I'm sixty-four years old. I have been volunteering in one way or another in Plainview for forty-five years, and this year, I am in the 36th class of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce Leadership Plainview class. My husband was in the first-year class.
Today was our first day of the 9-month program. We meet every 2nd Wednesday, from 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM. It is a LONG day. There are eighteen in this class, and I can honestly say this IS the best class. These people are GREAT!
Shane Harrell is the chairman and is in his 13th year at the helm. He is exceptionally gifted in his planning and organizational skills and does a fantastic job leading.
Seven AM is pretty early. I mean, the sky is just barely waking up!
It reminded me of a little piece I wrote in 2009...
I awoke to a big Yellow sun, bright as Yellow. The fiery Yellow reflected on the Yellow dog and the Yellow roses. Feeling Mellow Yellow, I grabbed a big Yellow taxi. Passing the Yellow windows, I saw paintings in, imagine this, Yellow. We passed a red-Yellow autumn funeral and the driver mouths, “We’ll meet in the Yellow forest.” I ask my driver, Yellow Ledbetter to take me to Yellow River Road. He says, “You’re a Yellowhammer if I ever knew one.” We pass a wild Yellow bloom, and I notice the forever Yellow sky. Yellow, black, and rectangular the Yellow boat reflects the Yellow light from the Yellow heaven. I get out to follow the Yellow Brick Road, and as I walk, I tie a Yellow ribbon on eighteen Yellow roses. I see the Yellow submarine on the Yellow River, and I think about how I enjoy Yellow days. There is a Yellow beach umbrella and close by stands a girl in an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. I think she must have a Yellow fever. The Yellow sun of Ecuador creates Yellow sweat, and I notice the Yellow butterfly as it eats Yellow petals from the Yellow Rose of Texas. The Yellowbird eyes the worms crawling on their Yellow bellies. Ah, something cool, but I see, “Don’t eat the Yellow snow cone.” Suddenly the Yellow Brick Road turns blue, and I notice the Yellow moon. A soft Yellow star shimmers and I realize I have no Yellow heart to take home. The moon was Yellow and bright, deep in the heart of Texas, and my day was done. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
I'm pretty sure this aerobics class was not excited that we happened into their space on our tour. Troopers they were!!!
On to the Plainview Country Club where marketing director, Andy Ellis shares his vision, gives us a tour and we enjoy a great lunch. We stopped at the Abraham Art Gallery (WBU campus)and heard from Candace Keller about the current show featuring Marc Chagall and the Bible (you need to go). We toured the WBU art wing and guess what I saw? The Hilton hotel radiators in preparation to be repurposed into art. Thrilled me immensely!!!
We had dessert at Season's Way and met up with curator, Melissa Gonzales of the Museum of the Llano Estacado & Jimmy Dean Museum. She shared how they document and preserve museum artifacts. Look at this early WBU rendering that I spotted.
A great day. I did learn, and I love that.