by Bob Shamo
Having been mistaken for one another on numerous occasions, the four residents to the right in this picture decided it would be fun to test the reader. Oh, and the guy to the far left? An interloper who happened on the scene .. which explains the generally amused expressions. Who’s who? (Doorman Dave, Ed Hinckly, Dan Johnston, Bob Shamo, Ken Anderson)
Dynah Ellison began delivering our mail this past May. Prior to that, she helped Pete, our former mail carrier, with the morning Balmoral and Kenmore portions of his route. But now she’s on her own, arriving at Park Tower a bit later than Pete (about 1:00 pm) and leaving when finished, which can be as late as 7:00 pm.
Her mailrooms are neat and organized with reminders on a few boxes about recent moves, vacations, and the like. She keeps an alphabetical listing of everyone in the building and has a bin for mail that isn’t picked up promptly.
Dynah does her work standing, and her daughters – one a pharmacist and the other completing a physician’s internship — have offered to help crochet washable mats of yarn and recycled garbage bags to “soften” the floor. And she plans to ask if her contractor husband might install new flooring, counter supports and paint.
These improvement, added to the jazz she listens to while sorting, will make the facilities ever so much more comfortable and inviting.
While not exactly a neighbor – she lives on the far south side – Dinah’s quick and engaging smile has already made her a familiar presence in the building. She wants us to know that she loves to “engage,” to answer questions and help in any way she can. She admits to making mistakes but is also determined to fix them ASAP and to not repeat them.
Dynah is dynamic, intelligent, hard-working and creative. Stop and say hello ..You’ll be glad you did!