Thanks to everyone that wished me a happy birthday this week, it has been greatly appreciated. I began to reminisce on some of my past birthdays. Two birthdays, in particular, shall remain in my memory. The first was in 1999 when my mother-in-law was laid to rest. And the second was last year when I celebrated the longest birthday of my life.
We had spent a couple of weeks in Italy with Leigh Fletcher (Freedom Year’s Director). Our return to Ohio just so happened to be my birthday. Since Italy was five hours behind Ohio my birthday was, in fact, 29 hours long. I recall our luggage had to be outside our hotel door by 4:00 am, which meant we had to be up by 3:30 am. We met in the lobby around 5:00 am, received a boxed brunch, boarded a bus and headed to the airport. After passing through security in the Milan airport we flew to Newark, NJ, where we felt the squeeze of an oppressive schedule.
Our group, of approximately 56 tourists, raced to claim our baggage and proceed to Customs where we waited in line well over an hour, because there were only two Custom’s Agents handling six planes of passengers. As our departure time narrowed Customs finally opened another line.
From Customs we all raced to security only to be subjected to the scrutiny of random checks. After a few of us finally made it through security with less than 10 minutes ‘til take off, it was discovered that the departure gate had changed. Seriously? Everyone invoked the buddy system. Those of us that boarded the plane first told the flight crew that the majority of us were still passing through security. Others made sure that those still passing through security knew the gate had changed. Like soldiers on a mission we made sure no one was left behind.
Although it was stressful it was rewarding when the last of us boarded the plane. Applause ensued, smiles emerged on every face and the tension dissolved as the plane pulled away from the gate.
Within seconds the pilot announced that he had over-steered the front end which shut down the computer system. With an apologetic voice he explained that we could not resume take off until the computer rebooted, consequently we waited 1 1/2 hour until we were again cleared for take off.
The rest of the journey home was uneventful but extremely exhausting. When we reached our home my birthday had ended. I had been up more than 25 hours of my 29 hour long birthday. And I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
Congratulations to the Lady Tigers basketball team on a tremendous season. They are the 2014 Division III State Runners-up!
Upcoming Events: This Sunday there will be a pork lion dinner at the Versailles K of C Hall from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Advanced tickets recommended by calling 526-9767 or 937-638-2196. Also Sunday, March 23rd there will be a chicken noodle & bean soup dinner at the Osgood Legion Hall from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm to benefit the Osgood Firefighters.
This Sunday, March 23rd 2:00 pm at the Versailles Museum Mary Ann Olding will give a presentation entitled, “The French Crescent”; the history on the French immigration in the Versailles, Frenchtown & Russia area.
Fish Fry-Day: Tonight Goat Farmers has their fish fry, Chickasaw (Joe & Jean’s Tavern) has smelt every Friday until Easter. The Versailles Eagles has a fish fry tonight and every Friday (5:00 pm until gone) until Easter. Next Friday, 03/28 the Osgood Legion will hold their fish fry and Friday, April 18th (Good Friday) the Versailles Vets Club will have frog legs. This is a presale event only. For information or tickets call 526-5915 or 526-5959.
Happy birthday wishes to Beatrice Burke, Annabelle Menke, Mildred Borchers, Madelyn Holzapfel, Lurene Monnin, Ron Miller, Herman Smith, Jenni Peyton, Connie Schmitmeyer, Bev Schrempp, Len Hartoog, Chris Chrisman, Melissa Seger, Jessica Post, Donna Francis, Eileen Schulze, Polly Gregg, Susan Klosterman, Dusty Ahrens, Paul Monnin, Deb Bergman, Mike Adams, Sandy Grilliot, Marcella Stuck, Mike Kramer, Sally Mescher, Christy Prakel, Rita Schulze, Dan Francis, Abbey Marshal, Joe Knapke, Ruth Pierron, Mike Stegall, Rob Thorne, Bethany Menke, Jyle Drees, Chuck Runner, Debbie Francis, and Jonathan Keihl. Happy anniversary wishes to Angel & Shane Borchers.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Nancy Subler, Lynn Gerling, Wanda Bailey, Alfred Henry, Paul Bailey, Pat DeMange, Barb & Marvin Goubeaux, Rob Quinter, George Stuck, Jennifer Platfoot, Smoke Smith, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My sympathy to the families and friends of Charles Curtis, Vaughn Wakefield, Paul Henry, Richard Clune, Frank Rust, Barbara Tyson, John Waymire, William Hoop, Arleen Brandewie, and Marye Helen Grieves, and Irella Wente also remembering the lives of Marilyn Bulcher, Nick Bertke, John Seger, Leona “Kitty” Deeter, Carol Selhorst, Jack Brown, Mark Dapore, Bob McEldowney, Gene Meyer, Marvin Ray, Eugene Guillozet, Shirley Keiber, Karla Borgess, Eileen Garke and Darren Ruhenkamp as the anniversary of their passing nears.
Hello to Felicia Erisman, Lori Riffell, Janel Grillot, Tim McGlothin, Dustin Leis, Pat Pax, everyone at Dapore Bros., Krista Stucke, Jean Unger, Doug Minnich, Ashley Brown, Colleen Grillot, Deb Godwin, Marlene Schmitmeyer, Alisha Thobe, Sandy Miller, Candace & Randy Phlipot, Joe Bailey, Samantha Foster, Lynn Hamilton.
Dave Miller is looking for Vietnam War Veterans willing to provide him with stories and photos of their service. Consider sharing yours and give him a call at 937/658-1887.”
“Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs.” ~Unknown
“Memories are special moments that tell our story.” ~Unknown
“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” ~Al Gore