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  • It Was An All Day Day!

    Posted on December 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Huh?  Well. we departed home at 11:00 AM and returned at midnight! First we went to Seasons’s 52 for lunch and then across the street to see a Christmas Carol for our 28th time!  Join the fun with family!

    Special moments with family

    Special moments with family

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    Another wonderful production of “A Christmas Carol”

    We then headed home to change into formal wear and go to LAX for a dinner dance.

  • All Is Well The Hats Were Found!

    Posted on December 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Today began with Sue going to the hair salon to get a trim.  Paul dropped her off and went back home to look for the Santa hats.  After the trim, we went to the Himalayan Grill for a great lunch and to make reservations for the 20th…  The celebration of Paul’s birthday and the walk through Naples.

    We thought we would have to cancel Christmas as Paul could NOT find his twenty Santa Hats!  He worked outside for two hours going through each of the 60 Christmas storage boxes and zip, nada!  No Hats!  So, Paul finally went in the house and looked in the closet. (OK, Sue suggested that earlier) What is this “wine box” at the bottom of the closet?  DANG… There they were in all their glory…the missing hats! Christmas can proceed on schedule!

    We got all cleaned up and went to Old Ranch for a drink about 5:00 PM before going to Santa Ana…  Good move as we were late to Santa Ana but got a GREAT table on the dance floor.  Join the  fun.

    Donna dropped by the table and grabbed Paul’s hat so she could look like Santa.

    Welcome to the Santa Ana Elks Christmas Tree Lane 12/2/2016

    Perhaps a dwarf Santa or deranged Elf?

    Paul, delivering one of his well known zingers, informed her  it was NOT a hat… It was his thong!

    Oops!

    Oops! (p.s. The picture above is NOT Paul)

    Needless to say the thong was tossed across the table and Paul got the “Mom look” from Donna and Sue.

    Paul is in hot water.... again!

    Paul is in hot water…. again!

    We also relived the great sushi adventure with Brian and Jan.

    Jan may never forgive Paul

    Jan may never forgive Paul

    We departed for home about 10:00 PM and watched some Star Trek before crashing…  Tomorrow is a BIG day!

     

  • To The Huntington

    Posted on December 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to the Huntington Library with Brian and Jan Finch.  We saw NASA’s Orbit Pavillion and it was quite interesting. Apparently some musicians looked at the missions of the satellites and developed “sounds” for that particular mission so when the satellites are overhead, the music is played form any of 24 speakers located on the inside of the sphere. Join the fun!

    Listen to the sounds of the Earth Observing Satellites

    Listen to the sounds of the Earth Observing Satellites

    While walking through the gardens Brian and Paul stumbled up the “sausage tree” and our thoughts immediately went to Hans!

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    We the took a walk through the cactus gardens and then to the Tea Room for an “High Tea”.  we ate little goodies until we were ready to bust!

    Brian attempts to figure out the menu!

    Brian attempts to figure out the menu!

    We walked the Japanese and Chinese gardens before heading for home and sushi!  Brian attacks the sake and sushi!  Great fun for all.

    Oh oh....

    Oh oh….

    We then headed for home to watch a Christmas (Hallmark Christmas 2016) movie called “A Christmas Melody” before watching Star Trek.

    “A Christmas Melody” revolves around Kristin (Lacey Chabert), a beautiful, stylish divorcee who is a talented clothing designer and her young daughter. Kristin has just had to close her small Manhattan boutique to return to her Ohio home town and live in her parents’ former home. It’s an adjustment for Kristin and Emily – especially when she runs into her former high school rival Melissa (Mariah Carey). Melissa is president of the PTA and tries to make Kristen feel as unwelcome as possible. Kristen and Emily struggle to find their new normal with the help of the music teacher Danny (Brennan Elliott) and Kristin’s Aunt Sarah (Kathy Najimy), the local coffee shop owner. With a little holiday magic and music, Kristin and Emily find that home is where the heart is.

    Cute movie...

    Cute movie…

    OK Star Trek… Here we come!

  • Great Last Day Of November

    Posted on November 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed near the house most of the day as Paul thought he was getting a bug but that was not the case.  we went to the nursery about 2:30 to pick up some new vegetables.  The derned sow bugs got to several baby veggies and we did not see them under the mulch until it was too late.  The bugs are now gone and we are ready to replace the plants.

    Old Ranch is decorated for Christmas

    Old Ranch is decorated for Christmas

    We stopped by Old Ranch for a glass of wine before going home.  At 5:00 we headed to La Mirada to stop at Mr. V’s before going to Charlie’s and Alex’s Whittier Christian Christmas Play held at the La Mirada Performing Arts Center.

    Mr. V;s had interesting beers

    Mr. V’s had interesting beers and the service was OUTSTANDING!

    While we did not expect anything special it was an amazing production.  Probably 100+ kids all in the K-6 grades did AMAZING.  We found ourselves toe tapping and applauding all the time!  Even the first grade violin serenade was good.

    Charlie, Alex, and their cheering section after the play!

    Charlie, Alex, and their cheering section after the play!

     

     

  • Golf, Patty’s And A Movie

    Posted on November 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul hit the sidewalk today for an hour plus.  He did not take a lot of pictures as we are waiting for December 1st to get here.

    Chugging right down the avenue

    Chugging right down the avenue

    The walk was great as Paul spotted many pictures when the ol’ trusty Canon comes out on December 1st!

    Definitely winter time in Los Angeles

    Definitely winter time in Los Angeles

    We then had a great lunch of veggie sausage and Theden’s sauerkraut!  Fantastic!  Now it is off to Old Ranch for nine holes of golf!  We had fun batting that silly ball around.  We did some happy house before going home to change!  Change, you ask?  Of course, we went to Patty’ Place to deliver grapegruit to Chuck and receive a Christmas gift basket from he and his bride!

    Home Jeeves…. Time for the treadmill and a Christmas movie! Thank you Hallmark!  We watched “Just In Time For Christmas”.

    Lindsay has to make a tough decision: stay in her small hometown and marry longtime beau Jason, or accept a once-in-a-lifetime job teaching at an Ivy League college thousands of miles away. Fortunately, a magical messenger gives her a priceless Christmastime gift: Lindsay is instantly transported three years into the future, so she’ll be able to make the decision today that will be best for her future. Stars Eloise Mumford, Michael Stahl-David, William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd.

    Just In Time For Christmas

    Just In Time For Christmas

    We then hit the last episode of Season Three of Star Trek…  It’s been a wild ride!

  • Monday And We Know What That Means

    Posted on November 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    One more time around the block for Paul.  An hour walk revealed new decorations everywhere!  After returning home and having lunch we went to the market and then headed to Malarkey’s Irish Pub for our Happy Hour!

    We had crazy Greg, the Finch’s and the Rodecker’s.  Irene was playing in the snow today!

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    The sunset was just “OK” today as the clouds seemed to dampen the effects

    We met up with Brian and Jan so Brian could do his first hamburger of this visit!  We coordinated schedules for the remainder of the week.  Wally and Ghislaine are heading to France for Christmas and we will not see them until December 31st.

    The Champion Chomper at work

    The Champion Chomper at work

    Paul did the Shrimp Scampi and avoided the hamburgder… It was NOT easy!

    First burger of this visit

    First burger of this visit

    Ghislaine yelled “What is happening” and all of a sudden a huge black cloud descended on the sunset… Pretty amazing!

    Looked a little spooky outside

    Looked a little spooky outside

    It was warm and cozy on the inside however!

    Looked much better inside

    Looked much better inside

    When we got home, we watched the Hallmark Christmas movies while Sue did the treadmill.

