Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weber Lake, Nevada, Memorial Day 2012

Saturday we went with our friends Rich and Holly Whipple to Weber Reservoir.  It is located on the Walker River Piute Indian Reservation.  The Indians sell fireworks and Rich loves fireworks.  We aren't talking ordinary love, it's fill the back of the truck up kind of love.  The fireworks show lasted two hours.  We cooked dutch oven chicken chili and cornbread with brats.  It was a quick trip. We got up early Sunday morning to get to church.

75th Anniversary in Kansas City

 Giant stage and screens for business meetings.
 Anthony, John and Tom Miller at Monday evening's entertainment
 Bo, Janelle, John Manochio and son Jon at business meeting
 Monday night entertainment with Jason Alexander
 Kansas City Barbeque
 Bo, Janelle and me at Harry Truman Presidential Library
 Wednesday night entertainment, Hughy Lewis and the News Concert
 Carnaval and Pic Nic at Waddell and Reed's Home office
 Me and Miller at the races
Two of our favorite Customer Service Agents, Cynthia and Cory with Janelle

This is Waddell and Reed's 75th anniversary.  I've been with them for 33 of those years.  For this year's Circle of Champeons Meeting they had a celebration at the Home Office in Kansas City.  Bo and I took Janelle with us.  It was Janelle's first Circle trip and first time to the Home Office.

We flew out on Sunday afternoon.  On Monday we attended a six hour class on end of life issues.  We learned how to people who are grieving.  The business meetings were first rate.  The food was fantastic.  Lots of barbeque. 

It was a good time to see and meet with the people we talk to on the phone all the time.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The No Frost Spring

Maybe its the mild winter, or global warming, or just the natural cycles as they occur, but this has been one of the best spring flower season in a long time.  Usually we get a late frost that kills off the flowers.  We still could get a late frost, but for now things are looking great.  We have peaches and plums on the trees.  Lots of apple blossoms, so it's looking good for apples as well.

Jeff and Petey's excellent adventure

 Caves at Cave Lake State Park
 From the trail above Cave Lake
 Beaver Dam
 Cave Lake
 Our Camp at Cave Lake State Park

 End of the road Lamoille Canyon
 High Rise Beaver Dams

 Entrance to Lamoille Canyon
 Ranch Land looking up towards the Ruby Mountains
The old Presbiterian Church in Lamoille.

It's been awhile since my last post.  My life has been endless paperwork in our regulatory "Books and Records Suitability Update".  So I have had very little to write about.  In my new BSA job as Council Commissioner, I have been traveling around the State meeting with various leaders and attending various events.  This week I had to be in Elko on Tuesday and Ely on Thursday.  I decided to just stay in the East rather than drive back and forth twice.  I loaded the fishing gear, bought a bunch of favorite food, hooked up the Airstream and  threw Petey in the truck.  We had a good meeting with a bunch of Scouters in Elko and then I stayed the night in the Iron Horse RV park.  It is always funny to me to park our 16 foot pod in amongst the 40 foot big rig RVs. 

Wednesday we traveled up Lamoille Canyon and cruised around the Spring Creek area.  Lamoille Canyon is an area I've always wanted to see.  It is a U shaped glacial canyon with 11,000 foot peaks still covered with Glaciers in the middle of the desert.  From Lamoille we drove to Ely and pitched camp at Cave Lake State Park.  The fishing was good.  I caught three in the evening with a fly rod and four in the morning with a spinning rod.  Petey and I ate when we were hungry napped when we were tired.  I read, played my guitar and enjoyed the down time.  Wednesday night we had a good scout meeting with local leaders.  I started back about 8:30 and drove to a rest stop outside Eureka. 

Friday morning I drove the rest of the way home and went back to work.  All in all we drove about 1000 miles, saw some beautiful, remote Nevada country and had a great trip. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Waddell & Reed's Honoring our History Tour

Kansas City is home to the only Museum in the country dedicated solely to World War One.  It is also home to Waddell and Reed.  This year is the company's 75th anniversary and the 100 year anniversary to the start of WWI.  The company has built a traveling exhibit to honor those who served in WWI and to raise money for the museum.  If we got a little publicity in the process that would be alright as well.  The rig will go to 75 cities during the year.  It came to Reno in February.  We sent out invitations to our clients and the event was covered very well by the local news media.  We held the event at the Art Museum.  Half of the funds raised went to the Art Museum and half to the WWI Museum.  We were shocked that over 2300 hundred people came to the event.  Usually a client invited event will draw 100 to 200 people.  There was a line of patiently waiting people around the block all day to see the exhibit.  A lot of people brought letters, pictures, and other memorabilia from relatives that had served in the war.  A lot of veterans came.  I don't know yet home money was raised.  The driver of the rig told us that our event was the best attended event so far on the tour.  The company figures that they get 8 - 10 times the value of publicity from the tour as the tour actually costs the company.

Ski Week

One of our favorite times of year is our annual Ski Week at Lake Tahoe.  Jesse and Cori and the Kids came out for a week.  We haven't had a lot of snow this year, but what was lacked in snow was made up in sunshine.  We put the kids in Ski School and by the end the the week they were coming down the hill unassisted.  (Bunny hill)  We played lots of games.  Ate good food and generally had a wonderful time.