GATHERING AT THE BASE OF THE FLATIRONS:
REUNION IN BOULDER, COLORADO
SEPTEMBER 17,18,  2004
FLATIRONS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT RANGE, BOULDER, COLORADO
In 1959, through a series of complicated circumstances focused on a girl I was trying to marry, I transferred to the University of Colorado, from San Jose State.  While the engagement did not endure, I did.  In the following months, I met my future wife, Susan, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi  Sorority, and I grew to know a dozen or so members of the C.U. Class of 1961.  We guys all lived in Baker Hall, Kiowa/Delta Wing, if memory serves me correctly, and if it does not, then my roommate, Cliff Sailer, will set me right.  (He did.)

In the decades since graduation, this group has gathered in Boulder at five year intervals, and I have attended some of these reunions.  Since we all acknowledged that we have life-span limits in sight, we decided in 2001 to meet every 3 years, a rendevous planned for Friday/Saturday, September 18/19th.   

The event always takes place when CU is playing a home football game against a weak opponent, thus making tickets available.  Cliff plans each reunion, gets tickets for everyone who wants to go the game, arranges a caterer, instructs as to the time-table, and provides little caches of cola, beer and other adult substances for the Friday evening gathering.  At the end of the event, each member gets "a number."  They then send Cliff a check, and beg him to do this again...this time suggesting just "two years from now".

We will see.  While I have not kept detailed notes on the careers and life spans of all of the group, I noticed two things.  Most were studying engineering, but there was a smattering of science and business majors, and one history student.
Secondly, of this group, to this date, five have lost their wives to illness.  Only one of us has passed on, and he after the loss of his first wife.  So statistically speaking one can say that a woman does not want to marry a CU graduate from Delta Wing, Baker Hall. 
A DAY WITH CLIFF AND JOAN
Events are so busy during the reunion, that Cliff and I decided to fly into Boulder two days early so we could spend some time visiting quietly. He and Joan joined Linda and me for meals which we sandwiched around a search that Linda and I made for "luxury apartments" with great views of the mountains. It seems that everyplace we visit, we spend some time asking the question of whether we would want to live there.
BREAKFAST IN THE PEDESTRIAN MALL, DOWNTOWN BOULDER
CLIFF ASKS STRANGER WHERE WE SHOULD HAVE BREAKFAST. SHE REFERRED US TO THE BOULDER DUSHAMBE TEAHOUSE.
IN 1987, BOULDER BECAME A SISTER CITY TO DUSHAMBE, TAJIKISTAN (west of China, north of Afghanistan and Pakistan).  To celebrate this union, 40 artisans in Dushambe worked for three years to create the design of hand-carved and hand-painted  mosaics, sculptures, exterior ceramic tiles and columns found in this teahouse. These features were then taken apart and shipped to Boulder accompanied by four Dushambe artists who supervised its reconstruction.
THE SEVEN BEAUTIES represent the daughters of the seven countries portrayed in a 12th century poem by Nizami Ganjami.  According to legend, the Shaw of Iran, Bahram Goir, had them brought to him and made them his coterie of wives.  The sculptures portray honesty, virtue and kindness.
BREAKFAST OUTDOORS
YOUNG, WET AND FREE
ADMIRING SCULPTURE AS WE WALK ABOUT THE PEDESTRIAN MALL BEFORE AND AFTER BREAKFAST. ABOUT THE ONLY DISAGREEABLE THING WE SAW WAS A SOLITARY SMOKER, PUFFING AWAY AT A REGULAR PACE.
After a great breakfast in the courtyard, Linda and I went looking at luxury apartments.  We were so impressed with the scenery and beautiful surroundings of Boulder that we thought living there and breathing clean air under blue skies was an idea to explore.
EASTERN VIEW OF HORIZON APARTMENTS AT ROCK CREEK, COLORADO.  FOR THE WESTERN VIEW SEE BELOW.
THE FLATIRONS, ALWAYS COMPELLING!
SCULPTURE AT ENTRY TO ROCK CREEK
ESTES PARK, COLORADO. WE SPENT SOME TIME THERE ON SATURDAY AND BOUGHT THE FOLLOWING PENCIL DRAWINGS.
"STORY TIME "
(Godlilock and the Three Bears)
Learning from mother that there is another world of the imagination.  [Print 568 of 950]
Artist, J.D. Hillberry
"LET'S GO GRANDPA"
Drawing by J.D. Hillberry
www.JDHArt.com
"DANCE FLOOR KISS"
[Print 73 Of 500]
J.D. Hillberry, artist
BAKER HALL, WHERE CLIFF AND I ROOMED TOGETHER
IN THE TOP, EXPANDED ROOM WITH THREE WINDOWS.
SIDE OF MEATCUTTING ROOM WHERE MEN PREPARED DAILY RATIONS OF ROAST FOR THE DORMS, AND I HELPED ANOTHER STUDENT CLEAN UP EACH DAY.
FARRAND HALL, WHERE CLIFF SHOVELED THE SNOW UP BOTH SETS OF STAIRS AND DOWN THE SIDEWALK SO THE WOMEN WOULD NOT SLIP AND FALL
Alpha Omicron Pi
Susan's sorority house when we met.
APARTMENT IN BASEMENT WAS OUR HOME WHEN RICK WAS BORN. OUR HOME WHEN RANDY WAS BORN. IT HAS NOT BEEN WELL MAINTAINED.
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