Sunday, January 8, 2012

BACK TO THE '60s and '70s

Friday, January 6 – .....We got all dressed in our hippie clothes tonight to attend the 60s/70s Dance at the Leisure Valley Ranch Activity Center. Our friends Lynn and Mike Murphy are the DJs, and we are going with a large group of friends we met last year.



Of course, Marsha volunteered us to be in charge of the popcorn machine. We arrived about 30 minutes early to get a supply of corn popped so it would be ready to go as people arrived. It's really not too big of a job. We only had to pop corn 2 or 3 times during the night. It's a self serve item, so all be had to do was watch when the popcorn was getting low and run over and put some more in the machine to pop.


Yes, that is our sign leaning against the machine. Marsha just thought it was a hoot to have a sign saying, "Make Love Not War."

We enjoyed dancing to the tunes from the past and visiting with many of the friends we made last year here in the Rio Grande Valley.

Carol, Angie, Marsha and Paul

We did make it to second place in the costume contest. We got beat out by Wilma & Fred Flintstone. They had an advantage over us. They own a lot here in Leisure Valley and had the hometown crowd supporting them. Here is a picture of  the winners. Now you be the judge.


Marsha participated in the paddleball contest.


Guess what...she won! Here she is thanking the crowd for voting for her.


What a talented gal. Every holiday, Marsha buys those paddleball toys for the girls, and they laugh at her. I guess it's there responsibility to become experts, like their mom, and carry on the family tradition of winning a trophy for paddleball. Now where are we going to display this humungous trophy....LOL


For those of you who would like to read what is engraved…I mean…written on the trophy.


Paul entered the YoYo contest but was eliminated early. Being an expert Yo Yo competitor, he found it difficult to compete with the el cheapo YoYos picked-up at the Dollar Store. Guess he'll have to bring his championship YoYo to these Oldies Dances in the future......Ha Ha!!!


One of Paul's good friends is Mike, the DJ. They look like hippie brothers!!12-paul-and-mike

The highlight of the evening was a spontaneous “sit-in” in the middle of the dance floor. The DJ's were shocked! “What are these darn senior citizen Hippies doing sitting in the middle of the dance floor?” The bouncers were called to break-up the peaceful demonstration. Paul remarked, “It's a good thing the bouncers came to help us up off the floor.”


The dance continued without further interruptions to the bewitching hour of 9:30 pm. After cleaning-up the Activity Center, it was time for all the old hippies to head home to bed!

Saturday, January 7 - After a bike ride around the RV Park this morning, we did a little house cleaning this morning. We decided to go through the basement of the MH and clean-out anything we haven't used in a while. They have park-wide garage sales here periodically, and we can sell off things we don't need. Surprisingly, we didn't find too much that we don't use. Now that's a shocker!!! We did put some things in the shed, and we did eliminate one plastic storage bin, but Paul thought we would be getting rid of much more than we did.

It was an amazing beautiful day. The temperature was in the low 80's, the sun was shining, there was no wind, and the sky was a beautiful blue. Marsha took advantage of the afternoon and relaxed in the sun. Paul met some guys and played Pickleball. If you're not familiar with Pickleball, it's like tennis for old farts. You play it with paddles similar to large ping pong paddles, a wiffle baseball, and a very small court (approximately 20 X 40 feet). Playing partners, you don't kill yourself and you get a good workout.

This evening, we went over to Angie & Rick's new house for happy hour. We helped them move into their beautiful new house just a week ago. They also invited two friends that just arrived yesterday. Thanks for a great time you two!

Joe, Jane, Angie, Rick

One thing for sure, there is never a dull moment here in the RV Park. If you want something to do, there is plenty of things to get involved in or you can just relax and enjoy the great weather.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. What a fun post! Having grown up in Africa we missed the whole hippie, make love not war period. We just read about it in int he newspapers. We did not have TV in South Africa until the the late 70's, so we were kinda backward out there.

  2. Looks like you guys had a blast from the past. Keep it up tell we can get there..

  3. How Fun! and Way to go... Marsha!!

  4. WELL! If you ask me, you got robbed of the best-dressed trophy...but of course nobody's asking me. LOL Congrats on your paddleboard win, Marsha! What a grand time!

  5. No way! You should have won the costume contest. Fantastic. You are having so much fun. We will be too as soon as the rest get here. Hurry up!

  6. You guys look great. Brought back lots of memories (I think). Congrats Marsha. Way to go girl.

  7. I just want to know if you had those clothes tucked away from ones you originally wore. Or, if you had to go buy new old ones????

    However, you certainly look like you are enjoying yourselves and that's a good thing!

  8. Oh, the memories. Thanks for the trip. :)

  9. awww. . .now you guys were so adorable. . .the valley's really great isn't it?


  10. You guys know how to Looks like a fun place to be.

  11. You wuz robbed! Your 'stoned age' costumes were definitely better than those 'stone age' outfits.

  12. Now that's some kind of participation for a dance. How many sites are in that park? Personally, I liked you folks get-up better than Fred and Wilma's. The sit in added a great nostalgic touch to a great event! Loved the post.

  13. Groovy costumes! You guys should have won first prize, not sure what Flintstone costumes have to do with a 60's and 70's dance. Oh well, you had our vote for sure!

    Kevin and Ruth

  14. I so agree that your duds were the bomb! I do remember people dressing like that but I was more from the poodle skirt generation.

  15. TOO Funny! I have one grand-daughter who was born in the wrong decade. She is 12 now and so wants to be a hippie...she would have loved that. You definitely should have won the costume contest. I'm sure the fix was in lol!!


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