It has been a very interesting week. Gina and I have spent a lot of time on Facebook. I'm not quite sure how it happened. I set up a Facebook account on February 24, 2007. My next entry was July 8, 2008. I had never really used the account until last week. Gina's sister had a Facebook account, so Gina decided she would start one. She joined on February 2nd. She already has connected with 67 friends and family members. One of the most interesting things that happened was connecting with a number of high school classmates that we hadn't been in contact with in 35 years. It seemed that the stars aligned just right, and several classmates became active on Facebook this week.
Besides classmates, I had several people that I had lost track of who contacted me through Facebook. If you aren't a part of the Facebook community yet, I highly recommend it.
THE LANDING IN BRANSON. MISSOURI
One of the classmates that we heard from this week on Facebook, we had met under unusual circumstances back in May of 2007. Gina and I had gone to Branson, Missouri with a friend. While we were there we visited The Landing, which is an outdoor mall on the banks of Lake Taneycomo.
On of the interesting things about The Landing, other than the shopping and restaurants, is the spectacular water attraction that features water, fire, light and music. There is a dazzling interplay of water fountains shooting 120-foot geysers and fire cannons blasting, all choreographed to light and music.
WATER FOUNTAIN SHOW AT THE LANDING
We were watching the fountain show while we were waiting for a table at Cantina Laredo. While we were there watching with hundreds of people, Gina turned to me and asked, "does that woman remind you of Sandy". "She sure does", I concurred. Neither one of us had seen her in over 30 years. As the show ended this woman went into the Cantina Laredo. Gina said, "I'm going to go find out if it is Sandy", and she disappeared into the restaurant. As you have probably figured out, It was our high school acquaintance. We dined that evening with her and her husband, and had a great time catching up. It was a lovely coincidence that we were both at the same place at the same time after so many years.
Have you ever met an old acquaintance in a place you never expected to?
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.