|Look who’s coming to the 2004 Montana Crans Reunion. Why aren’t you on this list?The Sirens of Bluche are Calling You
Ottavia Giorgi Monfort
Whew . . . a reunion, another reunion . . .They already wrote me about it. Okay, it will be in July in Switzerland but really it doesn’t interest me so much . . . I have too many things to do, what would I do in Switzerland ? And also, why should I see some people that I won’t even recognize, it’s better to leave memories in a trunk . . .. and think about all the bills that I have to pay at the end of the month.
No, no old buddy, you are wrong! At the bottom, old buddy, at the real bottom, what is life? Life is just a moment, a moment full of emotions. You look at it and it is already gone.
Come to the reunion! It will be wonderful to share the emotion of meeting again, of remembering, of telling, of seeing each other again. About 30 years have passed by, and the small village of Bluche hasn’t changed much. I was just there with my children and it brought back such memories for me. I was so glad to be able to share those memories with my children. For me, they were joyful years.
Come, come to Switzerland and you will not need to close your eyes in order to remember those beautiful mountains, the volleyball fields where you played so happily, the Petit Paradis lodge that so enchanted you, the Pres Fleuris chalet with balconies full of red geraniums and rooms full of good-looking girls. Everything will be there for you, for me, for us, as well as for our new families, our patient companions, our children.
Come to the reunion and be with your friends who remember the soirees, the skiing, the promenades, the adventures, the joys and the sorrows of that incredible time. Let’s take a moment out of our busy lives, of the lives we are living now, to share these things and make new bonds of friendship.
The Les Roches-Pre Fleuris family is coming together once again and is calling you: Come! Come my old-young buddy and share with me again a moment of life, a moment of our lives
… Ouf! … une reunion! Encore une reunion… oufff… … On m’a écrit et on me l’a dit plein de fois : d’accord elle aura lieu en juillet mais elle ne m’intéresse pas trop… Non … elle ne m’interesse pas trop … . J’ai ma vie, j’ai plein de choses à faire, … que vais-je faire en Suisse ? J’ai tellement de choses à faire ici… Et puis, à quoi bon revoir des gens que peut être je ne reconnaître même pas…. des amis, oui, mais tellement anciens …. que vais-je pouvoir leur racconter ?…. il vaut mieux laisser les vieux souvenirs au galetas … Et penser à tous les factures que j’e dois payer à la fin de ces mois….
No, no vieux copain, tu te trompes…
Au fond vieux copain, qu’es-ce la vie? La vie n’est qu’un moment, … un moment plein d’émotions … le temps de la voir passer et elle est déjà passée …
Viens à la reunion! Il sera merveilleux de pouvoir partager ensemble l’émotion de se revoir, de se souvenir, de se raconter, de se recontrer. Et d’être de nouveau dans cet endroit si merveilleux dont on aura l’impression de venir à peine de s’en aller…
Environs 30 ans sont passés, le petit village de Bluche n’a presque pas changé. Je viens d’y aller avec mes enfants et j’y ai retrouvé la magie de mon infance et l’heureuse insousiance de ces belles années.
Viens, viens en Suisse et tu n’auras pas besoin de fermer les yeux pour te rappeler de ces belles montagnes, du champs du volley ball où tu jouais content, de l’auberge du Petit Paradis où tu étais si heureux d’aller, de la maisonnette de Pre Fleuris avec ses balcons régorgeants de géraniums et ses chambres pleines de jolies filles … tout sera là, pour toi, pour moi, pour nous, .. ainsi que pour notre nouvelle famille, pour notre patient conjoint, pour nos enfants… . Et de nouveau, de nouveau après avoir partagé les reprimandes de Grisotti, les punitions de Cornelia, l’ennui des promenades, la joie des descentes à ski, l’émotion des soirées, les bancs de l’école et les longs heures d’étude …. de nouveau on partagera un moment de notre vie, de la vie que nous menons aujourd’hui tous anciens élèves des Roches et de Pre Fleuris aux quatres coins du monde…
La famille des Roches-Pre Fleuris se réunit et t’appelle : viens, viens mon vieux-jeune ami vivre de nouveau avec moi un moment de la vie, un moment de notre vie…
|Just Checking In . . . Gray Tappan writes: I hope that you’re getting more confirmations on reunion attendance. Time is approaching fast. I’ve been going through a few old photos and wanted to share these with you. The graduation photo is from June 1974, our graduating class. There was no yearbook that year, so any photos of our senior year are scattered about in personal collections. Please urge folks to bring photos to the reunion from those years.
