Years ago a pact was made to celebrate our Winter/Summer birthdays together when we turned 30. Well in January I made it out to Cali for Samsonova’s big day and in August (just a little late due to schedules) she came to Kansas for mine!
A few months later, and I’m finally posting but so far 30 doesn’t feel any different than 29 – Maybe it will when I actually look my age but until then, no complaining here!
We got there early in the morning, snagged a parking spot (WHATTTTT), and began our self-guided tour. We of course did some shopping at “Susie’s” which we knew as the Bookshelf and walked across to Senior Quad to where we lived our senior year when they re-opened some renovated old dorms. It used to be where the seniors lived, hence the name – go figure.
We took a trip to find one of our favorites, Rusty Elder, who taught our music history classes. I think I took classes in sacred music, jazz, fine art (what you call classical but you’re wrong), and I feel something else because I’m pretty sure I had at least 1 class every year.
After hugs and catching up, Rusty led us into the Hall of Memories – one of the front rooms in Senior hall that is rarely used today except for special services (the 10 used to meet there as well as weddings). We looked at the old photos and lists of old Stephens Presidents.
Once we let Rusty go back to work, we started making our way towards the main buildings – Walter, Dudley, LRW, The Library and of course stopped to take photos with “our tree”. The class of 2008 raised money to focus on the beautification of Stephens and left our beloved alma mater with a tree that we continue to come back to. The plaque could use some updating and our bench is gone (????) but our tree is still thriving!
We found another favorite, Dr. James Terry, lounging in his office supposedly grading papers. Without skipping a beat we started to give each other a few digs as he got over the shock of seeing us standing in his office.
We chatted about where we were now and what we’ve been up to. Dr. Terry was so excited that he joined us on our tour. We first stopped in LRW to meet some of the folks in the alum and student services office as I could help provide information for students looking for internships, jobs, or other help.
As Stephens had just renovated and opened a new building for the Master of Physician Assistant studies, Dr. Terry got a pass and we walked around the new building. As freshman it was the building where we set up classes, got our ID’s, parking passes, and the accounting offices. Completely renovated it offered new classrooms, working exam rooms, observation rooms, lockers, and of course the room with the bodies! Whatever that room is called – there happened to be 5 cadavers in there when we went in. Samsonova kept her hand firmly on the door ready to escape if needed.
We even ended up in the media area where Samsonova found one of her main teachers who also went into shock upon seeing us walk up. After some chatting it was time to annoy the one and only Herbert and catch up with him before he had to go to work and we started our drive back to my house.
This was all Friday! We had to get home as I had rehearsal for the TCT award shows since I was in a couple of the skits.
Saturday was a day of lounging in the morning and then running around in the afternoon. We finally got our Elephants and then rushed to get ready for the award show Saturday night. Sadly in the hubbub of the evening, between catching up with TCT peeps, having to be on stage, and the normal theatre going-ons, we didn’t get a single photos of us together all dressed up and snazzy. I know, WTF right — my bad.
Luckily we had one more day of fun before Samsonova had to leave me.
WE WENT TO THE ZOO!
It actually became quite a nice, but hot day. Both of us were comfy in maxi dresses as we walked around. First stop, as two fair skinned red/reddish haired ladies, was the gift shop as we both didn’t have sunscreen with us. Normally I do but since I didn’t have any pool time this summer I wasn’t to aware of having some with me.
We of course had to go see our Elephants! The poor polar bear you could tell was hot – it just sat in the water relaxing before eventually going to his/her inside habitat. The sea lions were having a good time, jumping in and out of the water. We eventually weaved our way around most of the park, avoiding, or trying to avoid the snakes and creepy crawlies.
But after a few hours, we found her flight was delayed so we headed toward the KC Legends movie theatre to catch BAD MOMS. I’m pretty sure its out of theatre now, but you need to watch it. It of course has moments that pull at your heart, but we were laughing the whole time.
ALREADY MISSING YOUR FACE!
Until the next visit….