From time to time we have events in our complex that we hope will be enjoyed by our residents. They are coffee parties, pot luck dinners, event dinners like the Chinese New Year, or in this case, Oktoberfest. We have a new social committee led by Andrea Bridle, and they decided to put together a catered dinner, and have entertainment, and some door prizes to go along with the 50/50 that the committee usually has. The social committee sold some 66 tickets to this event, which is just about normal or a bit more for this kind of event.
Andrea was looking for some help to move tables, and Joan & I went down to the clubhouse and found that somebody had not only moved and set up the table, they had decorated up the place in fine style! All that we needed now was the caterer and the entertainment.
We got to the event at 5:15, got seated and our band came in. They are a couple we have known for some time now, and they are skilled entertainers. They worked for Princess Cruise lines for a number of years, and are busy in our city all the time at various venues around the city. So they set up, and soon the caterer arrived and he set up his stuff.
It is done buffet style and tables are drawn to see who is lining up so as to relieve congestion. We were drawn second last, which seems about normal, but there was no shortage of food. And it was good too! So after a couple of glasses of wine we had dinner. Gordon donated some beer to the party, seeing as how it was Oktoberfest and all. Dinner was Weiner schnitzel with salad, potatoes and a wealth of vegetables. Coffee and dessert followed. All good stuff.
Dinner got cleared away, and Jan and Danny regaled us with some German music, polkas and even some stuff I could manage to dance to! During a break in the evenings festivities, Andrea called the winner of the 50/50 draw, and no we did not win, but that is normal. Several bottles of wine were drawn for by admission tickets that were sold.
Any way one looked at it, I would have to say that it was a most successful evening. Thanks to all who worked to put this event together.
I was planning on writing about an item I found in the Calgary Herald Friday October 18, 2013. It has to do with a lady who is at the end of her life from terminal cancer, who was about to be evicted from her home for not paying the fees to belong to the McKenzie Lake Community Association.
This lady, had to leave work, due to the illness, and with no income to speak of and her saving all used up, she had tried to explain her situation to the Association, but to no avail. The bureaucrats at the association, got all mean spirited and put a lien on her property, and were going to foreclose. They hired a lawyer, and that merely added to the cost. She had agreed to pay what she owed from her estate, when she died, but no way, according to the association.
After this went public, a donor went to the association and paid the bill which had now grown to almost $800.00 with the fees and lawyers involvement. I am appalled that this went this far and that cooler heads were not able to prevail. But then again, this is the kind of thing that happens when mean spirited people become involved with a bureaucracy.
All is well that ends well. Great people actually live in our city!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
”Last year we said, ‘Things can’t go on like this’, and they didn’t, they got worse.”
The customer in the Italian restaurant was so pleased that he asked to speak to the chef. The owner proudly led him into the kitchen and introduced him to the chef.
"Your veal parmigiana was superb," the customer said. "I just spent a month in Italy, and yours is better than any I ever had over there."
"Naturally," the chef said. "Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported."
Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another!