Parting Thoughts…

The mood here in the office today is sad for sure. A lot is being said without a word uttered. You can see it in our eyes, and in her eyes too. Disbelief, sadness…trying to imagine what it’s going to be like in the office without her. We are saying goodbye to Diane today. She is retiring, and today is her last day here at Sports Leisure Vacations. I know. Shocking. For those of you unfamiliar, Diane Nowlan is our “travel agent” (we sometimes affectionately call her our “air head”). That means she books all of the air (and trains and cruises) for the company, plus takes your reservations, plus helps at the airport when a trip departs, plus makes sure no one’s birthday is ever forgotten here, plus, plus… *sigh*

I admire her, and to be totally honest, was a bit envious of her. You see, she was a stewardess back in the day. When they wore skirts and nylons and hats, and when they were all beautiful women. They weren’t called ‘flight attendants’ like they are now. Back then they were called stewardesses, and it was a dream of mine to be one. So much so that sometimes when I’m a tour director on the motorcoach, I do the “flight attendant safety hand motions” when Greg is on the mike talking about the exit rows on Supercoach. Yeah, I really do. I stand there and point and try to look important too. I loved hearing her tell her stories of when she was flying.

She’s been at Sports for five years. You will be missed Diane, more that I think you realize. It’s been great working with you. I will miss you here at the office, but look forward to having lunch with you…often. Aloha my friend and a hui ho’u…