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‘Riff raff’ the reason we visit Grand Lake

I want to respond to a bumper sticker I purchased while sitting in a local bar in Grand Lake.

The bumper sticker reads, “Proud to be Grand Lake Riff Raff K.M.A” As this was being passed around, my curiosity got the better of me, so I inquired as to its reason. I was informed by a couple of the residents that there were some in Grand Lake that want to “clean up the riff raff in Grand Lake.” I was also told that the funds received from the sale of the sticker would be used for medical expenses of one its town youth.

I promptly purchased a sticker for two reasons. First, who wouldn’t want to help a youth, but secondly, I happen to love your “riff raff.” They are the same people who have extended their warmth and companionship to my husband and me for the past five years. They are the reason that we chose to come over from the Estes Park side of the mountain and spend our time and money on the Grand Lake side. Because of the friendliness shown by the “riff raff,” we have spent thousands of dollars in Grand Lake.

You may be asking yourself if I’m merely “riff raff”, too. I’d like to think not. I am a 46-year-old manager and funeral director of a large funeral home in Wichita, Kan. I take home a middle income wage, live in a very nice middle income home, and choose where to spend my vacation. My husband and I have made several new friends in Grand Lake and we like to spend time with them. We have brought back many stories and adventures to our friends and family who have in turn gone to Grand Lake. I hope the people who have named our friends “riff raff” can look past their turned up noses and appreciate the great people who reside in Grand Lake.

Kay Waller

Wichita, Kan.

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