Saturday, February 11, 2012


Oh, the fun we have been having.  At the SKP park here in Casa Grande they do the majority of their fundraising all in one fun-filled week.  We have not been here at this time before but had promised we be here for it this year.

Where to start.  There is an appointed Sheriff and three Deputies. (apparently spies as well).  The jurisdiction of these officials is questionable but runs from fining residents a quarter for not wear their name tags and park t-shirts to being negative, whining, sniveling and not laughing and smiling at the appropriate time.  For those of who do not have a park t-shirt and don't care to buy one, one can buy a pass for $2.00 which you must wear around your neck all the time.  Major infractions will get you a Summons to appear before Judge Judy in a Kangaroo Kourt.

Most meals are provided (for a fee) in the Clubhouse.  There are many great cooks in this park and different couples cook the meals.  We did not participate in many but those that we did have were fantastic.

There are lots and lots of activities:  golf tournaments, billiards tournaments; bean bag baseball, skits and a Victor's Secret Fashion show (with guys, old guys).  There are raffles and draws.  The residents have collected 100's, yes 100's of raffle prizes ranging from crafts to $100 restaurant cards.  (so far nothing for us).

Tuesday night was Casino Night.  $5.00 bought you $100.00 in play money.  There was horse racing, blackjack, Yahtzee, Stockticker, and a couple of versions of poker.  I parlayed my $100 into $1000 but didn't win a prize.

If laughter is indeed the best medicine, we are going to be cured of all ails.  We have laughed so hard.  

Friday night was there was a skit.  Not sure the skit actually had a title but it could have been called "Under the Bed".  It was all about all the stuff rv'ers store under their beds.  We could all relate.

After the skit we had the "Victor's Secret" fashion show.  The Clubhouse was arranged with a runway and of course only women sat in the front row.  Dollars were provided for rewarding their favourite model.  You have to give it to these "gutsy" old guys.

Jessie didn't have money - will keys do??

Beach Boy Ken

The Bachelor - Chuck

The Canadian - Jim

The Cupid - Randy

The Cook - Ron

Yesterday there was a food auction.  I baked a beautiful chocolate cake.  I made sure it was perfect.  I didn't want to be humiliated with a low bid.  My cake was auctioned third and I was thrilled with the $27.00 it raised.  However..... as the auction went on and I realized this was indeed the fundraiser of all fundraisers, I realized $27.00 was nothing.  Tiny jars of jam and pickled beets went for more than $50.00!!!!  We had all heard whispers about Angela's Bread Pudding and Lucille's Rum Cake, favourites in this park.
The bread pudding brought $245.00 and the rum cake $250.00.  Over 50 items were auctioned and they raised close to $3,000.00!

Last night was Kangaroo Kourt with our very own Judge Judy.  There were summons for going fishing and missing all the events; for spousal abuse (the man who paid $250.00 for the rum cake beaten by his wife); and one for soliciting "bad luck" at casino night.

Judge Judy and defendant Colleen

But the biggest summons of all was for none other than THE SHERIFF.  The sheriff was summoned for misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, threatening petitioners and not smiling enough.  A "joint task force" of US Marshalls, the RCMP (Doug was one) and the Assistant Deputy Attorney served the summons and our beloved Josephine Arpaio resisted arrest - yet another charge.

Sheriff Josephine Arpaio
Joint Task Force - Mary, Doug, Dale and Marvin

Well Kangaroo Kourt went late into the night (8:00 pm at least).  Ms Arpaio claimed that she was being impersonated and she indeed had just returned from Hawaii (and was dressed appropriately).   However, I had PICTURES.  We simply showed Judge Judy the pictures I had posted to Facebook and slam, blam, thank you mam - SHE WAS GUILTY as charged.

The last event is this evening with the major raffle prizes being drawn (fingers and toes crossed), tournament prizes awarded and a closing ceremony.  Of course food will be served.


Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Oh my goodness. Where do I start. $27 for your cake...awesome! This week sounds like soooo much fun. What great activities. I think I like the runway activity best. Those men could sure strut their stuff...LOL Glad you are having such a wonderful time. We are going to have to hit that park one of these days. Keep on enjoying yourselves.

Linda Sand said...

Sounds like lots of fun. I'm so glad you finally got to go south. :)

Sue and Doug said...

sounds like you two are having a grand time! worth all the work that you had to endure over the past year!!!

Michael and Dee said...

How nice the we Golden Oldies can have so much fun and not feel guilty. Love the photos.

Mike and Dee


You sure are having a busy and fun time. Love the runway pics !! LOL

Wanderin' said...

Glad you're having a great time. That's what it's all about.

Jim and Sandie said...

Isn't life grand!!! But where was Doug in the runway pictures?

mskayndan said...

So glad you're having a good time!