    A Bride For Christmas – After Jessie Patterson (Arielle Kebbel) calls off her third engagement – at the altar! – she swears off serious relationships until she finds “the one.” That is, until charming but chronically single Aiden MacTiernan (Andrew Walker) comes along. Unbeknownst to Jessie, Aiden has bet his friends that he can convince a woman to marry him by Christmas – which is only four weeks away – and Jessie is the target of his bet. As Aiden attempts to court Jessie by first hiring her to decorate his apartment, Jessie looks to her sister, roommate and interior design company partner, Vivian (Kimberly Sustad) as her closest confidant. To complicate matters, Jessie is doggedly pursued by her most recent ex-fiancé, Mike (Sage Brocklebank), who still wants to marry her. When Aiden finds himself falling for Jessie too, will he call off the bet and truly pursue her?

    We just love the Hallmark movies

    We just love the Hallmark movies

    The to Star Trek Enterprise where we watch three episodes… Everytime one ended we looked at each other and said… “Just one more”.  we are now at Season 3 Episode 24.  After tomorrow we have Season 4 remaining and that has 24 episodes.  The next series will be Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the third live-action television series in the Star Trek franchise and aired in syndication from January 1993 through June 1999. There were a total of 176 episodes over the show’s seven seasons.

  • Really A Lazy Day

    Posted on November 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul finished off the Topper’s newsletter with the help of Editor-In-Chief Sue.  After printing 60 copies, he took off on the morning walk.

    Paul walked to try and keep his weight under control…. You know, it is that time of the year! Seems everyplace we go it a food challenge.  Paul is thinking about blinders and a clothes pin on his nose to keep from wanting to eat!

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    Around the neighborhood we go… Where we stop, nobody knows

    Well, ding-dong!  The wicked-witch is gone… Oh, sorry Hildabeast!

    Decorations are starting to appear in earnest

    Decorations are starting to appear in earnest

    Is it an early present for Paul or simply a decoration?  Paul took the high road and did not try to open them!

    For me?

    For me?

    When Paul got home, he continued working on the 2016 Feuerzangenbowle Website while Sue did the Topper’s invitations. That means folding the 60+ newsletters, stuffing them in envelopes, putting on labels and stamps, sealing the envelopes and getting them ready to mail!

    We then sat down to watch Christmas Movies while Sue did the afternoon treadmill.  We watch two Hallmark Channel Christmas movies before the treadmill was done and we were catching cabin fever.

    A Crown For Christmas – After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in an actual castle. After arriving, Allie learns the girl is named Princess Theodora and her father is Maximillian, the King of Winshire. The King informs Allie that the Princess has a tendency to terrorize authority figures, a predilection that has grown worse since her mother’s death. Yet governess and Princess wind up hitting it off while at the same time a spark forms between Allie and Max. However, Countess Celia is expecting to wed the King. Will Max take a stand for his feelings for Allie and make it truly a merry Christmas for all (or at least, most)?

    A Crown For Christmas

    A Crown For Christmas

    Christmas List – Isobel plans a storybook Christmas with her boyfriend, including a snow-covered cottage in the Northwest, and a carefully composed bucket list of classic holiday traditions. But when the boyfriend goes AWOL, the list proves challenging and a tempting new romance turns her life upside down.

    The movie is based on the novel “The Christmas Bucket List” by Ella Fairlie, and stars Alicia Witt and Gabriel Hogan.

    Hallmark Christmas List

    Hallmark Christmas List

    We got cleaned up and headed to Old Ranch for a night cap! Dang… The place was empty so we stayed and visited with the staff as it was Sunday night and they had to be there.  The cold and windy weather chased everybody away!

    we went home and watched some Star Trek before crashing!

  • A Day Off? Not Likely!

    Posted on November 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We were up and at them with Paul working on the Friday evening website prior to going for an hour walk around the neighborhood.  After returning home, we cleaned up and headed for Seasons 52 in Costa Mesa for a wonderful lunch.  Paul did the trout as usual and it was still fantastic!  The manager joined us at the table and presented us with a really nice wooden box contaiing a special cork screw.  He said it was because we were such good clients having joined them many many times this year!

    Then, off to the Orange Country Performing Ats Center to see Moma Mia.  Lousy story line but great musical!

    It was raining hard at the break

    It was raining hard at the break

    MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s our turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This was our fourth time seeing the musical and every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!

    Great show... Toe tapping music

    Great show… Toe tapping music

    It was a rainy afternoon and when we went into the theater at 2:00 it was threatening and at 5:00 PM when we departed it was pouring so we stopped at the Center Club and spend and hour or so having a glass of wine and Paul had oysters.  We met and, sue to the rain and few people,  talked extensively to Chris, Director of Food and Beverage.  The Center Club is private but as a member of Old Ranch CC, we can visit them anytime.

    Entering the Center Club

    Entering the Center Club

    The club was warm and not terribly busy so we sat at the bar until the rain let up.

    The oysters were terrific

    The oysters were terrific

    Departing the OC Performing Arts Center going to the Elks was a short drive… Maybe eleven minutes max.  The rain was pretty much a heavy dew by this time.

    Rainy drive to the Elks

    Rainy drive to the Elks

    Ah! The Garden Grove Elks seems like some.  The people are so friendly and we have Brad and Susie-Q playing this evening so we danced quite a bit.   The Zaitz, Roberts, Kuhn’s Brander’s were all there plus Irene joined us a little later.

    Slight rain when we arrived and dry/black skies when we departed

    Slight rain when we arrived and dry/black skies when we departed

    In the back room the Christmas Tree was already set up and spreading cheer!

    The Elks was warm and inviting

    The Elks was warm and inviting… Our first “official post Thanksgiving” Christmas Tree

    We danced until about 10:00 and decided to head for home.  The skies were cloudless and the rain had stopped totally.  We made it home without a hitch!  Time for some Star Trek before crashin… Tomorrow is really a lazy day!

     

  • Feuerzangenbowle Time!

    Posted on November 25th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Hans and Kerstin have again invited us to their beautiful home to celebrate the Christmas season with a Feuerzangenbowle. This is our fourth year of celebrating the day after Thanksgiving with the Thedens and friends and it is always a great affair.  Join the fun!

    So much fun!

    So much fun!

    We headed home and watched some Star Trek and talked about the evening all the way home.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted on November 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Yeah! Another year has passed an we are giving thanks again! Join us at Old Ranch and later in the day with our son and grandson and great greatddaughter!

    We enjoy the holiday with friends and famly

    We enjoy the holiday with friends and family

    We went to Old Ranch Country Club for Thanksgiving and celebrated for three hours dining on turkey, watching the GREAT TURKEY FIGHT between Hans and Mr. “T”, and visiting.

    Eighteen friends and family members joined us today!

    Eighteen friends and family members joined us today!

  • Great Day In The Neighborhood

    Posted on November 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Another pre-Thanksgiving walk was in order. Paul prepares himself for the coming food coma. He said he would be good this year but that never happens!  We have three places to go which means three plus plates of goodies.

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    It was a good walk this morning

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    Love those flowers

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    So beautiful… Mother Nature brightens up the day

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    Thanksgiving decorations were out in full force

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    Indeed it is!

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    The first Christmas Tree in Rossmoor

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    Santa went flat!

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    The first wrapped tree this season!

    After the walk, we went to Old Ranch and played nine holes and then some happy hour with Bunny, James, and Linda!  The game was a bit slow as we were paired up with another twosome but it was OK.  Bob and Carla were very interesting and Bob and Paul’s  golf games were somewhat alike!

    After Happy Hour we went to Happy Hour Squared, Patty’s Place for a drink and Paul had dinner.  Then off to home to get ready for the big day!

