Chicago Place at the food court.  The guys liked that and they also experienced an encounter with a panhandler.  On the bus, the tour guide (Pat from Lincoln. She takes band kids to Chicago all the time and is familiar with the city) warned the kids about people approaching them and asking for money.  It was a good thing to tell them, but I think she went a little overboard.  Nancy and I were sitting at a separate table from the boys.  The panhandler came up to us first and we sent him on his way.  I thought about going over and warning the boys, but we decided just to wait and see how they handled it.  We would intervene if necessary.  The boys did just great.  We had a little “debriefing” later about the incident.  I think a couple boys were kind of scared, but they did real well.

We decided to keep walking down Michigan Avenue to the Chicago River.  Along the way, I noticed what looked like the Nordstroms store was really an indoor mall, so I kept that in mind for our walk back up Michigan Avenue.  When we got to the river, we took a bunch of pictures.   Chicago River bridge

Pat had told all of the kids earlier about the relics on the Chicago Tribune building.  She said one was from Nebraska.  So, while we were by the river, we crossed the street and checked out the building.  The boys had fun seeing what all was there.  Stones from Fort Sumtner, the Great Wall of China, Antarctica, etc.  Then they found the Nebraska relic and everyone’s cameras came out!  

Checking out the relics at the Chicago Trib bldg Rob found the Nebraska relic

One of the boys had guessed it would be from Chimney Rock so everyone was excited to find out he was right.  (He had just helped Burke win the Academic Decathlon a couple weeks ago, so they figured it was a “given” he would know!)  A few other states had relics, too, but most of the pieces were from very famous places, so it was cool that one was from Nebraska.

On our way back, I suggested we stop at the Nordstroms building.  Some of the boys were reluctant. “Isn’t that a women’s store?”  I pointed out the little signs that read “Chicago Store,” “Sporting Store” and “Lego Store,” so they thought it would OK to go in.  They had a great time there, especially at the Lego store.  It was cool to see all the things made of Lego’s.  (Don’t tell Dennis, but I met a man there.  One of the boys took our picture!)

Lego man and Mrs

We met all the other kids at the John Hancock Tower at 4:30 and went up to the observation deck.  The day was kind of dreary so the view was overcast.  It was still impressive, especially for those who had never been up there before. We had the “mandatory” photograph taken by the people there.  scan0003

We had dinner at ESPN Zone which has lots of sports video games and average food.  The kids were pretty tired, so not many of them played games. The Zone also has sports memorabilia like Super Bowl rings and Wrigley Stadium made out of gum wrappers.  After eating, we headed to the Oriental Theater to see the play “Wicked.”

Headed to Oriental Theater to see Wicked The musical was fantastic!  Even the boys liked it.  It takes place before Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.  It’s the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West became the wicked witch.  It’s all about PR!  It was funny and colorful with wonderful effects.  If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend seeing it.

Saturday we spent the morning at the Shedd Aquarium.  Then we had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.  What a blast!  They have all kinds of music memorabilia on display.  One of Jimi Hendrick’s guitars is there, Little Richard’s capes, instruments from many rock bands.  The highlight was when one of the waiters took two of our boys and two of our girls along with the band director, got them up on the bar and had them dance to YMCA.  The kids put their cameras on “video” then! It was a fun lunch.

After lunch we stopped briefly at the new Millennium Park, then off to Navy Pier for the rest of the day.  It was pretty chilly the entire trip, so we stayed indoors as much as we could.  A couple kids actually braved the weather and took a ride on the big ferris wheel.  I told the kids that it doesn’t go very fast.  In fact, it runs constantly, so you get on the ferris wheel while it’s moving.  It is for observation and seeing the sights, not a thrill ride.  So, one shouldn’t except thrills.  They did expect chills, though.  It was pretty cold up there. It was too cold for me to go with them or even to take a picture!

That evening was the highlight of the entire trip for me!  We saw Blue Man Group. What a blast!  I had so much fun.  I laughed so hard, I cried and my belly hurt.  The Blue Man even chose one of the students from our group to go up on stage with them and they did this bit with Twinkies that was just hilarious!  Paige, the student, is kind of a serious kid, plus she doesn’t like Twinkies, so that made it even funnier.  She was a good sport, though, and joined in, following their cues, turning her head when the Blue Man Group did, etc. 

Blue Man is going to be in Omaha March 30 and I am interested in how they do their tour performances because the theater in Chicago is unique, specifically for them.  It has PVC tubing all over the ceiling and walls and it’s part of the act.  I am trying to convince our son, Joe, to take his dad to Blue Man here for his birthday.  (Since Mike and I just saw it in Chicago, we thought it would make more sense for Joe and Dennis to go.)

