Where everyone knows your name (June 26)

by Debbie Norrell, For New Pittsburgh Coruier

When you attend parties, luncheons and teas for a living, getting a free moment to just take off and relax is rare. Sometimes I just want to chill, get in the bed and see how many levels of Candy Crush I can smash. By the way I am on level 2010.

Do you remember the column I wrote about this game and how stupid I thought it was? I must have ignored the “highly addictive” disclosure because yes, it is addictive and just like other things I have become addicted to (shopping) I must look for a replacement, let’s hope it will be exercise. If only someone would put a Candy Crush screen on the treadmill. And why hasn’t anyone done that? I digress…

So last Saturday someone that I am Facebook friends with let me know that she was going to be in town and invited me to a gathering. We are more than Facebook friends, we grew up in the same neighborhood, and I attended her wedding. Frankly that is the last time I saw Donna Moncrief. I was delighted when I got her message that she was in town. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to the meeting place. It had been years since I was at the FROG (friendly rivalry often generates success) house. Her dad, Lawrence Moncrief, is a FROG and he was in town as well. Mr. Davenport (Ron) greeted me at the door. Yes I call him Mr. Davenport because during my WAMO days he was the big boss, so I never called him by his first name. When I walked in the door there were so many people that I knew. Que the “Cheers” theme song:

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you got, taking a break from all your worries it sure would help a lot, wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came you want to be where you can see The troubles are all the same, you want to be where everybody knows your name”

Immediately I was so happy that I came out of the house. Bill Fisher was there and it was his 95th birthday. I was invited to his 90th birthday and covered it for the New Pittsburgh Courier. What is so exciting is he remembers it all. After saying hello to everyone I found Donna and her sister, Carol. We had a great time talking and catching up. Then their cousins started to arrive. I had no idea that Keith Moncrief was their cousin, I never put the names together. The world is so small. We are all in our sixties now and we had so many life experiences to share and compare. It was a great evening and I was glad that I went. I hope more people that are on Facebook because they actually know each other get together in person when they are in the same city, there is nothing like seeing each other in person.

(Email Debbie at debbienorrell@aol.com.)


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