I first met Andy here on our way home from Florida last year. A sweet English fellow, a ‘no nonsense” kind of person. I didn’t know much about Andy as he passed away just after we arrived here this year. You could tell from the reactions of the people here at the park that knew Andy, that he was a very special kind of guy and would be very much missed.
Last evening, the park hosted another “Andy’s Can Party”. I just had to find out as much as I could about Andy by asking the others at the party.
It was his idea that there was a need to recycle the aluminum cans that could be collected through out the year. He took it upon himself to take all the collected cans to the recycle center, saving the funds collected, and have a party at the end of the “Snowbird” season. Being a huge success, the managers of the park designated an area near the dumpster for the collection of aluminum cans. Everyone seems to deposit their cans in the designated area, needing a weekly run to the recycle center.
This year there were at least 100 in attendance. Margareta's, Beer, Soft Drinks, Water and Pulled Pork sandwiches were all available for those who attended. A park resident DJ furnished the background music, and toward the end of the evening, Karaoke and dancing.
George, our park manager, a very close friend of Andy’s, announced that even though Andy cannot be hear in person, he will always be here in spirit and this party in the future will always be known as “Andy’s Can Party” in his honor. An applause from all attending was loud and long for Andy! What a wonderful thing Andy started those many years past. I wish I could have known him as much as George.
Wilma and I had a great time at the party, socializing. We were warned of a possible problem when we were asked when we were leaving. It seems that leaving on April 1st. is not a very wise idea.
Stories of the Police in the rest area’s directing traffic because the area’s were full with no spots to stop and park. Traffic jams so bad that one year it took over 6 hours to get to Tampa, which is just 95 miles North of us!
We will be leaving this type of weather here in Florida, to highs in the 40’s forecasted for Michigan. Winter just doesn’t want to leave Michigan this year! We are going to FREEZE! But we miss our kids and Grandkids very much and that will make it all worth it.
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.