Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I received a few e-mails today from old friends at the agency I used to work for in Illinois, Developmental Services Center. They are holding a fundraiser selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $20,000. The tickets are $20 each and the drawing is on Oct. 17th. I wanted to pass along the information, even though I hope I am the lucky winner!

DSC is a great place that serves people with developmental disabilities. I loved it there and reading about the fundraiser and all the local places you can buy tickets made me miss my Illinois days. I pulled out a few pics and reminisced about how care free things were there, in the grand scheme of things. We'd go out on the weekends, watch t.v. and lounge around the house in the evenings, and we even made a regular trip to the movie theater on Tuesday nights when you could get 50-cent popcorn if you took your own bowl. I haven't been to a movie in ages now, let alone on a weeknight!

I pulled out a few photos--boy did we look young! Here is Bryan in front of our first apartment. This is where I first realized Bryan didn't put dirty clothes in the hamper.

Here is Bryan somewhere on the U of I campus.

Me striking a pose in front of one of Champaign's many corn fields. I realized I was adjusting to being a Midwesterner one day when I was out for a walk and I caught myself thinking, "Wow. The corn is getting high." All that corn made for a wonderful Sweet Corn Festival--I think they had a one-to-one ratio of corn and a stick of butter.

We made great friends at the U of I. The picture below was from one of the dances we went to. We're lucky enough to live by some of our Illinois friends now even though we're in Virginia.

Anyway--back to the fundraiser. Since none of you are probably local--you can buy tickets at or write a check to Developmental Services Center (DSC) and mail it to CASH RAFFLE, 1304 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821. Good luck! I'll let you know if I win!

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