  • Walking And Golfing

    Posted on November 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    The day began with Paul taking a walk in the neighborhood!

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    45 minutes today… Bad legs

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    It was a good walk and Christmas is already out and about!

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    The flowers were beautiful this morning

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    Mr. Gobble at your service

    We then headed to Old Ranch to enjoy a round of golf!  The best hole is #9 as Lilly comes to visit.

    Fact 1 – The swan mates for life
    Fact 2 – Swan Upping – the swan census – Swan Upping is a yearly ceremony in Britain in which mute swans on the River Thames are rounded up, caught, marked, and then released during the third week of July
    Fact 3 – The historic ceremony of Swan Upping dates from the 12th century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. Traditionally, the UK King or Queen owns all unmarked mute swans on the River Thames
    Fact 4 – Swan meat was once regarded as a delicacy in England especially during the reigns of the Tudors when they featured in great banquets
    Fact 5 – The Black Swan is featured as an emblem on the Australian state of Western Australia and are also displayed on the coat of arms of Canberra
    Fact 6 – The collective name for a group is a bevy, or lamentation
    Fact 7 – Males are called cob
    Fact 8 – Females are called pen
    Fact 9 – The names given to babies are signets (cygnets)
    Fact 10 – The legs of the swan are normally a dark blackish grey colour

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    “Thanks for the grub Grandma”

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    Eating every little bit!

    After golf we went to Kobe Steakhouse with Luisa to have a sashimi and sushi dinner.  We visited for a couple of hours before going home!

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    The fish were ready for the sacrifice

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    The sushi looked wonderful….

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    Paul did the sashimi (no rice)

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    Our chef, Manny, gave us an additional “on-the-house” selection he made just for us

    We texted Joe with a picture of our meal and Amy texted back that Joe left to get some sushi to go….  We made him hungry!

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    Notice the “to-go” box Joe got from his “drive-thru sushi joint”

    We sped home and Sue hit the treadmill before we watched Star Trek.

  • Great Day

    Posted on November 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s Monday so that means Malarkey’s. We are celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Zack and Becca. They make a beautiful couple!

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    Looking good!

    We of course went to Malarkey’s for Happy Hour.

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    The sun was setting across the bay

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    Black and white adds some nostalgia!

    We went home and watched some Star Trek before crashing for the evening…. Golf tomorrow!

  • Puttering Around And Dancing

    Posted on November 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul took it easy (sort of) today to allow the antibiotics to work on the lungs.  We got gussied up and headed to the Petroleum Club for our monthly Topper’s Dinner Dance.  Great fun.  Please join us!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    We danced until the wee hours … About 10:00 PM Topper’s time.

    Just Little Ol' Us

    Just Little Ol’ Us

    We crashed because tomorrow is another big dancing day!

  • Last Dance Of The Year At The Phoenix Club

    Posted on November 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We took it easy again as we want the antibiotics to do their thing.  Sue worked in the kitchen making wonderful lunches and Paul puttered in the garden putting final touches on such things as the nets for the peas and putting a little more mulch in dry areas.

    We got cleaned up and headed to the Phoenix Club for the last dance of the year.  The club goes dark for us as they need to room for all the special holiday parties and such!

    We will miss the big bands until January

    We will miss the big bands until January

    After getting home we watched a little Star Trek and crashed!  It’s a big dancing weekend for us!

     

  • To The CT Scan And Disneyland

    Posted on November 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul went to the CT San facility in Los Alamitos and had the chest examined.  The breathing is not going well.  We were going to play golf but alas, it was decided to wait until the breathing got better.  We had drinks at Old Ranch before going to Disneyland and the Catal restaurant.  We are celebrating Bob Duda’s 51st Birthday (He is two days younger than Mitch).  As usual, we had a great time!

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    The girls are all smiles

    Happy Birthday Bob!

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    Just us hanging out!

    We talked and giggled for hours.

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    The is a group to draw to! Grandson Nick just shakes his head!

    We dropped by Patty’s Place afterwords before going home and watching Star Trek reruns.

  • Paul Finishes The Winter Garden And We Celebrate Mitch’s Birthday

    Posted on November 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Time to complete the winter garden with a nice layer of straw mulch!  We have lettuce, onions,Swiss chard, peas, broccoli, cabbage, strawberries, and other delights.  We are still pulling asparagus from this years crop!

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    The mulch is like magic in terms of keeping the ground moist and not allowing it to dry out

    The shelling peas are climbers so Paul put up a net to give them support.  In a few weeks they ought to be climbing high and producing peas for the table!

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    The peas can climb all they want now and the asparagus in the background are still producing.

    We took Mitch out to dinner at the Summit House in Fullerton which is close to Zack’s place.  We dropped by Zack’s place to see the results of the tree trimming activities.  What a difference!

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    A slab of prime rib for the birthday boy!

    That there is a hunk of meat and it was NOT the largest one either…. The next size cut is where they bring in the entire cow!

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    Looks like the entire cow!

    Lamb shank fall off the bone tender over a great risotto!  Simply wonderful!

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    Paul went for the lamb… Fall off the bone delicious! Look out diet… You done been done in!

    Chomp… Lick… Wipe… Chomp… Lick…Wipe…  Paul was like a machine devouring every morsel of that meal!

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    Paul gnawed the bone it was so good!

    Time to sing to “The Ol’ Man”!

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    …Yes, we sang Happy Birthday out in public!

    Leaving the Summit House the moon was up and looked magical so out came the iPhone!

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    As we departed the Summit House it was a wonderful Fall evening

    On our way home to the treadmill and some Star Trek!

  • A Short Walk And Malarkey’s For Happy Hour

    Posted on November 14th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul’s breathing is again becoming an issue so the normal walk was shortened to 45 minutes but the sights are still interesting.

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    People are so very creative with their decorations for the holidays!

    Welcome to Rossmoor!

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    Right back at you!

    Paul did a short walk.

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    Forty minutes is still OK

    We went to Malarkey’s for Happy Hour and the Rodecker’s joined the gang this evening.  We laughed and giggled for three hours!  Great fun with Irene, Greg, Wally and Ghislaine!

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    Sunset on the bay… We never get tired of seeing this!

    Home for the treadmill and then a little Star Trek.

  • We Relaxed And Then It Was Off To Old Ranch Country Club For Dinner Dancing

    Posted on November 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul worked in the garden and Sue continued cleaning up after the 1,500 mile Utah trip.

    The dinner dance was a load of fun!  We had almost 30 joining us this evening.  Paul was so tired of the camera, he only brought the iPhone!

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    The sun was setting as we entered the club

    Wil brought a cake to celebrate cake?!

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    It’s meaning is well hidden

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    Hans and Sue share a story!

    Irene captured the baby and tread Luisa’s grandson to a litter Chattanooga Choo Choo

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    They are never too young for good music!

    Del is up and that means the polka!  Luisa is learning the polka.. Excellent!

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    The ten step as it was never intended to be danced!

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    Bernie… Our answer to the Energizer Bunny

    We headed home about 9:00 PM and watched Star Trek before hitting the hay.

  • Saturday After A Trip And Time To Rest!

    Posted on November 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Simple!  We stayed home and rested getting all of our clothes cleaned and the suitcases put up.  Paul worked on the website getting the trip ready to go.  We did chores (emails, bills, laundry, market) and decided not to go dancing.  He went for a walk to get the ol’ body back in shape!

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    An hour walk feels pretty good

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    Paul moved right along

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    Sue had a great idea…. Kobe Steakhouse! The moon was just rising!

    Just around the corner from Old Ranch. To Kobe Steakhouse for a lite meal and a drink before going home to watch Star Trek!

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    Sashimi assortment!

