Lu Janzen, retiring chief executive officer of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, has had a stellar career since 1970—doing what she was “called to do.”
With her leadership and vision the congregate apartments were built and the park homes followed. Our family experienced all of this firsthand with my mom, who first lived in the apartments that offered assisted living, and then moved to Park Home #4 when she needed more care.
Culture change was the biggest event to happen under Lu’s direction. This meant that residents could choose when they wanted to get up in the morning and eat, when and what they wanted instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.
I witnessed Lu as a tireless leader in caring for our loved one and wish to thank her for everything she has done on behalf of our family. I also wish her the best as she moves on to other things she enjoys.
I don’t know how I was able to do it, but I inadvertently got my pocket knife through security at the Wichita airport this past Tuesday on my way to Waterloo, Iowa, for MFCP board of directors meetings.
I didn’t have Nancy along this time to remind me to leave the knife in the car. In the past I have had to throw quite a few knives away for this reason. I even have bought replacement knives three at a time just because of this happening repeatedly.
This trip I didn’t even think about it one time that I shouldn’t take it with me. I normally put all of the metal things I’m carrying in one of the pockets of the carry-on bag I take. Then, once through security, I put it all back in my pockets.
And this time they even stopped me with the carry-on and asked if I had anything sharp, like needles, in the bag. When I said there weren’t any they proceeded to run the bag through the scanner again.
The guy hands it to me and says, “Have a nice trip.”
Then, when I started to put my things back in my pockets at the gate, I noticed that my knife was in there with my change, keys and fingernail clipper. It was a startling revelation.
All I can figure out is that it was nestled in with my keys (I have about 20 on a ring) and wasn’t seen.
My first thought after seeing it with my stuff was: How am I going to bring it back to Kansas going the other direction? I gave it to one of my friends at the meeting who will keep it safe until I return to the next meeting by car in April and can safely retrieve it. In the meantime I am carrying one of my spare pocket knives.
I was talking about this incident with my sister Elaine, who called me on my birthday this weekend. We discussed if it was possible to make an entire column out of this pocket knife caper. I said I thought I probably could and she agreed.
What begs the question is, could it be possible that many more restricted things are making it through security? The government spends about $8 billion a year on airport screening and has spent about $60 billion since its inception.
When I returned through the Waterloo airport a few days later, I saw a metal wine corkscrew and bottle opener in one of the little plastic trays. It went through just fine and was out in the open for all to see.
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