Even before the two married, Dan was into a new career. Right out of school he landed a position as a National Bank Examiner, a Federal job with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, part of the Treasury Department. For 30 years, Dan was out, checking up on banks with national charters, and that meant he spent most weekdays in bank offices and most weeknights in hotels. The department transferred the Examiners every five or six years, so Dan and family lived around the country, starting nearby, in Omaha, and ending up in San Antonio.
THE RESORT CONNECTION
It was during their time in San Antonio that Dan and Carolyn had houseguests, a relative of a coworker. These guests were from Montana, driving a small motorhome and pulling a ranch pickup, and explained that their travels would end up in Mesa, Arizona, where they’d stay the winter. Dan recalls questioning the wisdom of that plan and the visitor responded confidently, “Come see it.” Dan and Carolyn took that challenge, making plans to do just that.
That winter they visited the park and that old Resort magic captivated them. When Dan retired, in 1993, they decided to split time between Nebraska and Arizona and bought a park model at The Resort.
Dan jumped in with his new lifestyle: “I went right to the tennis courts and the softball diamond. Those were things I’d missed out on, being in a different community every week.” And he began to get involved with a new passion: computers. Here was a man who’d once helped bring electricity to his neighbors in the farm country of Nebraska, now helping bring technology to his neighbors at The Resort. He was an early volunteer for a new club, The Resort Computer Club. “Back then it was dial-up,” Dan recalled, “and people were just starting to email.”
Now, almost 30 years later, if you’ve had a computer question and go to the Front Desk for advice on where you could find help, odds are you hear, “Call Dan.”
THE BEST ADVICE/THE PERFECT DAY
We like to ask the question, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?” Dan thought about that and said, “My grandfather, who lived to 97, liked to say, ‘Always make friends. And make sure you always have younger friends.’ And when we accepted our seventh job transfer, friends gave us a wall hanging that quoted a poem by Joseph Parry:
“Make new friends,
but keep the old:
new friends are silver
but old friends are gold.”
And when we asked another favorite question, “What would a perfect day be like for you?” Dan didn’t have to think: “Tennis in the morning and golf in the afternoon.” He added, “I still love to get out on the tennis court, but now these young girls – girls in their sixties and seventies – are starting to beat me.”
Spend some time with Dan and we think you’ll agree that Dan will always have plenty of friends, of every age.