Fool us once shame on you, fool us twice or three or four times shame on us. We should have known that when an agreement is reached that involves the cottage, David Meyer, David Symons, and Phil Sturtz, nothing is as it seems.
Arrived in camp this morning to gather up the items that mother and Katy wanted, expecting to see David Meyer and Rick Symons and who do we see, but David Meyer, David Symons and Phil Sturtz. The three musketeers, all laden down with their inventory list's and clip boards in hand. Now in some degree of fairness we showed up eight strong, and perhaps our numbers were overwhelming to them, hard to monitor the activities of all of us to make sure we didn't take an extra glass, or an ashtray, or a plate. And to top that off, Phil tried to inform us that David Meyer had allocated an hour and if we didn't have our stuff out when he left, the doors would be locked and we would be out of luck.
What really pissed us off was we had spent considerable time detailing everything that was ours, room by room, and had a plan laid out that would have had us in and out in a reasonable amount of time. But what did we find upon our arrival, they had piled everything in the kitchen and back room and from the moment we walked in they were on us to get this stuff out of here and get it out now. And for the record, it was pouring rain out side, but that made no difference to them. We had no way of knowing if the items we were going to take were there or not, and our every move to seek items in other parts of the cottage were met with looks of distrust, and we were followed at our every move, we felt like accused shoplifters. So much for that trusting feeling that David Meyer assured us of.
At one point, someone in our group asked if it was possible to use the bathroom, that request was denied. Classy, you expect anything less from "your" association president?
In light of the on going monsoon, we were able to keep our great sense of humor, and we got everything we wanted loaded up. Before bidding adu we gathered one last time on the front porch and toasted to all the great times we had in Lakeside over the past 40, 50, and 80 years respectively, knowing that we always took the high road throughout this ordeal and we can walk among our many friends with our heads held high. I can't say the same for them.
We will be back, probably the day of the pig roast since there were items that we could not get out, and this will allow us to enjoy the camaraderie of all our great friends from Lakeside, Cottage Grove and Pinewoods, one more time. Hope to see most everyone then.
I promised a while ago that I would be recapping the events of the past 3 years because of the many requests from you loyal readers. There is much that has not been written about, and I owe it to those who have stuck by us and will do so in three installments, beginning in May, and finishing in July. Please stay tuned.
Rumor has it that another cook book might be in the works, if you have an interest please let me know, if have a recipe to share, sent it to me, you'll be properly recognized.