  • Going Home

    Posted on November 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We left St. George at about 9:30 AM and headed towards Las Vegas Nevada. We made such a good time that we did not have lunch until Barstow.

    We dined again at Oggi’s where  Paul quote pigged out” on a huge hamburger.

    Traffic was not too bad so we ended up being at our house by 5:00 o’clock p.m. Join the drive.

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    Six hours seemed to go fast

    After unloading the baggage from the car, we went to Old Ranch Country Club for a drink and visit with friends.

    We then returned home and watched four episodes of Star Trek before crashing for the evening.

  • West Jordan To St. George

    Posted on November 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Hi ho, here we go.  We hit Interstate I-15 running but we did not realize that for most of the way the speed limit was 80 miles an hour. That’s a little rich for Paul’s blood… Ha Ha.

    During one little portion of the trip, Paul looked down and was doing 95 miles an hour and still being passed by others.  Join us on the trip down.

    The four hours went fast!

    The four hours went fast! Real fast!

    We arrived at Saint George early in the evening before the sun went down and decided to visit the St. George Elks Lodge… We were very happy we did!

    We stopped at the Elks and met several nice people what's we got to dance

    We stopped at the Elks and met several nice people and we got to dance

    We checked into the same hotel that we stayed in on Moday night, Hotel On The Cliff. We decided not to go out to eat so we walked thirty feet from our room to the “Restaurant On The Cliff” and enjoyed a super meal overlooking the city.

    A great meal and a beautiful setting

    A great meal and a beautiful setting… With a beautiful lady! Life is good!

    Tomorrow is a big day so we watched some Star Trek before crashing!

  • Visiting With Laurie

    Posted on November 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    After staying up quite late, we headed for Laurie’s about noon.

    The most important thing today was the fact we won and threw the bums out of Washington!  Drain the swamp! Goodbye socialism, goodbye dishonest lying rats!

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    We went out to the Himalayan Kitchen for lunch and then took a tour of West Jordan given by Laurie. We returned to Laurie’s house after seeing the Lake House and met some of her friends. We were all very happy with the results of the election!

    We left Laurie’s house about 8:30 PM and went to the Market Grill Restaurant again for dinner. The meal was exceptional. Paul had seafood and Sue discovered another delicious salad.

    Market Street Grill

    Market Street Grill

    We returned to our hotel room about 10:30 PM  and crashed as tomorrow is a long drive. Please join us for our return home.

  • Onward To West Jordan, Utah

    Posted on November 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Left the hotel approximately 9:00 a.m. And headed towards State Route 9 (SR-9) which goes through Zion National Park.  It was a beautiful drive through the park and we stopped many times to take pictures. The most exciting part of that drive was going through the mile and one half long tunnel carved out of solid rock. Please join us for the ride through the park.

    We are entering the park

    We are entering the park

    Look out, the switchbacks are coming… Hairpin turns up the side of a mountain!  GPS told us what was coming.

    The 1.1 mile long tunnel was amazing.... Built in 1930

    The 1.1 mile long tunnel was amazing…. Built in 1930

    They ran out of room so they had to burrow through solid rock 1 1/2 miles!

    Hold your breah

    Hold your breath… It’s a tight squeeze!

    On the way out of the park we stopped at Carmel Junction  (junction of SR-9 and US-89) and had a great lunch at the Thunderbird restaurant. The waitress was very helpful because normally on election day they cannot serve wine. We asked if it would be okay if we brought in our own. She did not know but offered to call the authorities. It worked out that we could bring in our own wine bottle from the car. It was a delightful lunch!

    No, the sign is not incorrect… read below

    No, the sign is not incorrect… read below

    When the sign was originally built in 1930, the gentleman who made this sign misjudged the amount of space he needed to put in the words “Home Made Pies” so he decided to make it “Ho-Made Pies”.  Until recently with the ugly rap music no one paid any attention. The restaurant management decided that the history was more important than today’s music so he left it as is!

    Paul had a piece of ho-made pie and it was excellent. Not as good as my Aunt Edith’s!

    We go into West Jordan at dusk and checked into the hotel before heading to Laurie’s home.  We visited for several hours watching the results of the election.

    We went to the Market Grill in the parking lot and had a drink before returning to the hotel.

  • Off We Go To St. George Utah!

    Posted on November 7th, 2016 Paul No comments

    At 10:00 a.m. We headed out interstate 10 towards Las Vegas and ultimately St. George Utah. It was a beautiful day for driving, very little traffic  and beautiful weather. We covered almost 400 miles today. We ended up driving into St. George when it was dark. We checked in to our hotel and found a Mexican restaurant (Ricardo’s)  that served alcohol so all was good. Please join day one of our adventure.

    Our hotel was on a cliff overlooking the city

    Our hotel was on a cliff overlooking the city

    We had an excellent meal at Ricardo’s and also met a delightful waitress. We had a nice glass of wine before returning back to the hotel.

    Mexican food in Utah... This is good!

    Mexican food in Utah… This is good!

    Back to the hotel to rest for the next evening!

  • Tasting Wine And Good Music… Nice Combination

    Posted on November 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to the GG Elks for afternoon wine tasting wit Bob and Donna.  We ordered a case of wine.  They had several excellent wines to select from.  We bought the entire case mostly because we like to support their Christmas program.  It was a lot of fun.

    We went home after the tasting and freshened up a bit before going to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see “The Midtown Men”.  The music was outstanding. We went to bed early tonight because we are leaving for Salt Lake City in the morning.

    As original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, they took the world by storm. Now Tony winner Christian Hoff, Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, and Daniel Reichard are back! The four bring to life their favorite ’60s hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, and The Four Seasons, including Can’t Buy Me Love, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Bye Bye Baby.

  • Off To South Coast Reperatory

    Posted on November 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Farce time!  We went to see “Destiny Of Desire”.  On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one to poverty, one to privilege—and then secretly switched by a scheming former beauty queen. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. Or is it destiny? In this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas, forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion abound. (And musical numbers make it the perfect guilty pleasure!)

    But first, Seasons 52 for a delightful lunch and a super dessert!

    Calories dalore but who cares?

    Calories dalore but who cares?

    Christmas decorations are already out!

    Christmas decorations are already out!

    Fun
  • Errands And Errands…

    Posted on November 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We ran around town getting things done so we passed up golf today.  Sue went to get her hair cut  and we decided to go to California Pizza Kitchen for a quick lunch!

    California Pizza Kitchen has a new item... Spicy Cauliflower Wings

    California Pizza Kitchen has a new item… Spicy Cauliflower Wings

    In the afternoon we did get cleaned up and went to Old Ranch for Happy Hour where we met up with the gang.

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    The sunset was magnificent from the Old Ranch patio

    After that we went to the Garden Grove Elks and danced until about 10:30.  Everybody was there this evening so the banter was running at about 145% of normal!

    Then? Back home we went to watch Star Trek!

  • Thursday And More Golf

    Posted on November 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Yes… We did it again!  We played the third day in a row as we will be busy next week.  It was a perfect day to play.  The weather was fantastic.

    Swinging into November

    Swinging into November

    We stayed for Happy Hour and then headed home to change so we could go to the Phoenix Club to dance!

    After the dance we departed for the Alpha Galaxy to join Star Trek.

  • More Golf….

    Posted on November 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We played golf again and the weather was perfect!  We were doing great today!  We never keep score so it is always “great”.

    Paul got the walk in... Two miles in two hours

    Paul got the walk in… One and a half  miles in two hours

    The sound was remarkable!  When we heard them they were over Katella Boulevard the other side of the Joint Forces Trainig Base. The closer they got, the louder they were!

