August 5, 2016
This past weekend was supposed to be a reformation meeting for UNYKA after about a 2 year break. Unfortunately the weather decided to interrupt our plans. SO now we have tentatively set the next date for a meeting on Sunday, May 20th in New Berlin NY. Technically Dr. Dan Nielsen will be the host, but we will be meeting at a local pizza shop.
UNYKA has been on hiatus primarily because of the health of some of its members. Several of us have had serious conditions ranging from open heart surgery, to kidney (failure) dialysis and major surgery for a variety of other concerns. It's sad so many of us are 'getting old' at the same time. But the good news is most of us are improving - enough to want to get together again.
Personally, I am going through a difficult time on some other levels. My wife and I are seriously considering a move to Florida. Sadly, Winter is becoming hard on both of us. For me, my heart condition limits how much I am allowed to do with shoveling, etc. and I truly hate the cold weather now - my joints ache more than I want to deal with. I know, I know ... whining ain't gonna help. The things I used to love doing - winter sports, skiing, skating are now things of the past. I can no longer do those things. Basically, I am pretty much restricted to sitting in my office during the worst of the winter weather.
In early May, Phyllis and I will be in Ocala FL to look at homes we might purchase. We are going there because our close friends Kim and Henry Boyd live there now and it would be nice to spend regular time with them again. Of course the other reason is to have access to a great killie club, Sun Coast and the friendships I look forward to renewing once we are there. I also realize I will never run a 200 tank fishroom again, but at least in FL I won't have to pay out thousands of dollars in heating bills - yes some AC, but we would have that anyway. My plan is pretty simple - whatever we use as an office will contain 20-30 tanks and everything will be good. (At least until my addiction takes over and I convert a garage.)
But this is really about getting UNYKA up and running again. Most of the members are looking forward to holding a meeting and that is what we are going to do.