Three Days in Dayton

You might be wondering about this stop; Dayton isn’t exactly a booming tourist destination.  Our draw was a financial and investing conference for Holly: the University of Dayton’s Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) 2013 Conference.  It was amazing.

The conference began with a prerecorded opening message from Ben Bernanke, followed by discussion and debate from two Federal Reserve Bank Presidents, about the state of the economy and future expectations, moderated by familiar faces from the financial news industry. I had the opportunity to be the proverbial “fly on the wall” in very intense economic discussions, and it was riveting.


Atlanta and Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. with moderator

It was an intense three days of learning, and in a discipline with which I am only somewhat familiar.  Those undergrad finance majors are pretty smart cookies.

Dayton wasn’t all conference…Elton John, (mom’s favorite!) who had been following us around the country for a couple of months now  – his tour had literally missed us by a day or two, in three cities so far this year, and even followed my sister to Baton Rouge – had finally caught up to us.  We saw the Rocket Man himself, on his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Tour.


Elton was fabulous!


“The Bitch is Back” – first song of the evening.

As always, his music brings back warm memories of my momma, who was perhaps his most devoted fan.  Elton’s music provided a noticeable background presence during my growing up years, and hearing him always makes me happy.

We had seen him once before in concert, on a spur-of-the-moment trip to celebrate what turned out to be my mom’s last birthday with us, #48.  I am forever grateful to my former colleague, Lisa Vieke, who insisted on working my weekend, so that I could be with momma.  Mom had a port-a-cath placed that morning, then loaded up with dad, Eric & Lauren and drove to Birmingham, Alabama, in time to meet us for the concert.  It’s a great memory to have shared something mom loved so passionately with her, and this concert brought all of that gemuetlichkeit back.  It was great to see the old bloke again.

On another night, we attended an opera, “The Marriage of Figaro.”  Eric was not too excited about attending, so I eased him into it, by watching the old Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd version of things (“Kill the wabbit!”).  Even so, I had had a long day of conferencing already, and we found ourselves falling asleep, despite the very lovely, very loud atmosphere.  We left at intermission.  Perhaps another time.

Also in Dayton, Eric set himself to the daunting task of attacking the enormous Easter egg given him by his cousin, Gayle.  It took less than two days.


Mmm, peanut butter.

Until next time, cheers!



Enjoying Elton!

2 Responses to “Three Days in Dayton”
  1. Dave says:

    Holly, i know E will never admit to it, but just like the photo at the Red Rocks concert, he looks stoned…..with the BIG Time munchies….snarfing that enormous Easter egg:)!

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