Posted on 10/7/2008
Back home again in Illinois! I’m always so glad to see Kelly. What a fantastic homecoming weekend in North Dakota, though. I think the tone was set by my drive from the airport to the campus of my alma mater, Jamestown College. At the airport, from a sparsity of choices, I rented a PT Cruiser. Pretty sporty. One difficulty: I didn’t know how to turn off the emergency flashers. So I called Dave Swartz at headquarters and he gave me the necessary guidance. Then I discovered that the speed limit in North Dakota is 75 miles an hour.
Returning to my college home must have put me in a youthful mood, because I found a radio station that played hard rock, and I cranked up that music really, really loud, and I drove the speed limit. Oh my gosh! What a rush! I loved it.
In Jamestown, my nursing classmate Ann Greitl, also back for homecoming, and I stayed in the famous Gladstone Hotel. Of course, the original burned down some time ago, so our rooms were in the rebuilt version. About fifty people attended the nursing school reunion social hour, but Ann and I didn’t know anyone except each other. Most of the attendees were younger, so we didn’t stay long. Ann grew up in Jamestown and still knows many people, so we were able to crash the Elks party. Wasn’t too hard. The doorman told us, “That’s okay, if you’re going to spend some money, welcome.”
My favorite visit was with Nora Paulson, R.N., who was the medical surgical floor supervisor when we were in nurse’s training. Nora is one hundred years and six months old. She’s mentally alert and remembered us very well. I never told her but she seemed old when Ann and I were students from 1950 through 1954.
I’m not much for football—I leave that to Kelly, who enjoyed his alma mater’s (Illinois) big victory over Michigan. But there was something about watching Jamestown come from behind to win in overtime. I did get a chance to speak on the school’s football radio network at halftime. I praised the school—rightly so—and, of course, mentioned the benefits of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
On Sunday, I spent quality time with 18 of my relatives who drove up from Gackle. We had such fun, especially because we were the only ones in the restaurant, and could cut up and just be ourselves together.
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This just in from a woman I very much admire, Jeannine. “I just had another weigh-in today—170 pounds total lost since April, 2007.” Oh, Jeannine, I’m so proud of you and grateful that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is helping you help yourself. Keep us posted, please.
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And this from Holly in Kansas City: “Hi! I have been on your 1,200 calorie plan for almost 5 weeks now and have lost almost 10 pounds. When I found out about you all, I made my parents order it too. I used to always say to myself, ‘If I were a celebrity and had someone cooking all my food, I could be thin too!’ Now I have you guys!!!”
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Holly, like I always say, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is better than hiring your own chef, because we don’t even mess up your kitchen.
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Finally, here’s a note from Ms. Elinor G. Seifried: “As a very satisfied subscriber to the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program, I congratulate your company not only on the quality of its food, its healthy and nutritious approach to my diet, but also on the integrity, helpfulness, and personable nature of its distributors, in particular Michael Gaeta, of your Arlington Heights, Illinois, office.
“Michael is not only enthusiastic about the program, but welcomes Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating clients not only by name, but with a smile and a friendly greeting. And although I had no need for any special service, his attitude always suggested that he would be available to help in whatever way possible. Michael Gaeta is an exemplary example of the kind of person any company would be proud to employ.
“For the above reasons, I would never hesitate to recommend both Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating and Michael Gaeta to my friends and neighbors, and consider both the Company and its Distributor outstanding.”
Thanks, Elinor. Judging from the quality and tone of your letter, people most likely feel the same way about you. I know I do.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.