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Funding Drive Launched For New Audio Visual Equipment
by Nancy Johns
Can you hear us, my old friends, We've come to talk to you again, Because the new sound will be splendid, And the clearness open-ended. And the thought that we will really comprehend Will come true. There'll be no sound of silence! To make this true depends on you We need some bucks–yes, quite a few, You'll hear the sounds that you've been missing, And not just a bunch of hissing. So get out your book–the one that's filled with checks-- Write one out, Let's stop the sound of silence! Parody by Jack Bishop
With the musical tones of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence," HPP Residents learned at the September 4th meeting we will no longer need to put up with disruptive silences in the auditorium. We want everyone to hear everything!
The six-month's work of a resident and staff committee resulted in accepting a bid to bring our Audio Visual equipment up to today's standards. After serious investigation the Committee learned there was no quick or inexpensive fix to the existing problems. Sixteen thousand dollars is in the 2012-13 HPP Budget to help make this a reality. To move the project forward immediately additional funds are needed. Thus, the funding drive was launched.
A small insert was enclosed in the HPP Foundation brochure; along with a donation card and envelope which were placed in resident's boxes after the 09/04 meeting. In the first week alone, HPP residents demonstrated their generosity by donating $5480.
You may keep up-to-date on the drive by checking out the Graph of Giving in the Mail Room.
Detailed information concerning the new equipment is available at the front desk. Our goal is to raise $30,000. (The Audio Visual and Production Fund is now a permanent fund of the HPP Foundation and any money raised beyond what is needed at this time will remain for future needs.)
"…So get out your book–the one that's filled with checks… Write one out, let's stop the sounds of silence."
Seeking Six Curious Residents
When the new audio-visual system is ready in the Penthouse, we will need residents who are willing to give of their time to learn how it functions and to occasionally lend a hand in its operation.
Are you curious? Let your interest be known by speaking to a member of the AV Upgrade Committee:
- Forrest Romig x 878
- Val Gauen x 391
- Robbie Robertson x 949
- Nancy Johns x 702
Training sessions will be arranged for your convenience.
The Sycamore Society Holds Second Annual Meeting
by Bob Guth
On August 29, The Sycamore Society inducted Lola Raz and Margaret Tator into the organization. We also mourned the loss of Mary Magers and Pomona Makela. Read more
Do You Remember?
by Aunt Betsy aka Lee Forsythe
Celebrating Halloween? Did you ever think about the history of Halloween going back at least 2,000 years? Probably not. All I was thinking about was what I might get in my sack. Unlike the Celts who started Halloween. They put out treats and food for the spirits they felt roamed the streets at the end of their year. Read more
From the Lanai: Wrapping Up and Moving On…
by Gloria Zeal Davis
Thanks for all the nice comments you've made during this last month about my column on Best Advice. It is always rewarding, as a writer, to have "hit the right note." Only one person actually shared on paper another piece of sage advice, useful in her own life. "Never lose your sense of humor," wrote Anne Dutriz. That's a great one! I wish she had shared some examples. However, I'll bet each one of us could describe at least one instance in which humor calmed the nerves and prevented a meltdown…or worse. We can still include them in our next column, if you wish to share.
Meanwhile, another good title has been suggested. Let's think about our Very Best Memory…old memory, recent memory, whatever incident still shines brightest when you consider the sizable span of your interesting past life. This time, DO participate, for the pleasure of all of us! Someone else's "moment" may even serve to re-spark a golden nugget from your own memory bank! Jot it down, stick it in my in-house mail, #911, or tell it to me, in person or by phone, and I'll write it out for you. Let's all share and enjoy some warm, pleasing moments on memory lane together.
An example? Sure…When I was six, as I dawdled down the stairs for breakfast one school morning, both parents stopped me at the bottom and ordered, in no uncertain terms, "Go down to the basement for a minute." After I had whined "Why?" my father further instructed, "Now!" Oh dear, had I done something wrong? Had I left a mess in my toy area the afternoon before? This sounded important. So, reluctantly and alone, one foot at a time, I started down those dark stairs toward where I could see light below. Tentatively, I approached the curve to the bottom step.
