First off, I'd like to welcome all the new followers I have! Yahoo! Thanks so much for hopping aboard this crazy train!
Secondly, I'd like to apologize for being a bad fellow blogger and not commenting so much (or at all) on your posts. I am WAY BEHIND on that! I am struggling to find time to get my OWN posts up! I agreed to a HUGE undertaking at this resort/park where we stay for the winter. I was asked by the Activities Director,
"Take pictures of all the groups."
Now, that may not sound bad, but in reality? I've spent the last three weeks running or bicycling around to all the events and snapping pictures. This park averages about TWENTY events a DAY! Our park has 1,500 sites and is made up of 3 parks: Val Vista, Fiesta, and Ranchos. But they all fall under the parent name of Val Vista Village.
Here's an example of MONDAY'S schedule:
Ladies Bible Study
Mex. Train Dominoes (VVV)
Beginning Line Dance
Village Charity Quilters
Joyfull Sounds Pract.
Mexican Train Dominoes (Fiesta)
Low Impact Aerobics
Early Risers Water Aerobics
Aqua Guys and Gals
Whew! Do you feel my pain? I've taken over 1000 photos in three weeks! I try to get a "group" shot, then some action shots. The group shot is going into a pictorial book that is being printed for the park; the actions shots (I'm selecting 3-4 of each group) are going into a slide show. So...this project has literally CONSUMED me. I've had to set my alarm to get up early to catch some of the early water aerobic classes. (I'm a night owl!)
The plus side of doing this project is that I have learned about so many activities here in the park that I wasn't aware of at all. Sometimes I would just walk through the clubhouse and peek in the different rooms. If I saw an activity going I, I'd walk in, ask what it was, and snap pictures. One evening I saw two tables of people working with their hands, using small tools. I walked in and said, "Hi! Are you making jewelry?"
A man answered, "Hardly. We're fly fishing!" They were making lures!
Oops! My bad! He was kind enough not to kick me out and I took a few pictures!
I am amazed at how many people are out after dark.
If Jim and I don't have any plans - like happy hour somewhere, a dance, etc., we are tucked into our trailer.
Obviously, not about 30% of the rest of the park! Nope! They are out playing cards, dominoes, bingo, line dancing, whatever!
I met a man last week - never saw him before in the park - but since I started taking photos have seen him at least 5 times. He told me that he plays cards 10 times a week! He said, "It keeps my brain sharp!"
I would think so! Just keeping the SCHEDULE straight would be hard!
I have met a lot of nice people through doing this.
The negative side of doing this project is that I am exhausted, I'm stressed to finish it, AND I had three people yell at me. I know. I can't let these people spoil it for the rest of the nice people.
I STILL have a few more pictures to take, but I am now mostly in the editing stages.
So, please bare with me.