THE DULLES LOUNGERS OCTOBER 2009 NEWSLETTER Inviting all United Airlines retirees, spouses, and friends to an afternoon of good company, good food, and good conversations, on Wednesday, October 14th, 12:30pm at the Golden Corral in Manassas (10801 Bulloch Drive).
Our Loungers President, Linda Scriven, is taking a well-deserved cruise with Camilla Warner from Seattle to Florida via the Panama Canal this month. Lucy Chatlain has graciously volunteered to host the October meeting. If anyone has a speaker or wants a particular subject covered in the coming months, please feel free to bring it to Linda’s attention. Linda will return for the November meeting and tell us all about her fantastic trip.
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What a wonderful surprise to see Dave and DeeDee Bryce (retired IADCS) at our September meeting. They moved to Tom’s River NJ after Dave’s retirement. A few weeks ago they were sitting around their neighbor’s pool when all of a sudden half the table went black with a bird’s shadow. DeeDee looked up and said she thought it was an eagle. Dave was not so sure! One very weird thing was that there were no other birds to be seen or heard. All of a sudden this big bird took off and flew to the pine tree in their front yard. It was a full size bald eagle. It was an absolutely magnificent sight. The eagle stayed up there for about 45 minutes, then left. The next morning it returned to the same pine tree. Dave will tell you that seeing one of these birds in the wild, especially that close, was a real thrill. Al and Lyn Craven (retired IADRR) recently took a lovely train ride on the Potomac Eagle out of Romney WV through the mountains of West Virginia. Here is their story: “The train ride would be wonderful in October with the leaves changing color. They give a senior discount to folks over 62. Cost was about $40 per ticket. We got there at 10:30am and they let us board at 11am. We left on the dot of 11:30am and came back at 3pm. The last 40 miles to Romney is on a 2 lane curvy road – would definitely want to do this in the daylight due to critters like deer.
We had coach seats – go figure, story of our life! – anyway, the cars were pretty empty so lots of stretch room. The seats are very comfortable and you can flip the seat around so it faces another seat. Each seat holds 2 adults. You want to sit on the left side when you walk on the train. There are eagles to be seen and we saw a small deer in the river getting a drink. There was a group of about 15 to 20 guys in the river with canoes and they mooned us as we passed. Too funny. Make sure people take their heart meds – ha! You can contact the railroad via the internet, www.potomaceagle.info; phone, 304/424-0736; or by mail, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, PO Box 657, Romney WV 26757. We just called the day before and booked over the phone. They took my credit card and had tickets waiting at the red caboose.”
Don Browder (retired IADCS) did a great job of trying to see about group rates for this adventure. However,
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the Train wanted anywhere from $200 to $500 deposit. Since we didn’t have any numbers at the September meeting, we set this aside. Keep it in mind for next year and let Linda know if you’re interested in this trip! Dave and Bev Thompson (retired IADCS), will be in the Virginia area the first weekend of October to attend a funeral. If you’d like to contact them, please give them a call at 951/301-8493. Their address is 29413 Hidden Lake Drive, Menifee CA 92584 or email@example.com. They would love to hear from their former coworkers.
Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1!!
Frank Contento (retired IADRR) continues to work hard to regain his muscle strength and fight the pneumonia. He was moved back over to the Washington Hospital Center but is hoping to return to the Rehab Center soon to start therapy again. Your get well wishes may be sent to him via his son, C/O Matthew Contento, 4451A Beacon Grove Circle, Fairfax VA 22033. He sure has had a tough time. Your support is truly helping him through this difficult time and he is extremely grateful for your cards and prayers. Rick Koski (retired IAD00) recently suffered a fall while working on his house and tore his Achilles Tendon. He underwent surgery to repair the damage. He’s limited to what he can do now and is sad not to be able to drive his beloved school bus for about 10 weeks. If you’d like to send him some words of cheer, please contact him through his email, NO1KOSKI@aol.com. We hope he is back on his feet soon and will return to keeping those kids safe on their way to and from school.
Our United family was saddened to learn of the death of Rhonda (Cassel) Adkins (retired IADSW) on September 10. Rhonda never knew a stranger and was always a great hostess, whether on an airplane, in her home or yours. She loved people and they in turn loved her. May she rest in peace and always be cherished in all of our memories. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Sympathy cards may be sent to her husband, Howard Adkins, at 906 Nelson St, Lady Lake FL 32159 or to her mother, Marion Hickman, at 2207 Roosevelt Blvd, Apt 2, Winchester VA 22601. A Celebration of Rhonda’s Life will be held on October 17, 110/29/2009
Page 4 of 5 4pm at the Perkins Restaurant, 711 Millwood Avenue, Winchester VA. Please RSVP to Pat Burch by October 14 if you plan on attending (540/545-7010 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Alstork (Al) Moore (retired IADCG) passed away peacefully on July 24. His funeral was held on August 1. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Collier County FL. Your condolence thoughts may be sent to Geraldine Moore, 3390 Mystic River Drive, Naples FL 34120. A memorial service for Eugene Von Gonten (retired IADTR) was held on September 26. Geno’s seniority with UAL extended back to 1956. His family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept, 8277 Patton Lane, Manassas VA 20111. Condolences may be sent to www.foundandsons.com or mailed to his wife, Nancy Von Gonten, PO Box 230644, Centreville VA 20120-0644. Geno attended many of our Lounger luncheons since his retirement in 1993 and we will miss him.
October 5 Fred Bena October 10 John Domalik October 12 Sharon Burbank October 12 Bobbie Russell October 14 Jane Mickey October 18 Sim Stidham October 21 Walter Geltinger October 23 Camilla Warner October 26 Ted Richardson October 30 Ann Gritis
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” Linus Van Pelt in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Please contact the Loungers’ officers with information about 10/29/2009
Page 5 of 5 illnesses, deaths, special events, anniversaries, or whenever news should be shared with others. Linda Scriven, 703/729-8616 or UALEMP5936@aol.com; Mari McColl, 703/471-8218 or Marimccoll@aol.com; Judy Dunlap, 703/689-0653 Please see www.dullesloungers.com , “Sunshine News”, for updates on members. And be sure to check out “Airline Humor” – courtesy of our fantastic webmaster, Bud Reed.
Next Meeting is November 11th.