And then I gasped! On the ping-pong table, laid out on a cuddle of flannel blanket, spread the tawny body of Mickey, our little Irish terrier, and around her six squirming, damp, newborn puppies squeezed together, each nuzzling onto his own faucet while burrowing against Mom's welcoming form. Her face shone with pride! It was such a lovely, warm sight, beyond my wildest imaginings, one that still stirs pleasure in memory as I, once a little city girl, think back over those eighty years to one of life's profoundly simple, simply lovely moments.
I'll wager that each one of you recalls a moment of similar delight. Won't you please share with us? Be in touch with me by October 16th, so we can add it to the next edition.
Arts & Crafts
by Lois Manookian
Craft classes with Audrey Mitchell will continue through November. Please call her at #899 if you have questions.
In October we will have a new Gallery show paintings by Joyce Olson. Not yet a resident, Joyce and her husband have applied for an apartment at HPP. Joyce often swims with the early morning group. Her beautiful work, mostly watercolors, has been juried into many shows around Portland. We welcome her to the Plaza Gallery.
The series of art (drawing) classes I will offer in October-November will begin October 5th. We had many more sign up than the room can accommodate, so another class will be offered early in the new year. The first seven people to sign up will have received a small notice from me. Keep your eye on the Portland Art Museum. They are offering a changing group of fine shows this fall and winter.
Words of Wellness
by Renè Swar, Wellness Director
Exactly a year ago I wrote an article for the Plaza Review about the six dimensions of wellness. I thought it would be an excellent time for a little review. Read more
More Words From Wellness
by Susan Maselli, Assistant Wellness Director
HOLLADAY PARK PLAZA GOES TO THE DOGS
On Friday August 31st, The Plaza said goodbye to a dear old friend, Odard the assisted-therapy Old English Sheep Dog who has been a constant visitor to the residents on Health and Residential Care as well as independent residents.
Our big fluffy gentle friend brought comfort and smiles to the faces of residents for many years. His well-performed, special trick…being shot with a "BANG," collapsing on the floor, lying perfectly still and then dancing up a storm…on his back! What a charmer! Many a resident relished the chance to get to "shoot" Odard, and he performed every single time.
Greg Dutton, Odard's owner said he will miss coming in to visit and share time with residents. Upon their "retirement" Greg and Odard were honored with a special plaque thanking them for their years of service and Odard was rewarded with a giant goody bag of treats and cookies!
Odard is the fourth Old English that Greg has adopted from the Old English Sheep Dog Rescue based here in the Pacific NW. These adorable lit- tle fluff balls of puppies grow very quickly into very large dogs with mountains of hair. Owners find their care to be overwhelming and often abandon them or turn them over to the rescue group. So Greg has promised that after a time he will be back to visit with his new "rescued sheepie!" We are all waiting eagerly for that day!
But do not despair! In the mean time we have a new youngster, Scooter, a two-year-old English owned by Betsy Rice. Betsy and Scooter have taken up the "leash" so to speak and have fallen quickly into Greg and Odard's footsteps. Many residents were on hand to meet Scooter and Betsy and will be looking forward to their visits. They visit every other Friday, generally starting with the first Friday of the month at 2:30. Please check the VCTV for the exact days they will be visiting.
We are so grateful to Greg and Odard for their years of friendly visits! We will miss them both. They will always be in our memory.
OCTOBER 10th, WISE BUYS ANNUAL FASHION SHOW
The annual fashion show returns during the Wednesday Social hour, from 2-3pm in the Main Lounge. Twelve lovely ladies will model two outfits each; one casual and sporty and one in glitzy evening wear. Half-time entertainment will be provided by Bob and Barbie Thompson who will take us on a tour of "Fashion Through the Ages." Not to be missed!
This year for the first time we will have four men modeling as well and two of the Plaza's "fashion forward" couples!
