I took this picture a week after September 11. The sky was so fiery I thought we were being attacked. I'm not known for getting up early so many will refuse to believe that I took this picture.
How different Las Vegas was from the intellectual and cultural energy in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our previous home. In Ann Arbor, we were dignified college administrators. We attended dinners, seminars, conferences, football parties, (Go Blue) the Big Boule Christmas Party, many college functions and traveled extensively. (There will be more about Ann Arbor in future posts.)
In Las Vegas it was party in the house, party on the strip, party, party, party. Don't be late for the party as it will start on time. Party with this group, party with that group. Many weeks at least two parties and often several parties in a night. The Links, the Boule, the sororities, the fraternities, the Bridge Club, the Urban League, the Carrousels....
We dress for formal affairs several times a year but mostly we have casual parties such as, the Pimp and Ho Party, the Roaring Twenties, Po Ass People, patio parties, swimming parties, birthday parties, picnics, election parties, quick potlucks, anniversary parties, lunch just because, card parties, out-of-town visitors, any excuse work for a party. Even our children, who are in their late 40s and early 50s, came to our parties because we were jammin' and dancing as fast as we could.
Remember we are seniors.
Friends began to get sick, others passed away gently in the night. The infirmities of old age are upon us. Arthur acts up (arthritis), diabetes demands insulin, (at some of our parties diabetics are allowed to get in line first because of the insulin they just took) blood pressure climbs, kidneys fail, knees need replacement, hearts don't pump as well, cataract surgery, chemo, radiation...the body is literally falling apart.
Our party mode has slowed but we are still hanging. Everyone is tired. Who wants to clean up after a party? Now we are glad the party starts at four so we can be home by seven or eight.