Bob Price writes: All is still on for going to the reunion. Looks like I will be able to bring my wife. This is working out quite well as I have a meeting in London on Monday July 19-21. Also the Farnborough Airshow is going on then. Have you seen the pictures I have been sending to Ottavia? There are more but what a task going through old boxes. I am also finding old Tripoli pics the group wants for their reunion database. Someone is starting a Tripoli Reunion in Libya for this summer. Could be interesting if we ever lift the sanctions.
Mark Uhlfelder writes: Fantastic newsletter! I’m very pleased to get it and really enjoyed Susan York’s observations. Unfortunately, as I suspected, the pace and cycle of my business prevents me from being away from work for any length of time. July is when the brochure (www.ski.com) is “put to bed” and a lot of planning for the printing, final proofs, etc… takes place throughout the month. In any case, I am hoping that the next reunion is one I can attend and will have to look forward to it and to your news from the upcoming events. If you or any of the Friends of Bluche are near my home of Aspen, I hope to get the chance to get together to share stories and just touch base.
Carmen Lamoureux Marshall writes: I am so excited that soon I will be seeing some of you at the upcoming 2004 reunion in Bluche! I have received so much encouragement, bribery (chocolate & cheese…) and promised hugs, that I cannot possibly resist! Since Bluche my family traveled from Algeria to London, Houston and Scotland, and I returned to Canada to continue my studies. I worked in Aerial Photography with the government for a number of years while moonlighting as a musician and singer-songwriter. I also spent a few years working in horticulture & just recently finished a job managing an organic greenhouse operation growing amazingly luscious tomatoes and other veggies for high end restaurants here in Calgary. Love to garden, passionate about great compost and really good wine! I still play music and sing, but mostly just for fun. I am married with 4 kids aged 9 – 28 (my crazy little tribe!) and all of them are wonderfully interesting, not a boring one in the bunch! I can’t wait to come to the reunion to see old friends again- Hugs to you all!
Llewellyn Smith writes: I run a fruit farm and the peak season is the month of July. Unfortunately I cannot make it. It is a real shame as it would have been fun to see everyone again. I was in France last week and will be in Italy this September. Too bad it was not in one of those timeframes. Oh well. Have a great time. All the best to everyone!
Len Enriquez writes: Hi, folks, I am bringing my 1971 yearbook (even though the pages are falling off the binding, the images are clear). It is all there…the long, long hair on the girls (and the boys’ attempt at long hair), the floppy hats, the tinfoil soiree fantasies, the ultra-cool saunter of the boys, the watchful eyes of the Grisottis, the suspiciously dirty “indoor-only pantoufles”… Memories will be a kick, but, as Pradeep expressed so well, it is really about today and connecting with kindred souls about what has transpired since those magical days….see you there !
Margaret Mallon Pujol writes: Just a quick email to tell you I have reserved a room at the Aida for the 15 and 16 July. I’ll be coming with the kids but unfortunately Thierry will not make it. We are going to Italy the latter part of July and he cannot take that much vacation time. Here is a website link to a review of Jean-Paul Lewis’s latest book:http://aalbc.com/reviews/buffalogordon.htm
Denis Lamoureux writes: I have pictures of just about everybody that came to class one fine day. You remember how we all used to hang out in groups!! Well one day, Stephano Petrucci and I set up my old(antiquated) camera, an Argus something or other, and photographed the majority of the groups coming up the walk to the school. I’d be somewhat in the “proverbial excrement” if I choose to not share these priceless moments with our fellow alumni.
Bob Price’s Tip for Cheap Air Fare
If someone faxes in a request to get to Bluche / Montana / Crans from anywhere in the world, Michele has no problem quoting different routings and airfares.
I suspect that many people have been discouraged from attending the reunion due to the cost of air fare. If this describes your situation, give Michele a chance to see if she can get you there.
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