Monthly Archives: August 2010

50 Years Have come – and gone . . .


I wanted to share with you a few pics from my trip to Denver, Colorado for my 50th Senior Class Reunion.  What a blast!  We had about 35-40 of our classmates present.  When you consider that we only had 79 in our senior class, and 20 were reported deceased, that is indeed a good representation.

Many brought their spouses with them, and a couple had grown children as their guest.  We had two evenings of nostalgia, good food and good times.  The reunion committee, headed up by Steve, did a great job.  They are to be commended.

While in Denver I was able to do some site-seeing; even went to Boulder and had lunch at the Tea House — what a great day that was (a big thanks to my friend and classmate Kathy’s brother George, who escorted us about this lovely college town).  It had been quite a few years since I returned  to my home roots, so I rather enjoyed visiting it like a tourist.  You’d be surprised at what you miss when you are a resident.  Much can be taken forgranted.

What I did learn is that Denver imposed an interesting requirement to all new building (or remodeling) projects, and that is (I believe this is correct) that 14% of whatever is done must include something related to the arts. 

The Big Blue Bear is the art contribution to the Convention Center, and in a nearby park which is part of the arts community (college and museums) is the photo shown here.  There were many artifacts displayed throughout Denver as a testament to their commitment for beauty through the arts.

Even the construction sites have an artsy decor, as shown in the photo below, of what I thought was so ingenious; imagine brightening up what normally is an eyesore with home-spun art.  The cost is reasonable, but there is a great deal of labor involved in this art project (done with love and pride).  I can certainly say, had I been living in Denver when this project came to fruition I would have loved to contribute my part. 

These are hand-made chrochet flowers, affixed to a chain-link fence that surrounds a construction site (near Denver’s Union Station). A pile of dirt and part of the Denver skyline is visible behind the fence

I apologize as I have been remiss in keeping my personal blog current.  So much to do, so little time; or so it seems.  Yes, even at 67 years of age, I am still in the work force, although I have cut back from 5 to 4 days a week now.  I’ll eventually get my life in order and keep up with all the projects I have at hand.

In the meanwhile I will retun to memory lane as I peruse the many photos taken while in Denver; ever mindful and thankful that I reached this milestone in my lifetime. 

I’ll end this blog with a pic of the souvenir book I put together for me and my classmates, and a look at the beautiful mountain peaks I was able to see from the condo (what a privilege this was) I stayed in while in Denver.

The brother (Manuel) of my good friend (and classmate) Kathy were gracious enough to offer me use of his (Manuel’s) condo while in Denver for this auspicious occasion – I can never thank them enough for their hospitality and generosity! 

The skyline of the mountain peaks were easily visible from the porch – a great place to have a cup of coffee as dawn breaks.