Happy Independence Day!

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Golf carts on parade

I hope that everyone who reads this had a happy day and enjoyed celebrating the 241st anniversary of our nation’s independence! I hope that your personal celebration was enjoyable. Elaine and I took part in some of the FRIENDS & FAMILY FUN FOURTH AND POTLUCK event that started at 10:00 this morning with a golf cart parade, followed by a Poker Run at 11:00, and then a hot dog cookout and potluck lunch at noon. Most people were dressed special for the day, and the eight or so golf carts and scooters that took part in the parade were all festively decorated in red, white, and blue.

Forrest and Dave
Forrest Sessions riding with Dave

We invited Forrest Sessions, a World War II veteran, to ride in our golf cart. Forrest, 95, is always fun to be around. He has a great sense of humor. But he doesn’t take part in community activities much, which is a shame.

Twenty or so people took part in the poker run: Peggy Glidden won the cash prize with a full house. Elaine and I both had two pair.

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The residents gathered for the hot dog and potluck lunch

The gathering in the Clubhouse for the potluck lunch brought about 30 people or so. There was no charge for the meal; the Social Club provided hot dogs and various residents brought items for potluck. Half brought salads or side dishes, the other half brought desserts. Elaine made two caramel apple pies and they went over well.

Gail and Elaine
Gail Brazell and Elaine, with Dale Stroh and Nancy Schuling in the background

Many people were dressed in festive holiday colors and had hats and other decorations on. It made for a very colorful gathering!

Elaine bought beads and a flashing star lanyard for each of us as well as an appropriate hat. And she got a colorful top for herself and a motif tee for me.

The temp got up to 111° this afternoon, and it was around 105° or so when we were on parade and poker run. Elaine got overheated so we took a half hour break after the poker run and before lunch. That gave us both a chance to cool off and dry out a little.

There were games of various kinds that took place in the Clubhouse and Game Room after lunch, but we did not participate in those. We did go swimming this afternoon as usual, though.

One thought on “Happy Independence Day!”

  1. One of these days I’m going to stick around for the 4th. You folks know to have fun!!!! Thx Dave for the great pics. I’m sure Leslie did a great job with the festivities. I miss all of you. My summer is going fast – I’m staying busy – I like to be busy!!!!!! To all of you – have a safe summer. See you sometime after Labor Day.

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