Friday seemed to travel at the speed of light this week. Weekends don’t hold as much for me as they once did the way my teaching and Park schedule works but I still think of Friday as a turning point in the schedule.

Yesterday, at The Park, I was fortunate to meet Guests from Kansas, Iowa, San Diego, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and AUSTRALIA! I have met several Guests from Australia and it always amazes me. Most of them are visiting family stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

This got me thinking of how many Guests I’ve met from all over the world who have spent time visiting Carillion Historical Park. I have met Guests from Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Canada, India, Africa, and Argentina. It’s not unusual to have folks from these countries coming to Dayton, Ohio, but I am super excited when they find their way to Carillon Historical Park to learn more and engage with Dayton’s rich history and all it has offered to the world.

Today is the official end of The Spirit Chain campaign between Centerville High School and Kettering Fairmont High School. At tonight’s football game the results of all funds donated to each school and who has won this year’s Spirit Chain. I am so damned proud of my student, CHS class president, and senior, Sam McLain. He has shared his adventures with this particular project and he has, as he always does, given it 200%. However, Spirit Chain is such a monumental event known throughout the Miami Valley that it is an extra special feather in Sam’s cap.

My friend, Chuck Johnson’s wife, Teresa, is improving from her bout with Covid. I was concerned all day until I response from Chuck describing her improvement and overall health. Such good news!

We are promised a high temperature of 62 degrees by this afternoon. Right now, it is 38 degrees but doesn’t feel cold. Next week, we shall bounce around in the 40s and 50s.

It’s time to head across the hall to shave, shower, dress, and then pack my already-prepped lunch for the long day ahead. Hopefully, it is another day of meeting some fantastic, interesting folks from all over the country.

Make it a great day!

PHOTO: Stepping off the bus last evening and seeing the beautiful colors.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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