Blue Man Group theater (Briar Street Theater)

Since I was the “nurse” on the trip, I had to deal with a few incidents.  One boy cut his finger.  I had a couple boys get dizzy and complain of headache.  I told them to sleep in bed, not the floor!  I made their roommates give up a bed for the night.  (The boys refused to sleep in the same bed, so it was a pecking order thing and the underclassmen slept on the floor!  I told them they need to switch off so I don’t have 1/2 the boys exhausted.)  One of the girls hyperventilated in the Blue Man theater because she has claustraphobia and said she couldn’t breathe.  Another girl had an asthma attack.  Nancy, who is also a nurse, usually was with me.  I teased her that no one seemed to call her, just me!  She recommended I not let anyone know I’m a nurse on the next trip!

We were tired on the way home yesterday, but happy.  My knees held out just fine. The kids were great.  It rejuvenated me just being around them.  They were funny and witty.  They were considerate and helpful.  By the end of the trip, a couple of the boys were calling me “Mommy Bristol.”  We had such a great time.  I want to do it again! 

Oh, and I did get to see Dave and Carlota briefly while we were there.  They came to the hotel Thursday night for a quick visit, then they met us at Navy Pier Saturday afternoon.  Yesterday they stopped by the hotel before we took off and gave us some special tortillas and cheese to take back with us.  Our hotel was in Lombard, one of the suburbs near Carol Stream, so it was close by.  When Dave and Carlota saw our itinerary, they said they wanted to keep a copy so they could go do all those things!  It’s funny, how when you live in a place, you don’t always make a point to see things there.  You get all involved in the day-to-day stuff that the fun stuff slips by sometimes.  Dave and Carlota were just in Rome, but they think their next vacation will be doing the stuff on our itinerary!  I guess there’s “No place like home” afterall!

 

Potholes

Potholes are blooming all over Omaha.  The rollercoaster weather we have had is to blame, I’m sure.  Yesterday it was 65 degrees out, today it’s twenty.  The road surface expands and contracts with the temperature and cars zoom up and down the streets, causing the structure to break down.  But, the streets get their revenge when drivers with poor vigilance, unknowning hit a pothole, damaging their car’s alignment or even their wheels or frames.  Some try to sue the city for the damages, but there are so many potholes popping up, it is difficult for the city to repair them all. Like dandelions in the summer, for every one that is taken care of, three more pop up!

On a different note, our class fund is growing.  As of now, we have received $535 in donations/dues from twelve classmates.  After the last reunion, our account was left $70.  Donations are approaching $600. (I feel like I should have one of those tote boards like on the telethons!) Thank you to those twelve people:  Becky, Terry B., Tom, Cindy Ell., Paula, David K., Deb Mc, Neil P., Shelley, Chuck and Bruce W. Names of donors will be listed in our reunion booklet.   It is not too late to send in your donations.  Mail them to Mike Bell.  If you need his address, e-mail me.  

 

Saturday Dennis and I saw the musical “Bye, Bye Birdie” at Burke High School.  It was a lot of fun.  I wonder how many of the kids in the play knew what some of the jokes meant!  Even some of the audience was probably too young to understand some parts of it.  I wonder how many even knew who Ed Sullivan was!  Burke has the reputation for putting on good musicals.  They have very talented kids and a good music director.  Their ensemble group that sings and dances is very good.  Mike wasn’t involved in the musical this year, but we went anyway.  In the past, we have gone to the musicals even when we had no kids at Burke.  They put on such good productions, it’s well worth the $7 tickets!  (Cheap entertainment!)  After the play, we went to Old Chicago with our former neighbors for dessert (which changed to beer once we got there!)  When we got home, Mike was waiting up for us. “Where have you been?!  I tried to call you.”  (I left my cell on vibrate and put it in my purse!) We told him, now he knows how we feel when he gets home late!

 

Thursday I will be going to Chicago with the Burke band kids.  I am chaperoning 8 boys!  It should be fun.  I know most of the guys and they are a great group.   My friend, Nancy, is also chaperoning 8 boys, so we plan to “hang together.”  Most of the activities are together with all 45 kids, but a couple times we will be able to go off on our own.  We will be there until Sunday.  The itinerary is crammed full.  I lamented that I may be too old for all this!  I think the band director’s ploy is to wear the kids out so they behave themselves at night and not try to sneak into each others’ rooms, etc.  Instead, I think he will have very tired chaperones who won’t know what the kids are doing at night! 

Keep that e-mail coming!  Hopefully, I will have some news from classmates next time.  Oh!  Wait!  I do have some news.  Lynne is a grandma again.  Her sixth grandchild was born February 25th–a boy.  She now has four grandsons and two granddaughters. (Each daughter has three children.)  Lynne and Linda just celebrated their birthday February 23rd, so I am sure Grandma Lynne will have a special place in her heart for her new grandson.

 March Birthdays:  March16th–Judy Person, March 23–Linda Houser

(Let me know your birthday if you haven’t already.)