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May 17, 2010
Isn’t this just the strangest spring ever? Usually, by mid May, it’s HOT, and humid, and we’
ve already enjoyed the best of spring evenings, only waiting for the SUMMER to kick in.
But, even as I write, it’s once again cold……. From hot and muggy this morning, to cold
tonight. I haven’t completely given up my winter blanket for my bed, and my air
conditioning just isn’t sure whether it should be working or not. Even my flip flops are a
dicey choice…. It might seem a perfect morning to make my toes happy….. but by mid
afternoon, I’m looking for socks!!
Of course, I guess you could say that about life in general. We just can’t really count on
our plans to go as expected. Jobs that were readily available a year ago have
disappeared. Industries that were stalwarts of our economy have dried up, or are
hobbling along. Technology has made some amazing advances, and we carry around
‘mini-computers’ in our hands just like Dick Tracy had back in the Sunday funnies days.
We are of a ‘certain age’……. yet nothing really seems certain anymore! Jobs, friends,
family…… it’s all changing, and we have choices about accepting those changes. We can
become the cranky, fussy old coots (hmmm, images of certain family members no longer
with me come to mind!!) that resist anything new, and thus close our minds to new
experiences, new learning, and new friends. OR, we can embrace it….. use those brain
cells, and try something new.
Have you figured out how to send a tweet? Better yet, have you figured out WHY you
should send a tweet? Have you learned how to work your digital camera? Better yet,
have you figured out how to get an image OUT of your digital camera? When was the last
time you took a class just to learn a new skill? A new language? You always said you
were going to take that dance class……… or do a road trip….. or whatever it is that is on
your “bucket list”.
Now’s the time….. what are you waiting for? PartyFish is here to help you find your
community of friends, your community of activities and fun things to do….because TODAY
you can be sure you won’t regret tomorrow!!
December 16, 2009
What? Next week is CHRISTMAS??
Where did the month go? Well, let’s hurry, then, and get to the important stuff…like what
is PartyFish doing in the next couple of weeks?
Details for the following events are located at www.partyfish.net/Events
First…… THURSDAY night (tomorrow, the 17th), it’s our Monthly Dinner out. Our ABC
dinner this month is V for the VAULT, in downtown Fort Worth. Looks like a nice place,
with great Mediterranean food… and reasonably priced pasta and pizza too! Contact
Phyllis ASAP to let her know you are coming……..
Don’t just show up, this is a reservation kind of place!
Friday, December 18,it’s the Stagecoach Christmas Dance. Wear holiday red, and be
prepared to dance up a storm. If you’ve not been to Stagecoach in a while…… this is the
night to GO!
We’ve got two places for Christmas Day potluck dinner, one in Haltom City and the other
in Mansfield. We want to make sure that no one stays home alone….unless you want to!!
Then, there are THREE New Year’s Eve Parties listed……..how will I ever decide which
one to go to? They all look like FUN! Hmmm……maybe all three????
The Alaska Cruise for July 2010 is filling up. Our group cabins are based on availability
now. We still have one lady needing a roomie, for an oceanview cabin so if you were
thinking about going, this would be the time. It’s a great group of people going…….. and
Alaska should be on everyone’s “to see” list!
What will be new in 2010? Well, for one thing, PartyFish is moving towards social media!
Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/partyfish1 This is a great way to ease into
Twitter…… take it slow, and keep up with other PartyFishers and new things going on in a
real time manner. Facebook and the PartyFish blog are under construction…….. it’s
going to be a great year for communicating!!!
I want to wish each of you a Merry, blessed Christmas, and wondrous joy for the New
Year. 2010 is going to be great for all of us………
November 16, 2009
Going on my 8th month of unemployment……. It’s been an interesting journey, and it’s not
over yet! I know that there are a lot of you out there, riding along with me, so at least we
are in good company!
I have been learning a great deal about the networking groups available in the DFW
area. I know a lot of people (usually those with jobs!) ask, Why network with a bunch of
unemployed people? That doesn’t seem like a good source of job leads.
The truth is, it’s a GREAT source of job leads. I am meeting people every week… bright,
dynamic, smart, talented,… people who will find a job, and hopefully will remember ME and
let me know when something comes along for my skill set! When you’re unemployed and
looking for your next great position, it’s important that you let EVERYONE know that you
are looking. I’ve seen people land, based on a comment by a “friend who has a friend
who knows someone who is looking for a particular candidate”.
I’ve met actors and musicians, educators, CFOs, EVPs, project managers for any type of
project you can imagine, IT experts in a variety of disciplines, and many other
So, with this knowledge, I’ve created a page of networking groups to help those of you that
are UNEMPLOYED (or about to be)…..
This page lists my personal favorites… and ones you can find me at, as well! Check it out
… forward it to a friend. And look for me on Mondays and Thursdays… I volunteer at two
groups, and, if you have to be unemployed, I’d love to see you at these groups!
October 2, 2009
(a small glitch in my email lists has delayed this edition of the PartyFish Alert. The good
news is, I am just a tad bit smarter when it comes to all things computer!!...kg)
Last week it was summer. This week, it’s fall……..
