MELTDOWN IN CHATTANOOGA
by Tony Durbin
For those of you who left before Sunday night, you missed a strange sight. The
remaining couples began a weird transformation. It all started after dinner in the Hotel
Restaurant. Several slipped down to the Ice Cream Shop for a scoop or two of the
delicious treat in hopes of cooling down. But it didn't help. In fact, the more they
ate, the hotter they got. Delirium set in. They began to act silly and the laughter
became contagious. Soon all seven couples were infected. The couples started melting.
Two of the first to go were the Acostas from Vegas. These hardy Westerners are used to
triple digit temperatures, but not triple digit humidity. And it sure was humid. If
it's possible to have a humidity factor of over 100%, it was that night.
Next to fall victim and begin melting were the New Yorkers. The Mottas and Kissners from
up North are accustomed to both cold and heat but not that much heat, especially with the
humidity. They would have prefered a couple feet of snow.
The Midwesterns, the Wears, Ebbings and Durbins didn't fair any better. From the "Show Me
State" of Missouri and the "Land of Lincoln" state of Illinois, weather of this sort is
common place. As a matter of fact, it changes constantly. But even they couldn't tolerate
the heat and humidity anymore. It were if as though, Jefferson Davis was getting revenge
on those "Lincoln Lovers."
We all knew we were in "deep doo doo" when the Beavers succumbed to the weather. These
gracious Southerns from Alabama are used to the steamy weather in the South. But it got
even too steamy for them as well. Even our host & hostess began melting.
They say a picture is worth five thousand words. Check out the pictures.
Vince & Gail Acosta from Vegas
Tommy & Eleanor Motta from New York
Red & Rosalie Kissner from New York
Bob & Maria Wear from Missouri
Jerry & Diane Ebbing from Illinois
Tony & Norma Durbin from Illinois
Don & Laverne Beavers from Alabama
By Monday morning, even the youngsters, the Durbin's daughter and son-in-law began to
suffer a meltdown. We knew it was time to go home. But not without one more "hug & kiss"
from great friends. Just think, the next reunion will be in Charleston, South Carolina
where the weather will be perfect in the spring and fall. But isn't that Hurricane
Allen & Elizabeth Durbin Cravens from Illinois
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