Day 2 – Oshkosh 2011

Ladies, have I got an Oshkosh story for you!! I’m staying at Gruenhagen residence hall, one of the tall dorms on the campus of the University of WI at Oshkosh. They’ve got lots of empty dorm rooms for the summer and put up thousands of EAAers every year during AirVenture. I’ve stayed here lots of times in the past and quickly get used to sharing a bathroom down the hall and living without air-conditioning (it’s hot here). So with a good night’s sleep behind me, I got ready to go this morning then made my way to the elevator and hopped on. Big Mistake – should have taken the stairs this time!

NOOOOOO..... don't let me get stuck in this elevator!!

It’s a long story but suffice it to say, YES, I did get stuck in that elevator – by myself – in the dorm – this morning! Ikes!! I relaxed and snapped this picture after I was finally sure somebody realized I was in there and I knew help was on the way. Do you believe there isn’t a magic button somewhere that somebody can hit and get you outta there? No, this was a job for the Oshkosh fire department! I’m not a huge fan of elevators since I got stuck in one several years ago in Florida – by myself – on a hot stuffy day with no air conditioning. All I could think this time was, “please, let the air keep running” and “GET ME OUTTA HERE”! I spent about 25 minutes waiting to be rescued by the Oshkosh Fire Department, talking to a lovely lady on the emergency elevator phone and hollering back and forth to the fire department on the other side of the doors.

The Oshkosh fire dept, me, and the great guy that knew I was stuck in there and wasn't leaving until I was rescued!

This was the very sweet and professional voice on the other side of the elevator doors hollering updates to me on their progress.

So that’s how my day started, on the day we were having our Lady Taildraggers Lunch at the Hilton! No problem though, I was rescued and on my way back to the airport with big plans to meet all the ladies.

We had a great turnout including Heather Gamble, Elaine Kauh & Jenny Schindeldecker

Jeanne MacPherson, Janet Gonzales & Sharon Johnson

Anne Wright (I think she liked the green stuff)

Anne Wright, Anne Dunn & Carole White

And Darlene Kellner!

This is the view from the rooftop restaurant at the Hilton on the field. It's a secret though!

Here's the whole gang!

Thanks ladies for joining me. It was so great to meet everyone and learn a little more about each other. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!!

  • Jeanne MacPherson
    Posted at 07:22h, 02 August Reply

    Thank you, Judy, for getting us all together for lunch at Oshkosh!

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 20:22h, 31 July Reply

    Ha ha! It was that “nice guy” that got Judy stuck in the first place! There’s a lot more to that story than Judy’s letting on…but it’s pretty funny to hear.

    And I had to give up the “green stuff” to the very nice waitress. Oh well…It was great to meet more of the Lady Taildraggers group.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 19:27h, 28 July Reply

    BTW: Hi Anne. I like your fist full of dollars! And glad to see the t-storms let you pass through.

  • Gail
    Posted at 20:01h, 27 July Reply

    OK, remind me to NEVER get in an elevator with you! Too funny! Hope you have a great time!

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 17:43h, 27 July Reply

    There’s a memory for you 🙂
    And now you’ve been stuck in an elevator twice? I hope to hang out with you some more, just for the thrill of waiting to see what happens next.

  • Neroli Henwood
    Posted at 14:25h, 27 July Reply

    Judy, Judy, Judy…. some girls will do ANYTHING to meet a nice fireman!!!
    And look how many you met 🙂
    Glad you are safe and made it to the lovely lunch. Have a great week 🙂

  • Sneha
    Posted at 13:21h, 27 July Reply

    Aw Judy! :'( You look adorable in the elevator picture though! Ha ha ! And I loved the LLT group photo! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of OSH, ladies!!

    Cheers! 🙂

  • Susan
    Posted at 07:37h, 27 July Reply

    Wow! Well… at least it wasn’t jam-packed with people! Glad it all turned out well…and you’ve made new friends with the OSH Fire Department!!

  • shannon gallagher
    Posted at 06:45h, 27 July Reply

    Judy you can’t trust anything to work right on a campus you should know that. Even elevators take the summer off at college. Hope you didn’t panic too bad, and glad your okay. Have fun.

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