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…

5 thoughts on “Parting Thoughts…”

  1. Diane – I will miss you. I loved talking to you when making reservations. You were always a help. I do hope I get to see you on some trips. Try for the cruise!!! You always remember me. Judi

  2. Diane,
    How excited Jeff & I are for you that you are entering the blissful state of RETIREMENT! But you will certainly be missed by all of us who have relied on your expertise at getting just the “right” airline reservation. And seeing your smiling face at the airport at some ungodly hour of the morning as we checked in for yet another adventure with SLV. Keep in touch & maybe we will travel together on a SLV tour!

  3. Diane,
    What a shock to learn your friendly voice will no longer be on the line. It has always been a pleasure talking with you and I very much appreciate your help & knowledge. Have a wonderful retirement!
    I will miss you!!!

  4. My goodness!

    It was so comforting to come in and find someone who knew my “roots” (and my name!). Your contributions are immeasurable and I’m sure we’ll all feel your absence.
    Good luck in wherever, or whatever you’re going to!

    Noel

  5. Thanks to all of you for your comments. I will print them in the upcoming newsletter. Diane had been our “den mother” for a number of years and we will certainly miss her around the office. The search for someone to fill that position is underway. Notice I said “fill the position,” because we aren’t likely to replace Diane.

    Thank you again for your thoughtful comments.

    Mark

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