Gas for $2.49 a Gallon Today!

I just got home from the gas station where I paid $2.49 a gallon!  I can’t figure out what is going on!  Gas prices skyrocketed a few months ago and my 401K was losing a little bit.  Now, gas is down and my 401K is a 104K! Crazy times we live in. 

People are gradually sending back their questionnaires.  Thank you very much!  I still am waiting for several, though.  I had two letter returned this time with no forwarding address.  I think that is a record!  Most of the addresses I have now must be current (although I didn’t send out questionnaires to people whose addresses I already knew were incorrect.)  I got Connie and Steve P’s letter back as well as John Stm.’s  If anyone has their new addresses, please email them to me.

Thanks for the pictures for the DVD, too!  A word about the way to send those…if you can use JPG or JPEG, it is much easier to put in the folder for the DVD.  BMP also works, although I’m not sure the picture is quite as clear.  It’s OK, though.  If you copy and paste to something like Microsoft Word, it doesn’t work.  When I try to retrieve them, the colors are distorted and the pictures are pixilated.  If in doubt, you can always mail them to me and I can scan them and return them to you.  I am receiving some really good pictures, so thank you so much!  The more we have, the better the DVD will be.

Thank you to Cheryl for sending a donation to the class fund!  We have some very generous classmates!  Twenty-eight classmates have added to our funds.  Their names will be included in the reunion booklet.

Our weekends have been full of marching band events.  Last week we were in Lincoln at “LINKS”  It was held at Lincoln High and 39 bands participated!  The comeptition started at 11:30 and lasted until almost 11:00 pm!  Long day!  Burke performed at 6:30.  Dennis, Joe and I went down to Lincoln early so we could watch the football game and not worry about getting to Lincoln High in time.  It almost didn’t happen when NU and Texas Tech went into overtime! 

We got to Lincoln around 1:30.  We thought we’d go to Old Chicago in the Haymarket for lunch.  We found a parking place right across the street from Brewsky’s so I said, “Let’s go there instead!”  I had never been to Brewsky’s and I was getting kind of tired of Old Chicago.  It turned out to be great fun.  The crowd there was wonderful.  Brewsky’s has televisions everywhere, even in the bathrooms, so you don’t miss a bit of the game.  It was a lot of fun.  The Vegas bookies had Nebraska down by 20 points, and here we tied the game and went into overtime!  I imagine some gamblers lost some money on that one! 

We rushed over to Lincoln High in time to see one band perform before the awards ceremony.  They had a “halfway” awards ceremony for those schools who had played earlier in the day.  Burke went on right after the ceremony.  I felt bad for them because the poor kids were standing on the outside of the field for almost a half hour while the awards drug on (the awards were only suppose to be 15 minutes long.)  Then, when Burke finally marched out, the Lincoln coordinators were having trouble with the sound system, so our kids stood at full attention for another 20-30 minutes!  One of the clarinets got sick and threw up.  They took her off the field.  Apparently, the judges were impressed with the kids, though, and commented on how disciplined they were standing at attention for so long.  When the band finally got to play, there were a few glitches at the beginning, but the kids soon were in their game and ended up scoring a “Superior!”  Our color guard and drum line got “Best of the Show” out of almost 40 bands!  It was really neat!

This weekend is OMI (Omaha Marching Invitational).  It goes from 11:30 until 5:30, so it’s not as long as LINKS was.  Burke is the host school and the invitational is sponsored by OPS.  All the OPS schools participate as well as other Omaha school districts, surrounding towns, western Iowa and southestern South Dakota.  There are so many talented bands out there.  It’s fun to watch the kids perform.  I am chair person for OMI at Burke, so I have volunteers lined up to work at concessions and the ticket areas.  Hopefully, the weather cooperates with us and we have another beautiful fall day.

Here is a picture from the Columbus competition and parade earlier in the month.  Burke got a “Superior” there, too.  They have a great show this year. (The kids didn’t wear their hats for the parade.  They have new uniforms this year.  Black gloves and all.)

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Keep those questionnaires, emails and pictures coming.  By the way, we are having a meeting November 8th at Bill F’s.  If anyone is in or near Lincoln that weekend, please join us.  Email me for details.

Also, Dan J left me a message on the blog.  I don’t know if you guys can get to it, so I will copy and paste it here. I think you can connect with Dan’s blog from here.  His is ndnflyr.  I think it’s listed on the left side. (When I look at the blog, I may see something different than you do since I can edit, add, etc.)

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