    We heard the sound! 51 Canadian Geese flew right over the course

    We heard the sound! 51 Canadian Geese flew right over the course

    The black head and neck with a white “chinstrap” distinguish the Canada goose from all other goose species, with the exception of the cackling goose and barnacle goose (the latter, however, has a black breast and gray rather than brownish body plumage). The seven subspecies of this bird vary widely in size and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada geese.

    The goose weighs in at 20 pounds!

    The goose weighs in at 20 pounds!

    When Sue shows up on the ninth hole, Lilly comes a running (OK, swimming) over to get her meal!  So do some ducks.  Lilly recognizes Sue from 100 yards out!

    Grandma feeds the babies

    Grandma feeds the babies

    We did some Happy Hour before deciding to go to Patty’s Place for a drink.  We met up with an old Boeing friend.  We tasted some scotch which was interesting.  Paul Rusnock had a salad and then we hit home!

    We tasted scotch with _____

    We tasted some scotch with Paul Rusnock

    Time to go home and do the treadmill and watch some Star Trek!

    On our way home to watch Star Trek and the Treadmill

    On our way home to watch Star Trek and the Treadmill

    In the first episode Captain Archer, Commander Tucker and Sub-Commander T’Pol are having dinner in honor of the first anniversary of T’Pol’s assignment aboard Enterprise. During conversation, Archer asks why T’Pol traveled to Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania before she joined Enterprise. T’Pol reveals that, contrary to human belief that the first contact between humans and Vulcans occurred in the mid-2060s (as seen in Star Trek: First Contact), it actually occurred a century earlier. Tucker and Archer react incredulously to this claim, so T’Pol offers to tell them her great-grandmother’s story.

    You can read about the next episode on Wiki

  • November Be Here!

    Posted on November 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    Today is November 1st!  Wow!  Only a few days until Thanksgiving and Christmas!  We played golf and then had Happy Hour with Robin and Greg.  It was a super day perhaps a bit on the cool side.

  • Happy Halloween

    Posted on October 31st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house today except for a run to the market.  But at 4:00, we headed to Malarkey’s to celebrate Halloween with some of the gang.  Marianne and Craig, Vicky and Del, Donna and Bob, and Irene joined us.  We really missed Greg Leach but he had a medical procedure and had to stay home. We watched the sunset and told ghost stories the rest of the evening.  Join the fun!

    Having fun with friends

    Having fun with friends

    Going to Malarkey's

    Going to Malarkey’s

    After getting home around 9:00 we watched some Star Trek before crashing. The first episode was about the crew of Enterprise finding more than just pleasure during their shore leave on Risa.

    The second episode was a two parter.. The first one closes season one and the next part was the opener for the second season.

  • Bad Case Of Lazy

    Posted on October 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We just stayed home today… Well, OK… We finished the Halloween Website for the pumpkin carving and did 150+ invites to the Toppers and Starlighter’s Dinner Dance Clubs.  We finally got cabin fever and headed for Kobe Streak House (within walking distance of our house).  Paul pigged out on sushi rolls!

    Paul came in looking like this (Well, sort of(

    Paul came in looking like this (Well, sort of)

    When this dish arrived, Paul immediately texted Joe with a picture of the sushi!  The response came back immediately with a “Wish we were there”!

    Avacado, Crab, and baked salmon roll

    Avacado, Crab, and baked salmon roll

    Octopus carpaccio was yummy… Maybe a “little chewey” but that how the octopus rolls…

    Octopus carpaccio

    Octopus carpaccio (carpaccio is Italian for raw)

    Why didn’t Paul stop?  Just looked to good not to order!

    Then soft-shelled clam roll

    Then soft-shelled clam roll

    Paul ordered something else but the Sushi Chef only gave him this…

    {aul shour have kept looking at him for strngth

    Paul should have kept looking at him for strength

    We went home and Sue hit the treadmill while we watched NCIS.  We then retired to the dining room and watched Star Trek until about 12:30 PM.

    Tonight Enterprise was captured by  a strange, symbiotic alien creature and captures several crew members, it’s up to Ensign Hoshi Sato to decipher the creature’s complex language.

    If that were not bad enough, Captain Archer is ordered to transport Vulcan Ambassador V’Lar from a planet where her integrity has been called into question.

    We crashed at 12:30!

  • Busy Busy Busy!

    Posted on October 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It was a busy day!   We departed for the Himalayan Grill at 11:00 and met up with the family so we could have brunch before cutting up the pumpkins.  Join us at brunch!

    Fun with family!

    Fun with family!

    After brunch we headed home to become cutups!  The pumpkins were diced and sliced and no one lost a single finger!  Please join the fun!

    Pumpkin carving with the Liles' October 29th 2016

    Pumpkin carving with the Liles’ October 29th 2016

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Immediately after the carving, we headed to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to have dinner with the Branders and see the Big Bad VooDoo Daddy. The band was originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris.

    At the theater

    At the theater

    After getting home we watched Star Trek Enterprise where Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather are detained by the Tandarans in a Suliban internment camp. Learning of the Suliban’s persecution by the Tandarans, Archer enlists the aid of Enterprise and his crew.

  • Slow Days Are A Pain So We Sped It Up!

    Posted on October 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We didn’t do much today.  We are the newsletter and secretaries for two dance groups.  Every other month the dances are day apart so we have to prepare the materials and mailings for two clubs! Today was that day.  We printed about 130 copies, made all the mailing labels, and got everything ready to go for Sunday’s “stuffing party”.

    Sue made an absolutely terrific shallot dish from our own shallots!  She added some magic and cooked them and wow they were amazing!  If she keeps that up,  who ever needs to go out to lunch???  She got the idea from the internet…  Love that internet!

    Pure nagic!

    Pure magic! Except for the small amount of protein, it was a meal in itself!

    We got cleaned up and headed for the Himalayan Grill to make arrangement for tomorrow.  Our new Halloween tradition is to go to the Himalayan Grill (just like last year) before we cut up the pumpkins.  The food is fantastic and there is plenty of vegetarian options!

    We then went next door to That’s Amore and had a glass of wine before going to the  Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the New Christy Minstrels. The New Christy Minstrels (officially known as The New Christy Minstrels, Still Under the Direction of Randy Sparks) is an American large-ensemble folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. From their beginnings as prominent figures in the early-1960s U.S. folk revival, the group recorded over 20 albums and had several hits, including “Green, Green”, “Saturday Night”, “Today”, “Denver”, and “This Land Is Your Land”.

    Did you know: Christy’s Minstrels, sometimes referred to as the Christy Minstrels, were a blackface group formed by Edwin Pearce Christy, a well-known ballad singer, in 1843, in Buffalo, New York. They were instrumental in the solidification of the minstrel show into a fixed three-act form.

    Then…. Home!  Star Trek was calling on sub-space radio! We watched two episodes this evening.

    Episode 19: Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the first Starfleet starship, Enterprise, registration NX-01. In this episode, a group of interstellar alien thieves knock out the Enterprise crew and begin looting the ship. Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer) is the only one left to stop them.

    Episode 20: The crew is directed to a barren planet, where a derelict ship may be salvageable for supplies. However, the crew quickly learns that rumours about the shipwreck being haunted may be true.

     

  • We Were Busy Thursday

    Posted on October 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul took off on the morning walk as it might be raining the remainder of the week!  The decorations are now out in full force. Paul had to be careful not to take duplicate pictures!   Join the walk!

    They seem to having a great time!

    They seem to having a great time!

    After the walk, Sue fixed a great lunch and we were off.  For 20+ years, Paul has procured a series of “retirement” or aloha shorts from High Seas Trading Company in Laguna Hulls.   We did so at the county fairs but never went to their offices.  We wanted them to do a “birthday shirt” (NOTE: Not birthday suit!) but they had no material.

