John and Louise Younger
August 15, 2016
I have many memories of the past, however, my daughter sent a Mariachi band (sp) to play my favorite melodies, and I wept through the entire serenade. Please correct my Spanish, as I want them to return again! What a wonderful Birthday gift, as it brought back many happy memories of old friends, and happy days in South America.
I can tell you stories that would curl your hair, concerning the secret police, revolutions, however, it will always balance out with funny stories, old friends, and Spanish music. (I enjoyed the Peruvian music, however, Mexican music was something I always enjoyed, as I had leaned many of the melodies in the past.)
When we were in Bolivia there was no music, and a real funny thing happened! I was told that all the employees were going on strike, so I went into the radio room, and sent a message to Lima about the situation in Santa Cruz. When I walked out of the radio room I was met by an employee who told me if Ientered the radio room again they would have to shoot me! At this point I told the employee I was going fishing!
My message was received in Lima, and a large group of Panagra folks arrived on the next flight, and all the communications were done through the tower. The Reservation Manager arrived on the flight, and everything worked like clockwork!
We were very glad to leave Santa Cruz with it's dirt streets, and cattle blocking the traffic! Today Santa Cruz is a thriving City with a 9,000 ft. paved runway, and when we were there it was about a 800 ft. dirt runway.
"Monk" ( "Grandpa" to my daughter!)