--Mark Van Doren
|This is My First Art Class!!|
Teaching was not all I was doing that year....this was the first time in my life I was living independently. so I was also learning to be an adult! Managing money, taking care of an apartment, being responsible for a car, time management, etc.. The only credit card any of us had then was a gas credit card. Everything else was paid for by check or cash. Linda, my roommate, was from a small town not far from Kansas City so she would go home pretty often...but then I would be off with my buddy Beth.
I don't know if this is true of all first year graduates, but Beth and I missed college. We still had several friends at Mizzou so we would go back every once in awhile, especially during football season. And to get to my hometown in Illinois I would drive through Columbia, home of Mizzou and would often stop by for a break in my five hour drive. On one of those trips, I stopped at the Coronado Club...you remember that bar stool that went home with me? Well, now that I was earning my own money, I felt guilty about being such a thief and wanted to pay for the stool. To my surprise the Coronado Club was closed down! I couldn't seem to find anyone who was part of the ownership. But at least I tried! (Now don't tell me...the only reason they closed down is because of my theft! I think they must have bigger losses than one bar stool!)
Meantime, Dick has graduated from Basic Training at Lackland and has now moved on to Wichita Falls, Texas to Sheppard AFB for continued training before a more permanent post. He came by to visit me on his way through. This time he had a a car so we didn't have to spend time at the railroad depot!
|My adorable German Shepherd puppy!|