Lenette—Typing Teacher And Travel Agent

Lenette taught me how to type, as my handwriting drove her mad. While she enjoyed my discoveries and comments, she found it almost impossible to read left-handed scribbles.

So, she taught me typing, and, over time, I learned and could do my own typing. One problem solved. Then, our problem became travel arrangements and car rentals. That was because every other week, I headed to all points east and west for five days of work in towns close to each other.

Lenette decided to become a travel agent to care for my travel needs. Her new career allowed us to experience extraordinary adventures at reduced costs. She was an excellent travel agent, and we took full advantage of this as often as possible.  

We traveled through most of Europe and purchased a Pop-Top VW there. We picked it up at the factory in Germany and used it to explore Europe for a month, camping the whole time and loving every minute of it.

Lenette and I agreed our favorite discovery was a little town in Switzerland called Mürren. It is a story worth retelling.

After parking near nightfall at the bottom of a mountain, we rode a Cog Rail about 5000 feet up in the rain. The little village at the end of the rail was dark, with only one light on its single street. 

We walked with our backpacks to where the light was, hoping it was an inn. As we drew closer, we caught the wonderful smell of a hot meal. We were thrilled to find the small inn where we found a room and dinner. 

The room was small, with a big bed and a blanket as thick as the bed. The window drapes were closed to the darkness and rain. We left them unopened and hit the sack, thankful for the Inn, meal, and the cloud-like bed. 

When morning came, Lenette pulled the drapes aside, revealing the mountains, cloudy blue sky, and the 5000-foot drop to the valley and river below. The view straight down to the valley below was spectacular!

The village of Mürren was maybe 20 dwellings, and after a wonderful breakfast, we walked to the edge of town, surrounded by farms and high country and the sound of an Alpine horn. We were mesmerized.

We hiked about 5 miles down a steep trail past farms and farmers doing their thing. We found a river and hiked to what we learned were world-famous ski resorts—Mürren on one side of the valley and the ski resorts on the other.

We stayed for a few days and experienced an Alpine horn concert, the great mountains of the Swiss Alps, fantastic food, and generous people. Mürren was etched in our minds forever. 

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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