Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Way We Were Wednesday - North and South Dakota


Almost 20 years ago I had a consulting contract to provide training as part of a national project.  Over a period of 6 years I did about 40 programs in about 25 states.  One summer I did programs in North Dakota and South Dakota.  Those are not easy places to get to.  The original idea was that we would fly out on a Monday, do a training in one on Tuesday, on Wednesday we would drive to the other venue, train on Thursday and fly home on Friday.  But the two states couldn't get there dates together, so we ended up making two trips, a week apart.  South Dakota did get me the opportunity to see Mt Rushmore, maybe the only time I will ever see it.  The program was in the basement of a small casino / hotel in Deadwood.  When there was a pause in the program, and the room went quiet, you could hear the slot machines ringing and dinging upstairs. 

The visit to Mt Rushmore was short, perhaps 20 minutes, yet it sticks in my mind.  The view is monumental, the impact is lasting.  

What have you seen briefly, that stuck with you?  


9 comments:

  1. The walls in Belfast dividing the Catholics and Protestants. I really hadn't realised it was still a city divided.

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    1. People with so much in common, that let such a small difference, make such a huge difference

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  2. Aurora Borealis from a plane window. Unexpected. Unbelievable. Still want to get to northern Norway in winter and see them.

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  3. seeing mt. hood from downtown portland OR. it looked like you could reach out and touch it. that was in the early 90s, when I left my ex-husband there and came back east.

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    1. A magic moment of clarity in more ways than one.

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  4. Well if you are talking man made then I remember a trip we took along the St Laurence Seaway. We stopped for a picnic and suddenly there was a giant ship, silently gliding past the picnic grounds. I was in awe of the size, I had only seen them on television.
    As for the beauty of nature, there are just too many one time things to mention.

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    1. I would love to have a place where I could watch the ships come and go. There is an online tracker for shipping worldwidehttps://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-12.0/centery:25.0/zoom:4

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  5. Good question, this. Perhaps I will steal it for an entry of my own.
    Are there reasonable attorney fees for this?

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