Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kansas Rural Water Association Convention

As a member of the Douglas County 3 Rural Water District Board of Directors, Dan was invited to attend the convention this year.  So, I tagged along.  It was  a great two days.

Dan attended the education sessions.  I will not try to write about what he learned, although it sounded interesting, especially the session on GPS mapping.  I will report from my perspective—just fun.

Tuesday evening was the “Midway Luau.”   We were entertained the entire evening by a five piece live band who said they had been a group longer than any in Kansas—“King Midas and the Mufflers.”  They were very good.   There were at least five games straight from the state fair midway a casino, bingo and numerous other games.  Winners at the games are given tickets which are put into buckets where a name is drawn for a prize.  No luck for us with the prizes, but here are a couple of examples of other booths.   I don’t think this looks too much like either of us, but it does make us look younger!

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We made this crazy movie with Robin & Jane.

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Kent Rader gave the Keynote address, “Let’s Pull Together” on Wednesday morning.   He is a comedian with impressive credentials.  His humor was the basis of a message that encouraged all to keep humor in the workplace and all parts of life, especially to reduce stress. 

From there my long time friend Kathy picked me up for a day of visiting and hanging out.  She gave me a tour of Wichita, including a lunch at the Wichita Fish Company.  Seriously, this was the best fish meal I’ve eaten since we were in Alaska.  I had a almond crusted Halibut over sautéed vegetables and rice with coleslaw.  It is just a little place, certainly not fancy (our order was served in a “to go” box.

I’m not sure what is going on in Wichita with the Notre Dame stained glass window done in Women’s underwear on a downtown building.  Not kidding!  Here’s a picture and here’s a link to the Wichita Eagle article on the artistic endeavor.

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Then, here are  pictures of one of the beautiful Vets restored by Kathy’s husband.  Pristine inside and out.  Sounds wonderful.

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The final highlight for me was the musical “nunsense, A Musical Comedy” presented by the The Theatre Company at the Forum.  It was the entire performance, not just a sample. Lots of laughs, beautiful voices.

Two additional thoughts about the convention.  First, the food was exceptional.  I usually don’t expect food to be that great when serving over a thousand people.  Second, the decorations were balloons.  I have to share a couple pictures of the creative way they were used.

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