Monday: Well, we are off! I will try to be less wordy and more picturey – you know – right brain stuff. Anyhow, Laura drove over from Nevada City Sunday night and stayed with us (April 13, 2014) so she could take us to the airport the next morning. What a wonderful thing to do for Judy and me. We only had one-way tickets, hoping to buy a car in Arkansas and drive home. Upon arrival we took a shuttle to Budget rent-a-car in Little Rock – drove out and had dinner at the Red Lobster – picked up food at Whole Foods – got a power supply at Apple for my MacBook Pro – and headed for the Village . . .got our keys to the condo . . .and went to bed.
Tuesday: We spent unpacking, organizing, and driving around re-orienting ourselves to the village. That night, we went to a dinner play about the Titanic. We got there and they had cards at our table to tell us and others at the table who we were in the play – ie: Judy was Selena Cook, a 2nd class passenger, age 22, and a resident of Oxford, England . . . and my name was Percy Cornelius Taylor, a 2nd class passenger, age 40, a resident of London, England, and a Titanic musician who played the piano. (amazing – when I was in college I considered playing the piano on a cruise ship) On the other side of the card . . .and at each table there were bottles of champagne . . . Many of the village residents were in costumes that depicted the dress in that epic event. It was a fun night meeting others and being a part of this program. The dinner show included a lady who sang for the ship’s entertainment and she was great!!
Wednesday: I got up in the morning and prayed to God about finding a car to buyWithin a few hours I found, on Craigslist, a 2005 van like the one that we bought here in Hot Springs 5 years ago. The positives were: an 86 thousand mile odometer, regular service records, clean title, very clean car, & $3500 below Kelly blue book. The negative was it was in Oklahoma. After many more hours of looking I could not find any other car to fit our wish list. So, I bought into Carfax, looked it up, and it checked out very positive. I phoned the man and he said that he would hold it for us. The next morning we took the 4 hour one-way trek, bought the car, and returned to HSV – 8 hours of straight driving. Judy, as always, was such a trooper – following me in our new car as we got home late that evening. We took the rental car back and WALLA! . . . Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: The village has weekly garage, yard, & estate sales . . .and . . . Good Friday: Thanking God, more driving and filling of the van in the morning, lunch, and I went and played golf in the afternoon. Later, I phoned Judy and she informed me that at 3:00PM she caught. . . proof! That evening we went to a concert . . . he was fun to watch – and so was the lady in the row in front of us who jumped up frequently clapping and screaming. (and the average age in the audience is @70 years old)
Saturday: We slept in and got up about 11AM, went to another sale, returned and attended a “Wine & Art” show. A couple that we met at the Titanic table invited us. They were showing their art at the show. Easter Sunday: At 8:30AM . . .and listened to . . .and after the service . . . and . . . What a tiring but fantastic week we have had! Thank you Lord Jesus and thanks to you guys if you have gotten this far.
Love Judy and George