In the blink of an eye, things change. Things are always changing. And we have to be
able to adapt, or get left behind. I mean, seriously, if you hung on to summer, you’re
going to feel pretty silly (and mighty chilled) in about 2 months if you’re still wearing flip
flops and lightweight cottons!
Yesterday you had a job, today you don’t. Last year you were married, today you’re not.
You dropped your little one off at his first day of school…. except this time, it’s your
grandson! Last month, you were talking to your college buddy. Last week, you’re
attending her funeral.
Time IS flying by…. And the older we get, it definitely flies by faster. Have you dared to
look at your life in retrospect? Do you remember your dreams and your goals? Have you
moved them to some side shelf in your memory, collecting dust? Life is not going to be
the same as it was. It’s not supposed to be. You are where you are today… for good,
bad, or whatever… because you are SUPPOSED to be here. God knows what He is
doing, even if we’re not sure, even if we have doubts., even if we just don’t agree!!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not
harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Maybe our future seems to be on the ‘short side’ of our lives now… but that doesn’t mean
it is any less wonderful, and is probably even better than what we’ve put behind us.
TODAY is what counts……. So take a look at your life, and be honest. What would you
change? How would you change it? And most importantly, when WILL you change it to
make it what you dream for? Get those brain cells working, learn something new. Get
those endorphins working, meet some new friends. Get those saggy muscles working,
and try dancing, or hiking, or exercising. Do it, do it, do it!! God has the plans….. you’ve
got to supply the actions!!!
July 22, 2009
Call it jet lag, or sea legs, or just plain summer slowness…… but it’s been really hard
getting back into the swing of things after returning from Barcelona . Partyfish has added
yet another successful cruise to our history, and left our mark in southern Europe ! The
Mediterranean cruise was amazing… each day, each port was better than the day before.
Someone asked me, which was my favorite? I couldn’t honestly say. Each was different
enough on its own, and offered so much that I can’t make a favorite!
In fact, I’m still working through over 1700 photos that Scott and I took.. and I haven’t even
had a chance to see what the other 28 cruisers did with their cameras! I hope to get a
photo essay done within the next couple of weeks posted to the website for all to see.
In the meantime, since most of you missed this opportunity… I don’t want you to miss the
Cruise Schedule for 2010! Our January Caribbean Cruise is shaping up quite nicely, with
some of the best cruise pricing I’ve seen, EVER! We’ve filled about half of our allotment,
and the rest are going quickly. We’ll keep adding cabins as we need them, but the pricing
may not be as good. (yep, that’s a ‘hurry up and book now’ message!!)
Just imagine.. 7 days in the Caribbean …. Three ports, and three leisurely days at sea.
Warm, sunshiny days in the end of January….. For less than $75 a day!!!! If you haven’t
booked yet, you definitely should.
Or, if you’re saving your vacation time for the summer months, we’ve finally scheduled the
ALASKAN CRUISE. July 27-August 3, 7 days out of Seattle . See the grandeur of God’s
And, guys, did I mention it's a GREAT way to meet some fabulous ladies!!???!!
October 27, 2008
The last week of October… the first week of really cool weather…. And we’re about to
FALL BACK and watch the nights get darker earlier!
Perfect time to try something new, meet some new friends and get outta that rut you’ve
But nobody says it’s going to be easy. You still have to make an effort. Just because you
show up at something doesn’t mean you can just sit back and wait for the ‘new friends’ to
gather round. Someone once said, “Prince Charming isn’t out there knocking on doors….
He’s out there chasing dragons.”
So, you’ve got to go where the dragons are…….. learning a new dance step, taking a
road trip with new faces, show up for dinner or lunch. Embrace life, and you’ll be
surprised at the excitement that awaits.
Cindy contacted PF several months ago, looking to start a ‘new life’…. She was
undergoing a traumatic divorce (aren’t they all!!) and found herself on the short side of
family and friends. To finish reading Cindy’s story, go to She found PF through a friend,
and decided to get ‘her feet wet’ at one of the Bible Studies listed on the site. That week
after attending, the Bible Study organized a ‘chick flick’ night, and Cindy decided to go.
She had only been once, and didn’t really know any of the gals, but she wanted to see the
movie, and she wanted to get out of the house!
Well, AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, the movie was a sell-out, and Cindy didn’t get a ticket,
along with about 5 other ladies. Now, how many of you would have just said,’ tough luck’,
and gone home and wallowed in self pity? Cindy, however, realized that there were other
gals in the same boat, and when she confirmed they were with the same group, they all
decided to head to another theater and catch the same movie there! They carpooled up,
headed to Grapevine, only to find out that they had missed THAT showing. By this time,
they shared a common mission, TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!..., and made plans to go the
following Friday night….but not before heading to a nearby ice cream shop and laughing
and talking and getting to know each other! It was a fine evening indeed, and AS LUCK
WOULD HAVE IT, Cindy started close friendships with each of the gals, who made sure to
include her in other activities. Sometimes our plans are not as WE planned them…. We
have to remember that a Higher Power is involved, and that many doors are waiting for
you to enter, to become the person you were meant to be. But it’s not easy, and it’s
certainly not passive…. You have to take action, and get out there, and just do it!
Be like Cindy, and let’s see what kind of lemonade YOU can make!!!