Be sure to mark your calendars and come early for a front row seat. You don't want to miss a minute of the show!
THE SECOND ANNUAL HOLLADAY BAZAAR
We are preparing for the second annual Holladay Bazaar on Saturday November 10th from 10am to 4pm on the Main Floor in the lounge, halls and fitness studio. We have many returning vendors and several new ones. We will feature wine tasting by "Hip Chicks Do Wine." Wine will be available for tasting and for sale by the bottle or case. Wise Buys will have their "holiday shop" open for those early holiday bargains.
We are looking for nine to ten people who are willing to be greeters throughout the day. Please contact me at Ext. 886 if you are interested.
More information will follow in the November issue of the Plaza Review.
You won't want to miss this opportunity for early holiday shopping FUN!
Notice To Both Political Parties--And Others
by Edward Engelberg
I'm the bus. And I've had it. For two years you've all been throwing things under me. How much can I take? In the old days you didn't abuse me. You took the train! Read more
Submitted by Jean Matsumoto
A girl potato and boy potato had eyes for each other, and finally they got married and had a little sweet potato which they called Yam. Of course, they wanted the best for Yam. When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and end up with a bunch of tater tots.
Yam said not to worry, no spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her! But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a couch potato either. She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her shoestring cousins.
When she went off to Europe, Mr. and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French fries.
And when she went out West, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped.
Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn't associate with those high-class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say 'Frito Lay.'
Mr. and Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University) so that when she graduated she'd really be in the chips.
But in spite of all they did for her, one day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Tom Brokaw. Tom Brokaw! Mr. and Mrs. Potato were very upset. They told Yam she couldn't possibly marry Tom Brokaw because he's just.......Are you ready for this? A COMMONTATER!
Is This Me?
by Aunt Crabb
When my niece Sara was born, her father who couldn't spell kept on telling his wife he wanted her name spelled Sarajeen, just the way it sounded. Well, Sara's a sweet girl who's had no end of trouble when she meets new people who think she's made a mistake when she tells them how her name is spelled. When we get together she always has a new story about it. So when she called to ask me to go shopping with her I heard the latest one about a coach who thought she was trying to be funny.
I said, "You should've told her it's spelled that way 'cause your dad don't know how to spell and he insisted that they put it down that way on your birth certificate. That's what I woulda done."
But Sara's a dear girl who wouldn't do that. Later I thought that's maybe why she brought me on this shopping trip. She was looking for some new pants and tops, and she found just what she wanted without any fuss. Tried them on, they fit, so we walked on up to the cash register to pay and then go to lunch. The saleslady rang up the stuff, put her credit card through their little machine, stuck the stuff in a bag, handed her card and bag to her and said, "Here you are." And Sara politely said, "Thank you." Well, to my mind, it was the saleslady who should've been saying that, but instead, she says, "No problem." And Sara looks at me and quickly says, "Come on, Aunt C—let's go to lunch." She knew I was about to say something.
Then guess what? The same thing happens in the restaurant. I order my food and when the waiter brings it, I say "Thank you."
He pipes up with "No problem."
Well this time Sara just shook her head and smiled as I looked at him and said, "Well, I didn't think it was. After all, it's your job. But for your information, the polite response to a person who says thank you is 'you're welcome.'"
And he says, "Okay, no problem."
Is this just me?
A Brief History of Unselfish Giving by HPP Residents
Those of us who are "new-comers" to HPP tend to take for granted many of the amenities that we enjoy. As chair of the Committee to Upgrade the Audio Visual Equipment in the Penthouse, I became curious about the history of where and how the present equipment came about. One conversation led to others as I uncovered a number of unsung heroes. Here is what I gathered from interviews with Berkeley Ormond, Lyle Larsen, Bob Thompson and Dorothy Hughart.
