Issue 275 — We Get Visitors

Issue 275    —    The Paregien Journal    —    April 25, 2014

We Get Visitors

by Stan Paregien Sr.

There’s a joke down here in Paradise to the effect that only after you move here do you suddenly become popular with those relatives who refused to speak to you for years, and with those high school classmates you thought had died years back, and with friends of your friends who stop in to give you your friend’s best wishes.

As I said, it is a joke. But it is only funny because there is an element of truth in it. This is a Big Tourist State with loads of things to see and do, so people do seem to flock here to see the new resident in town. And, hey, that is okay with us. Peggy and I are people persons, so we enjoy seeing our family and friends from far places, even friends of our friends. Those in that last category, however, we limited to a two-night stay. 

Here are some of the folks who have blessed us with a visit since we moved here:

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Glenda & James Cotton with Stan & Peggy Paregien at the Ringling Mansion & Museum

in Sarasota Florida on Oct. 25, 2013

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We tend to go a little crazy when guest come. Glenda Cotton and Peggy

are shown getting a little carried away.

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Woody King (Peggy’s nephew) with his wife Lisa and baby Ella.

The Kings are from the Portland, Oregon metro.

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See, Santa came all the way to Florida to find us. Bet ya didn’t know that when ol’ Santa Claus crosses the border into Florida, he gives up the sleigh and reindeer for a golf cart. In this case, Santa and his helper are former Kentuckians Gary & Holly Woolums

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Phil and Kay Coldiron are from the Oklahoma City metro area.

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The Allen Sisters (Indianapolis, Portland & Bradenton)

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Muriel & Jerry Paregien with Stan & Peggy Paregien at St. Petersburg, Florida on March 2, 2014.

Jerry, Stan’s cousin, has always been more like the brother Stan never had. They live in Tennessee, 

but we are trying to get them to see the error of their ways and to move down here to Paradise.

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Daniel Paregien with his parents, Stan Jr. & Becky Paregien in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 10, 2014

They are from the St. Louis area.

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Here Daniel and I are at the Classic Car Museum in Sarasota, sitting in a “Flintstones” cartoon “car.” When Stan Jr. posted this photo on his Facebook page, Peggy’s outlaw nephew in Indianapolis, Terry Gardner, commented: “It is nice to see Stan Sr. back in the kind of car he used to drive in high school. I’m thinking about suing Terry for elder abuse, except he was about half-right. 

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These were two visitors to the music jam we had at our house when Stan Jr., Becky & Daniel were there. Abe Guillermo is a native of Hawaii and as a 9-year old, stood on his family’s hillside farm and watched the Japanese pilots bomb Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He lives near Gainesville, Florida now. He and Jean Pendergrass (at right, from Venice, Florida) attended Florida (Christian) College in Tampa during the 1950s and have been friends ever since.

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Note these honorary old people playing shuffleboard. Back home in Illinois, they sorta poo-pooed this “Sport of the Kings” (very old Kings), until they came down here and actually played it. They liked it and came back for more. This Becky and son Daniel deciding on a strategy . . . or something or ‘nother.

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Daniel Paregien, Stan Jr., Becky, Peggy and Stan Sr. are shown here as they were getting ready to get on a Marina Jack’s ship in Sarasota to take a dinner cruise of Sarasota Bay. The food was great, the company was wonderful and the sunset was spectacular.

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So, boys and girls, this ends our little storytime about life in Paradise. Well, at least it ends this chapter, and with a magnificent sunset to boot. Thanks for dropping by. More later.

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