Your Town Column June 21, 2009

I am suffering from a severe case of amusement park withdrawal.

During our vacation travels to southern California a couple of weeks ago, we visited four such parks — Disneyland, Universal Studios, San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

There were 14 of us in all from Colorado —Allen and I, his brothers and their families, his mom and dad and my sons — who met there for the family vacation.

At each park you could often find me standing in a long line, waiting for the next wild adventure ride — most of them ending with a huge roller-coaster-like drop at the end, into a pool of water, in which all the riders emerged soaking wet but smiling ear to ear.

Although the wait in line for Splash Mountain at Disneyland was at least 1 1/2 hours, it well worth the drenching.

The abrupt end to the daily water rides was hard to get over when I returned to work Monday. I considered asking reporters to dump buckets of water on my head while I wheeled my office chair down flights of stairs, but our employee handbook frowns upon such activity.

At Disneyland, while meandering through the crowds in “Fantasyland,” my sister-in-law saw some people she new from back home in northeastern Colorado — ironically — just after we’d finished the “It’s a Small World” ride and were heading to the next adventure.

And, during the return stop in Las Vegas, my son discovered that one of his friends that had moved away from Grand Junction, was in Sin City and they met up for an impromptu reunion in front of The Bellagio on The Strip.

I still shake my head remembering the previous year’s venture to New York City, working our way down and out of the Empire State Building through the thick crowds, when we met up with a co-worker and her traveling companions who were on their way up.

The odds of running into someone you know in such a mass of people in a city far away never ceases to amaze me.

It’s a small world.

After all.

A couple of reunions were entered on our online calendar recently:

• The U.S. Postal Retirees will have a potluck get-together at 11 a.m. June 25, at Longs Family Memorial Park, at the gazebo next to Patterson Road. Call Alice at 243-2812 or Jane at 523-0664 for information.

• The Grand Junction High School class of 1964 will have its 45th reunion in July. A mixer will be at 5 p.m. July 17 and a picnic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 18, at Lincoln Park. Call Cliff Kramer at 250-0852 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

If your class, organization or club is planning a reunion, e-mail the information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); fax it to 244-8578 or mail it to Community News, The Daily Sentinel, P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction 81502.
It will be included in the online calendar, then as space allows, will be published in the print calendar in the Sunday Planner prior to the reunion.
Call 256-4232 for more information

• Happy Father’s Day.

Uh-oh. Did you wake up this morning and realize you forget to get something for Dad?

Don’t fret — surprise him with a visit to the Father’s Day car show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, at The Fountains, 3203 N. 15th St.

Eight to 10 cars will be on display for residents and community members to view.

Call Ellie Legits at 208-1217 for information.

• Thunder Mountain Camera Club’s monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

The program will be about Arches National Park, presented by Diane Allen, the recently retired chief of interpretation at the park.

Monthly competition results will be reviewed.

Call Kathleen at 242-8863, ext. 363 for information.


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