In the late 1980s a sound system was installed for Vesper Services. Then in 1997 a "surround-sound" system was put in place that turned out to be complicated and not adequate for drama or musical presentations. Virginia (Ginny) Polley was instrumental in putting on a number of musical reviews called, "Music and Mirth". However, she became frustrated with the sound system and in 2002 wrote out a "rather generous check". She requested that her "seed money" be used to raise funds to purchase a new sound system. Berkeley Ormond took up the challenge, chaired the fundraising committee which raised the needed money from residents in less than a week. Dave Hake and Lyle Larsen researched what was needed and purchased equipment which was the best technology at the time. Later Bob Thompson learned a cabinet and staging area was needed for this equipment. He went to work with his carpentry skills and build it! In 2006 the auditorium was renovated which included the installation of new, up-graded speakers in the ceiling.
Bob Thompson filled me in on the dance floor and stage amenities. In the 1990's: there were a number of "young" couples at HPP who liked to dance. Once a month dinner dances were held in the auditorium and a dance floor was rented for $200 a month. Bob decided he could build one for a lot less – and he did!! Soon after this Dorothy Hughart was directing the play "I Remember Mama" which had a large cast. The stage simply was not adequate – she needed more space. Once again, Bob came to the rescue and with a couple
sheets of plywood and scrounged 2x4's he build the existing extension.
How grateful we are that these residents – and many un-named others – cared enough to give of themselves and their money for our benefit. Now it is our turn to leave a legacy to the residents who will follow us. We have the opportunity through the HPP Foundation Audio Visual Fund to assure state-of-the-art technology.
Meet "The Moles"
by Lindsey Daniel
In addition to the salespeople who work in the Wise Buys shop, there is a backup team fondly called "the moles." That is because they spend so much time underground, working in the Wise Buys annex on BP. And like the burrowing animals for which they're named, these moles move mountains, bit by bit. Almost every item donated to the resale shop goes through the hands of at least one mole. Read more
Attention Opera Lovers
by Cecil Conklin
Tickets are now on sale at the Lloyd Center Theater for the fall and winter season of the Metropolitan Opera HD films.
The season begins with the joyous comedy L'Elisir d'Amore starring Anna Nebtrenko and Matthew Polenzani on October 13, followed by Guiseppe Verdi's masterpiece Otello, starring Johan Botha and the much-loved Renee Fleming on October 27.
More to come:
- The Tempest by Ades Nov. 10
- La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart Dec. 1
- Un Ballo de Maschera by Verdi Dec. 8
- Aida by Verdi Dec. 15
- Les Troyens by Berlioz Jan. 5
- Maria Stuarda by Donizetti Jan. 19
- Rigoletto by Verdi Feb. 16
- Parsifal by Wagner March 2
- Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai March 16
by Barbara Euler
What is it about heights or altitude that is so compelling? Do we want to feel superior by looking down on the world or are we reaching for heaven, as the Psalm says, "I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help." Risking lives many mountaineers need lots of help as they challenge Mt. Everest or attempt the scaling of the highest peak in each state or continent. Pent housing is more desirable and expansive than lowers floors. We pay to see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams and regret that The Fontaine screens Mt. Jefferson and the Sisters. Scots high-landers feel superior to Lowlanders. Dubai just lost the lead in the race for the world's tallest building, once led by the Empire State Bldg; now Jakarta leads. The Sears Tower, Eiffel Tower, Space Needle, etc., are hardly worth remembering. Alfred Hitchcock produced two movie thrillers in which height fueled the plot: Mt. Rushmore in "North By Northwest" and the Statue of Liberty in "Saboteur."
Pattie Page made popular "On Top of Old Smokey," and "The Hills of Home" was a once popular concert solo. Rome was built on Seven Hills and the winter Olympics depends on snowy hills for ski and luge events. Ski resorts world-wide need heights and the snowfields thereon.
So we must thank Elisha Otis for his invention of the elevator, thus making skyscrapers possible. And thank NASA, too, whose developments take us so far up, we even leave the earth's surface!
by Jack Bishop
Organist, entertainer Don Feely will be making a welcome return to the Plaza on October 9. He will return with his silent movies and his inimitable piano and organ accompaniment. Read more