    Finally they said “If you find the material, we will build the shirt for you”.  Brigette found the material so we delivered it to them!  We also visited for a little while.

    What to do now?  Oh…. Why yes!  Cucina Enoteca in Newport.  An infusion would be exactly what we need!

    Look .... A selfie! Or is that a selfes-e? Paul learned how to use the timer on the iPhone to take the snapshot

    Look …. A selfie! Or is that a selfes-e? Paul learned how to use the timer on the iPhone to take the snapshot

    We had our drink but what to do now.   “OH NO” exclaims Sue!  Paul responds with a “Wazz wrong dear?”  Sue had forgotten Wil’s birthday card and it was his birthday tonight.  That means we had to drive from Newport to Los Alamitos and back to Anaheim before 7:15 PM.  Here we go!

    We chose to drive along the coast and it was an excellent choice.  It was bumper to bumper in a few spots but that gave us time enough to watch the sunset!

    Where could we be... Los Angeles perhaps?

    Where could we be… Los Angeles perhaps?

    If one did NOT look forward and instead looked to the left, the sunset was a lot less busy!

    The sunset was wonderful along the beach!

    The sunset was wonderful along the beach!

    We made it to the dance and at half-time. Wil did the honors!  The cake was super and everybody enjoyed it!

    Wil does the honors

    Wil does the honors

    Seems we forgot how talented Mrs. Lind was!  Rebecca made the Halloween costume for Miss Lilly… She is going as “Holly Golightly” from the move “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”!  Complete with cigarette holder!  We showed Lilly’s costume  picture to everybody!  Lilly, like her mommy, is a beautiful girl!

    Great-grandma Sue shared the picture of Lilly as Holly Golightly with everyone!

    Great-grandma Sue shared the picture of Lilly as Holly Golightly with everyone!

    We headed home arriving about 11:00 PM so it was Star Trek time.  Tonight we watched “Fusion” where Enterprise encounters a group of liberal Vulcans, one of whom leads T’Pol into further exploring her emotions.

  • It’s Wednesday And Time For Golf

    Posted on October 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We played nine holes of golf and did pretty well!  The most important part of the game is feeding “Lilly The Swan”. Lilly cannot fly so we have gotten to know here quite well and in fact she can spot Sue clear across the lake and comes swimming like a motorboat!

    It is good that she has a long neck!

    It is good that she has a long neck!

    We did some Happy Hour and then decided to go to Patty’s Place for a snack before going home!  Chuck was there so he talked Paul into the prawn appetizer!  Excellent choice.

    We then headed home to do the treadmill and we got to watch several episodes of NCIS, Blue Bloods, and other favorite series.  Them the sub-space radio went off and we headed to the dining room to watch Star Trek Enterprise.

  • Walking and Golf! Dinner With Becca And Lilly

    Posted on October 25th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Off Paul goes for the morning walk.  Chugging right along.  He met three funny Witches.  Join the walk!

    They were quite funny!

    They were quite funny!

    After the walk, we played nine holes at Old Ranch and then enjoyed Taco Tuesday with Becca and Miss Lilly (Our Great Granddaughter).  We got to see Lilly’s Halloween costume… She is going as “Holly Golightly”.

    Becca and Lilly

    Becca and Lilly

    Lilly’s tummy is full as she polished off a couple of tacos!

    Great Grandma Sue with Miss Lilly

    Great Grandma Sue with Miss Lilly

    We have known Becca for ten years and did not know she was a seeamstress… She made Lilly’s costume.  Very very impressive!

    Lilly will be going as "Holly Golightly"

    Lilly will be going as “Holly Golightly”

    After dinner, we headed home to hit the treadmill and watch Star Trek Enterprise.

    Set in the mid-22nd century, over 100 years before James T. Kirk helmed the famous starship, this installment of the “Star Trek” franchise is set on the USS Enterprise NX-01 — the first Earth starship capable of warp 5 — and explores the history of the interplanetary upheaval that eventually leads to the formation of the Federation.

    Tonight we watched “Shuttle Pod One” were during a shuttlepod mission, Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed become convinced Enterprise has been destroyed and that their prospects of survival are slim.

    Then while watching “Shadows of P’Jem” Captain Archer and Sub-Commander T’Pol are kidnapped while en route to a planet in the Coridan system, which results in a confrontation between Vulcan and Andorian forces. The events of this episode (coupled with that of “The Andorian Incident”) proved to be the basis for many future occurrences and plot devices in the following three seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise. These included many reprisal attempts against both Archer and T’Pol by the Vulcan High Command, and the developing trust and respect between Archer and the Andorian Commander Shran.

     

  • Errands, Errands, and More Errands!

    Posted on October 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did a lot of driving around town yesterday doing the standard errands… Market, Drug Store, Cleaners, Post Office,…. etc.  After getting home, we finalized our Scotch Tasting website and then prepared to go to Malarkeys.  The sunset was beautiful!

    The Sun is about to set!

    The Sun is about to set!

    As soon as the Sun sets, the sky explodes in reds and oranges!  Wow!

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    Magnificent sunset

    After departing Sue did the treadmill while we watched NCIS New Orleans.  We then we watched some Star Trek.  We watched “Unexpected” where ship feeding off Enterprise’s warp field is exposed after the crew ignites the plasma exhaust. Commander Tucker takes a trip to the ship to help them repair their warp drive. After his return to Enterprise, he learns that he is pseudo-pregnant.

    We also watched “Terra Nova” where Enterprise learns the fate of a human colony not heard from for 70 years. When the crew arrives, they discover unexplained radiation at the site of the colony. Understanding that radiation levels 70 years ago would have been lethal, however, they find people still there and living underground.

  • Walking Time And Life Day!

    Posted on October 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul did the morning walk and visited more ghouls and goblins in the neighborhood.  Join the walk!

    Cute as a bugs ear

    Cute as a bugs ear

    We did some chores, watched the rain, and then headed to Disneyland for “Life Day”.  We celebrate Sue being cancer free for 19 years!  The weather did NOT cooperate with us today so we ended up at Catal around 3:30 and had dinner about 5:00.  Of course, Robin, Bob, and Nick joined us…. It’s tradition!

    Boyd will be boys

    Boys will be boys

    We got the latest Boeing gossip from daughter Robin.

    Our own movie star!

    Our own movie star!

    We looked outside and then decided we would stay inside!

    Rainy and wet outsode

    Rainy and wet outside

    We went home and hit the treadmill before watching Star Trek until 12:30 AM.

  • Wild Day! From Scotland To Garden Grove!

    Posted on October 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Say what?  Yes….  We traveled to Italy and Scotland today!  We had a great Italian lunch followed by a Scotch tasting activity.  Please join the fun!

    A special afternnoon with friends and family

    A special afternoon with friends and family

    We had a great time!

    Que Sera Sera

    Que Sera Sera

    We went home afterwords and prepared to go to the Garden Grove Elks to go dancing!  Great active day!

  • We Be The Busy Bunnies!

    Posted on October 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    Off like a shot! We drove to Del Mar to attend the Harvest Festival. It was an hour and a half drive but not too bad. We walked for a couple of hours around the great buildings. Sue found several neat things!

    She kept an eye on Paul

    She kept an eye on Paul

    The building looked like a tent on the inside but indeed was a concrete and steel structure housing 120+ booths containing goodies people make or items to eat.

    The festival was in two Huge rooms

    The festival was in two huge rooms

    After the festival, we went to our favorite Del Mar Mexican restaurant to dine on the patio and take in life as it comes.

