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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The "Talk About Bad Timing" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Reading in the newspaper about the closing of one of the biggest resorts in Lancaster County, the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center.  Seems the 50 year old resort has seen it's better days and is slowly wasting away.  A week or so ago a pipe burst on an upper floor and dumped water onto multiple floors, collapsing ceilings.  And what's worse, the resort had gone to auction the end of last year and wasn't sold, since no one had offered the reserve price.  Then a month or so ago a buyer was found and the resort was finally sold.  Talk about bad timing.  The Host has had problems in the past.  A little over a year ago the resort was unable to serve food for a few weeks after being shut down due to failing a restaurant inspection.  
Was telling my wife about the situation and she said, "Remember when I got really sick from drinking the water at the place years ago?  That was when I worked at the Cytology Laboratory and Dr. Loeb was speaking at the Host and asked everyone at the office to attend.  Don't you remember?  We were living at Manor House Apartments right after we got married.  All the girls went to hear him speak.  I was only 20 years old at the time and everyone else had a drink except me.  I drank a couple of glasses of water and got real sick the next day.  Quite a few people at the Host got sick after the event.  Then, the second day that I was home and you were at school, someone knocked at the door.  I had to drag myself down that flight of steps to open the door.  
Entrance to the Host
It was someone from Jehovah's Witnesses who asked me if I was ready to meet my Lord.  I told the guy that the way I felt,  I was ready right then, and when my Lord didn't immediately show up, I slammed the door and crawled back into bed."  Well, the story in the paper today was saying that it may be best if the new owner just demolished the existing resort and build a new one on the site.  Great location with many tourist attractions nearby.  Only problem is that much of the 160-acre property is zoned rural or agricultural, since the Host is in an area known as "The Garden Spot of America."  Will be interesting to see what the new owners will do with one of the county's premier hospitality properties.  I'll bet the owners who just sold the property are so happy they signed the papers just in time.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.  

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