Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We Hate to See Them Go

Driving the executive transport.
Fritz often said most people made him happy twice, first when they arrived and second when they would leave.  That’s not meant to be mean but a statement of how one who enjoys the peace and quiet of the country sees people.  You love them but there’s a limit.  Like Franklin said, fish and visitors….
I have to say I agree with Fritz.  I love it out at the airport.  It’s about as remote as you can get in this part of the country.   Occasionally though I feel like I need the city.  When that happens I go there and very soon am ready to return.  But truth be told, this difficulty of place, where I really belong, is mostly due to the difficulty of finding people you really enjoy hanging out with.
Sure, we have a lot of friends from many different interests.  But people you really enjoy, who you mesh well with and wish you could see more often, eh, those are few and far between.   Take into consideration being married and it becomes almost impossible to find as much as one individual couple consisting of two people both of you like and vice versa.  Then try to find a couple, or people like that, in Hanover Indiana and you’re going to be out of luck.
Always smiling, even in the rain.
Because of this, we are always trying to figure out a way to get more of “our people” out to our area or at the airport.  Unfortunately, all it takes is one spouse or bipolar airport bum to mess it up for everyone.   Therefore, we continue to resist allowing others access.  Despite that, there have been bright points.
Most years we have workampers who visit for a few months to help us around the field.  They are full time RV’ers who get a RV hookup for volunteer work.  And most of the time they’ve been incredible folks.  Some of our most cherished friends we met this way.  This year Gerard and Lacretia Hogan Rowe were added to that list.
These two wonderful people appeared like a gift from God.  They showed up right as our lives began to spin out of control with many changes.  It was going to be an insane two months; we weren’t sure how we were going to do it; Gerard and Lacretia sent us an email.  That’s how it happened and they saved our butts.
Yet, not only did they come to our rescue (repeatedly/even tonight on their last day here), they turned out to be two great people who we both hate to see go.  Unfortunately for me, I was in training for much of their time at the field and lost out on many great fires, burgers, brews, and maybe a little fun BS’n.  The time I was able to spend with them though was always enjoyable and that makes me sad to see them go.
If you didn’t get to meet Gerard, Lacretia, and Rosie (their dog), you missed out.  We wish them all the very best.  When it comes to these three, Franklin was wrong.

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