     

    Dinner uner a yellow awning makes for an interesting picture

    Dinner under a yellow awning makes for an interesting picture

    We talked a lot about Thanksgiving so Paul got his rifle ready for the hunt!

    The Wild West is back!

    The Wild West is back!

    We got back just in time to change quickly and head to the Petroleum Club for the 70th Anniversary!  Join the fun!

    We had a full house!

    We had a full house!

    We did some tar Trek before crashing…

     

  • Thursday… Hot And “Dancy” Out

    Posted on October 20th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house today.  Too hot to go outside.  Paul, however, did the morning walk around the hood.  Join the fun!

    Hot Hot Hot

    Hot Hot Hot

    Paul walked about 9:00 am so it was a tad cooler then!

    He was getting a little hot in the suns rays!

    He was getting a little hot in the suns rays!

    We did chores around the house before going to Traini’s at 5:30 to see “A Country Band”.  excellent music.  We departed there about 6:30 and headed to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing.

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  • We Are Here And There Today!

    Posted on October 19th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We have had our home in Santa Monica rented for many years and our Property Management Executive is known as “Susan”.  While knowing her on the phone, we had no idea who she was or what she looked like.  We decided to remedy that!  We asked her to lunch and we agreed on Himalayan food. It was amazing because we had dined at the same restaurant back in 2013 with Irene and her family.

    Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine is about family. Serving authentic Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine, they invite you to experience a true taste of home.

    They use mountain grown herbs and spices from Nepal and whenever possible, locally grown vegetables. The yak is Colorado raised.

    All of their dishes use the finest ingredients, and are prepared with a light touch. Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine is the dream of Tara Gurung Black. Born in a tiny mountain village in Nepal, she started her training in Nepalese classical and cultural dance at age eight. This inspired Tara to theme the restaurant according to classical and cultural Nepalese tradition.

    While Tara was performing one day in Los Angeles, she had an overwhelming desire to share her Nepali culture with the people of Los Angeles. That is how and why Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine came to be.

    The decore was right out of Asia

    The decor was right out of Nepal and beautiful it is!

    We got to the restaurant and cracked open a bottle on wine and studied the menu!  Based upon our own local Himalayan Grille, we knew what to order.  Paul, desiring a taste for something different, ordered the Yak Chili…  It was outstanding!

    Come on for dinner

    Come on for dinner

    The chili was very spicy and made Paul’s eyes water…. Outstanding!

    The insides were decorated everywhere complete with a soft material ceiling

    The insides were decorated everywhere complete with a soft material ceiling

    The restaurant is on Venice Boulevard near Culver City which is a very busy street!

    You could dine outside but alas it was so noisy

    You could dine outside but alas it was so noisy

    We were anxious to finally meet Susan and she came in right on schedule.  It was a delightful meeting.  We got to share stories and find out she is a dancer!  Dang!  We talked for quite a while!

    We finally met Susan and it was delightful to say the least!

    We finally met Susan and it was delightful to say the least!

    After lunch we slowly went home (via the 405) and got ready to go  to the South Coast Repertory Theater to see “District Merchants” by Aaron Posner inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

    Gregor was with us so we stopped at the hotel lobby for some libation and something to drink!  On the way in we noticed the Christmas Tree was being put together… They bring parts of trees in a large pile and trim/mount the branches so as to made a very tall but narrow tree!

    The South Coast Performing Arts Center Christmas Tree is being built

    The South Coast Performing Arts Center Christmas Tree is being built

    After a glass of wine, we exited only to see the top quarter of the tree lit up.

    On our way out of the hotel lobby, part of the tree was already lit!

    On our way out of the hotel lobby, part of the tree was already lit!

    To the playhouse!  All we could say was “Wow!!!”.  The play was outstanding… One of the best we have seen on second stage!

    With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of  blacks, whites, Jews and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide—and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?

    We headed for home to watch three Star Trek Enterprise episodes.  We finally crashed at 12:45.

    Episode 4: Enterprise encounters a new world much like Earth. A small crew stays on the surface overnight to continue researching the planet. During the night, a violently windy storm brews and forces the crew into a local cave. In the cave, however, the crew members believe they are not alone.

    Episode 5:  A ship feeding off Enterprise’s warp field is exposed after the crew ignites the plasma exhaust. Commander Tucker takes a trip to the ship to help them repair their warp drive. After his return to Enterprise, he learns that he is pseudo-pregnant.

    Episode 6: Enterprise learns the fate of a human colony not heard from for 70 years. When the crew arrives, they discover unexplained radiation at the site of the colony. Understanding that radiation levels 70 years ago would have been lethal, however, they find people still there and living underground.

     

  • Happier Tuesday…. Wine Day!

    Posted on October 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We departed for Temecula bright and early so we could be there by 11:00.  We had lunch at Falkner and then visited four other wineries in the valley.  Join the fun!

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    Lunch time is my favorite activity

    After heading home, we decided to stop at Patty’s place.

    That was an easy decision

    That was an easy decision

    After having a great shrimp scampi we headed for home to do the treadmill!.   We saw the last episode of Star Trek Voyager…  In this episode  we found out that  Voyager 23 years to get home and Admiral Janeway devises a plan to alter history. As the crew enter a final showdown with the Borg, the two Janeways implement a risky plan to take out one of the six Borg Transwarp Hubs in the galaxy and simultaneously cross the transwarp threshold to get home.

    We now have watched 172 episodes.  Gluttons for punishment we started  Star Trek Enterprise!  It originally aired from September 26, 2001 to May 13, 2005 on UPN, spanning 98 episodes across four seasons. Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the first Starfleet starship,

    Tonight we watched two episodes:  First (“Broken Arrow” , Enterprise (NX-01) is launched, and Captain Archer finds himself in the middle of a Temporal Cold War involving Klingons and Suliban. The second episode (“Fight or Flight”) Ensign Sato faces her fears on an alien ship whose crew was murdered, while Lieutenant Reed tries to upgrade the ship’s defense system.

  • Happy Monday!

    Posted on October 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores today… We made arrangement for the bus for our annual Christmas Play and then we went to the local deli (Katella Deli) and ordered a large cake for the 70th anniversary dance for Toppers!

    With the chores done and a little work in the back yard, we headed to Malarkey’s for Monday Night Happy Hour.  While looking through my text messages I got a nasty surprise!

    How true... But I had to wash my phone afterwords!

    How true… But I had to wash my phone afterwords!

    It’s that time of year that the sun goes down early enough for us to be able to see the sunset before we leave for home!

    Beautiful sunset

    Beautiful sunset

    While chatting with Greg and Irene, we got a text from our Becca ourGranddaughter.  They were at Mickey Trick or Treat Night at Disneyland and what we saw was amazing!

    Enjoying Halloween at Disneyland!

    Enjoying Halloween at Disneyland!

    We finally headed for home and watched some more Star Trek Discovery.

  • Taking It Easy

    Posted on October 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    For some reason, the pneumonia seems to be coming back so we rested most of the day.  In the afternoon we went to the market and admired the weather on our way!

    It was a beautiful day

    It was a beautiful day

    We readied  ourselves for the Jam Session and we were off like a rocket!

    Bob ordered a "Brian Special"

    Bob ordered a “Brian Special”

    The band leader was missing but his replacement did a great job.

    The band was wonderful

    The band was wonderful

    We danced for about four hours.

    We danced wuote a bit

    We danced quite a bit

    After getting home, we helped Captain Janeway.  In the first episode  tonight the doctor writes a holo-novel to be published in the Alpha Quadrant, featuring characters who closely resemble – but do not flatter – the crew.

    In our second episode tonight the crew is sent on its first mission by Starfleet in nearly seven years: to find a lost probe sent by Earth in the 21st century that has ended up in the Delta Quadrant.

