From Lawrence Welk to WWE

It was a day of contrasts, to say the least.

Our day started off with a visit to the Welk Resort in San Diego. The setting was beautiful, as shown in the picture above. We didn’t get to see much of the resort since we were not staying there, but we did get to walk around the shops a bit and visit the theater.

There is a tribute to Lawrence Welk in the lobby of the theater, and I took a picture of my two Aunts with their hero. My Aunt Mary, the one on the left, actually got to see Welk perform at the Aragon Ballroom in Santa Monica. In fact, she even got a chance to dance with him!


When we got back from our outing, my other California cousin, Krystyna, came by to visit with her family. We had a great time catching up after 49 years, and meeting her husband and son (and his girlfriend).

After they left, we watched the usual Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy shows, but then the big surprise came.

Apparently my California Aunt is a big World Wrestling Entertainment fan, the sport that brought us Bruno Sammartino and Hulk Hogan. And Monday night is WWE Raw, and it is one of her favorite shows on TV.


I haven’t watched professional wrestling since I was in high school, but not much has changed, except the fact that today many of the wrestlers seem to be frequent visitors to the gym, and there are women wrestlers.

It was fun to watch, but even more enjoyable was listening to my Aunt give us the rundown on who everyone is (her favorite is Roman Reigns) and what their backstories are.

I can’t imagine that there are a lot of people who visit a Lawrence Welk Resort in the morning, and then later that night settle into their recliner to watch professional wrestling.

It was a classic example of when worlds collide, and just one more reason I’m loving my time in California…



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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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