We had such a great time in Vernon with the Jeskes.It was like coming home.The first morning we woke up to the sounds of a Praise and Worship session coming from their lounge room,and discovered a room full of people. Often we would find various bodies sleeping all ove the house,including poor Chelsey,who got kicked out of her room for us - thanks Chels! We hung out with the youth,even went 5 pin bowling -I was as great at it as I am at 10 pin bowling -, went op shopping, skied at Silver Star with Deb and Gregg,and all the Aussie workers, and had a great New Years Eve Party up the mountain, seeing the NEw Years in around a fire, with snow falling, whilst dodging firecrackers and snowballs. The Baby Boomers were all completely out of control, ana a Safety Officer's nightmare,while some of the Next Generation,were a little concerned about the proximity of the fireworks to the fire and people, not mentioning the use of the blow torch to dry the wooden benches next to the fire!!! Everyone was really welcoming,and we felt like we had been part of the group for ages.
The quest to catch up with ex Taurenhoffers continued here. One day, we were discussing various students we would like to have contact with,wondering where they were, whe I received an email forwarded by the church, from one such person, Byron Climenhaga, wanting to reconnect.We replied that we were in Vernon, spoke to him on the phone in Edmonton, and as a result, he and his wife Deb drove 8 hours to come and visit us all. It was so much fun, and the same stories came up as always do whenwe catch up with our group!! We also managed to find another ex student, Craig Luciak, and his wife Karen, son Jordan in Kelowna,so visited them one day. Its hard to believe that we met 31 years ago, and yet carry on converations as if no time has passed!.
After church on Saturday night we went to Wal Mart to play hide and seek, but ended up chatting to a friend, before going to visit a couple of Iranian friends at their house.It was a fascinating evening.
Sam and Gregg spent as much time as possible stirring each other up for their accents,Deb and I were much more mature - Deb is now Queen of the Tim Tam slam! We also had some great games of Rook. Ah memories. It was also good to get some good music in as well. We went to a Music night at the church, as well as to an open mike night at Blenz Coffee on our last eveinng in Vernon to hear Caeb, Amber and Kayley's debut performance, as well as lots of other locals. It was a great night - we even had a Johnny Cash impersonator, and a young lad who announced that his last song was a "geazer pleaser"for all of us on one side of the room!! Huh!!! It was pretty sad to leave Vernon- that has been the story of our lives everywhere really. Hopefully some of our friends will make it "Down Under" sometime.