Saturday, March 20, 2010

Three funerals, a snow and the Mariachi Estrella

In the last 2 days I've attended 3 funerals.  Yesterday's funeral was for Nile's mother Aylene Fowler who was like a second mother to me when I was kid.  Unfailingly generous and loving, here she is with her beloved Ike.

The second was today as we attended Sherwood Smith's funeral.  Sheree's father and long-time Potwin resident, Sherwood was an accomplished architect who was loved by many.  Despite his frown in this photo, he was not a grumpy man.

Between the first two funerals, we endured a record snowfall for March 20th.  Trying to match the spirit, I've been playing Christmas music all day.  Helen is mildly amused.  While I hate to be a complainer ... winter is over, isn't it?

Today we also attended the showing of the documentary film "Mariachi Estrella" at White Concert Hall on Washburn University's campus.  It is about the formation, success and tragedy of the first all-female mariachi band in the US.   Started in Topeka by Gina Mentzer's grandmother Teresa Cuevas, 4 of its founding members died in the tragic Hyatt Regency skyway collapse in 1981.  Still going strong at almost 90, Mrs. Cuevas inspired us with a mini-concert after the film.

Oh yes ... the last funeral was late this afternoon for the Kansas Basketball team who lost in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.  Did I say I was ready for spring?

Monday, March 08, 2010

The only way to fly

This morning I had a business meeting in Salina and instead of driving, I hitched a ride in the client's Beechcraft King Air C90GTx.

Small, but super comfortable, it is the only way to fly.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

We'd rather wear jeans ...

In our 30s and early 40s we thought it was great fun to get dressed up and go to fancy parties.  Funny thing ... at this stage of life, we'd rather wear jeans.   In the last month we've attended lots of fancy events where a tuxedo was suggested.  Last night marked the end of our dress up parties for the next several weeks.  Here we are with our friends Mary and Glenn at the Topeka Collegiate School Auction last night.  Ties and all.
Bring on the jeans.