Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #215

Our little Community was rocking last weekend during our first Saturday of the month Breakfast. We served 60 people even though we were severely short-staffed. Kip Fjeld, our most eggcellent short order Chef was out of town for the weekend, while Ken Sitz, our other leading Egg-man was away with his wife Teresa, who usually works as cashier. Fortunately, Kip trained Neighbor Steven Carthy, who was a fabulous egg-dude, thank you! So, Patrick Whalen and I raced around taking orders and serving the food, while Katherine Quinn, handled the cashiering end of things. Steve Tuttle ran the grill as usual, while his lovely wife Mary Helen wo-manned the dishes and Jay Babcock played “kitchen-wench”!

Ruth Denison
Jay and I spoke about the recent passing of long-time Copper Mountain Mesa resident, Ruth Denison. She was an amazing woman, who ran her Vipassana retreat center up here for decades. I worked for her several times through the years: yardwork; housekeeping; taking care of her husband Henry until he died and massaging Ruth on a weekly basis. She told me some harrowing stories about her concentration camp experiences and her subsequent immigration to the U.S. Her most frequent advice to me was: “You must be flexible”! The Vipassana Center will be kept up and running by Ruth’s devoted staff and followers. Thank you, Ruth and Bon Voyage!

Our monthly Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board meeting is on this morning, from 10o’clock. Sadly, this is Katherine Quinn’s last meeting as a Board member for a while, as she is moving back to San Diego to take care of her ailing mother. Thank you for all the different Hats you have worn: cleaning lady, Madame President, Cashier, waitress and trusted Friend. We’ll miss you Kathy, please come home soon!

Jim took the bed off the truck because it was all rattled apart. Sadly, B&B wrecking yard in 29Palms did not have a suitable bed for our ‘96 Chevy S-10 pick-up, so now we’re just driving around bedless! If you know of a truck bed for us, please contact me at 760-362-5248. Stay well!

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