    We stayed up to watch Seven and Chakotay who were stranded on a planet with primitive humanoids.

     

  • Real Mexican Dining And Evening Dancing

    Posted on October 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to Bell to meet up with our friends Javier and Evelia and dined on Gage at Casita!  Really excellent food!

    PAul had a stuffed pablano pepper with a pomegranate decorated cheeses sauce

    Paul had a stuffed poblano pepper with a pomegranate decorated cheeses sauce

    The meat inside was ground beef and the “seeds’ added just the right amount of sweetness to the cheese sauce.  Outstanding!

    Sue had their veggie reano with look delicious

    Sue had their veggie chiliquillas verde with look delicious

    Sue got scrambled eggs on the side which she added to the chinchillas.

    Javier fiddles with the camera and Eveli blesses the food

    Javier fiddles with the camera and Evelia blesses the food

    Paul was in proper costume!!

    Enjoying a great brunch!!

    Enjoying a great brunch!!

    Evelia may also be praying that the “two boys” don’t try to out do each other with the habanero chili sauce!

    After a great lunch with super friends we headed home to rest a bit and get ready to go dancing at the Petroleum Club.  We met up and Donna and Bob for dinner making for a delightful evening.  Vince & Nancy and Bernie & Alice joined us for the dance.  Irene arrived at 9:30 PM

    Time to dance

    Time to dance

    We drove Bernie and Alice home and then returned to stay with Irene who showed up after visiting GG Elks!

    We met Bob and Donna

    We met Bob and Donna

    We are also kibtizing when Bob is around!

    After the dance, we went to Patty’s Place and saw our favorite bartender. Then we went home and assisted Captain Janeway for a couple of episodes before going home!

     

  • Friday Was Laid Back (The Kitchen Was Cooking)

    Posted on October 14th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul took his usual walk capturing the souls of the local goblins and ghouls with the camera.  Join the walk!  

    Quite a reflection

    Quite a reflection

    While Paul was gone, Sue prepared French Onion Soup form our onions.

    We did some chores around the house and finally headed to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour.

    We then headed to the Garden Grove Elks to dance with Breakaway and meet up with the gang!

     

  • Golf Day But We Changed Gears

    Posted on October 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Instead of the morning walk, Paul decided it was gardening time.  He tilled about 200 square feel of vegetable beds, cleaned out the last of the peppers and laid down a bale of straw.

    Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire.

    We like to “age” the straw by leaving it outside and watering the bales so as to force any remaining seeds to germinate.

    Straw based mulch is pretty easy to use

    Straw based mulch is pretty easy to use

    We had lunch around noon and cleaned up to go play golf!  We did nine holes in about two hours.

    We just did the front nine

    We just did the front nine

    We never had to wait a significant time for anyone in front of us.

    We made pretty good time today!

    We made pretty good time today!

    We did an abbreviated Happy Hour and then headed home to change so we could go dancing at the Phoenix Club. We stayed until the bitter end!

    Upon coming home, we again offered our services to Captain Janeway and we find out that the the Voyager crew were brainwashed into taking new jobs on an industrialized planet that has a severe labor shortage, leaving only Chakotay, Kim and Neelix (who were on an away mission) and the Doctor (who, in the absence of the crew, has become the Emergency Command Hologram) to save them.

    We have to wait until tomorrow to find out what happened as the episode was in two parts and we needed our sleep!

     

  • Wednesday And We Were Everywhere

    Posted on October 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    The day started with another walk in the hood. The hour brisk walk covers almost three miles and Paul takes a different path every day! Join the fun!

    Spiders seem to be everywhere these day!

    Spiders seem to be everywhere these days!

    After getting home and eating lunch we cleaned up and headed to the Fullerton Elks where we requested membership as “Associate Members” since we are going there more often!

    The trees along the boulevard were beautiful

    The trees along the boulevard were beautiful

    We then headed to the Irvine Museum to see the new displays and found out we were three days too early… It was closed.  One of the employees saw us at the door and did validate our parking so that was nice.

    Now it was off to Irvine Spectrum where we enjoyed a little Happy Hour and then we had dinner with Jeanette at the Cheesecake Factory.

    We needed to unwind after that so we went to Patty’s Place to visit the “locals”.  We were quite surprised to see one of the locals who just had open heart surgery two months ago and he thanked us for the information and encouragement we gave him ahead of his operation!

    Finally we are back home and assisting Captain Janeway.  Tonight the  Voyager encounters an ancient Klingon battlecruiser. The Klingons aboard it had set out long ago to find their savior, and they believe it to be Tom and B’Elanna’s unborn child.  45 minutes later, if that weren’t bad enough, Voyager is pulled into a void, where the ships that have become trapped attack each other for food and resources.

     

    We are ready to pack up and go!

    We are ready to pack up and go!

  • Yesterday Was Golf Day

    Posted on October 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul began the day with an hour long walk around the hood.   Every day gets scarier and scarier!  Paul tip toed down the street so as not to irritate a ghost or goblin lurking in the bushes! Join today’s scary walk!

    Ghosts seem to hang ouy in the front year

    The kept looking at Paul licking their lips!

    After coming home and having a great lunch we headed to Old Ranch for nine holes of golf. What a great afternoon. It was about 72 degrees and a nice breeze… Perhaps even on the cool side.

    We were a little worried about playing because our arms were sore from the flu and pneumonia shots we got yesterday.

    Wack... The ball did not know what hit it!

    Wack… The ball did not know what hit it!

    Right down the center of the fairway

    Speedy Gonzales reincarnated

    Speedy Gonzales reincarnated

    Off to see Lilly the Swan.

    Lilly really enjoyed her afternoon snack

    Lilly really enjoyed her afternoon snack

    The Clubhouse was looking festive!

    The Clubhouse was looking pretty good!

    The Clubhouse was looking pretty good!

    Mitch and Luisa joined us for Taco Tuesday.  We had a nice visit and spent a couple of hours talking and catching up on things.  Luisa seems to be doing OK after the loss of her father and our friend!

    Then to home to do the treadmill while watching Cheers and finally we visited Captain Janeway.  We watched  three episodes

    • Season 7 Number 11: Voyager is fractured into several time periods by an accident, and only Chakotay is able to move between them, in the process meeting old friends and old foes from the previous six seasons
    • Season 7 Number 12: Now married to Tom Paris, B’Elanna Torres discovers she is pregnant. The Doctor tells her to expect a daughter; but B’Elanna’s unresolved fear of the childhood traumas, which she suffered as a part-Klingon girl growing up among humans, makes her determined to remove her child’s Klingon DNA.
    • Season 7 Number 13: Prisoners are brought onto Voyager from a damaged alien vessel, and the crew must deliver them to their destination – for execution.

    We both woke up with the cold sweats and we determined it was from the flu and pneumonia shots we got day before yesterday!

  • Easy Day… Well, As Easy As It Gets For Us

    Posted on October 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We had a doctor’s appointment so we did not walk this morning. After waiting, and getting great news, we decided to celebrate by going to Panda Inn in La Palma to enjoy a leisurely Chinese lunch!.  It was and we did!

    Paul loves the pickeled cucumbers

    Paul loves the pickled cucumbers

    This is the place where we take folks for Christmas Dinner to celebrate and watch the “Christmas Story”.

    Already ready for Christmas!

    Already ready for Christmas!

    Afterword, we went to the market and then headed to Malarkey’s for a light snack and some wine before going home.

    The sjy was magnificent

    The sky was magnificent

    We have a table around the corner from the bar so we can avoid the loud noise from the football game!  It is perfect for us!

    We site is a special place to get away from all the football noise

    Great location…. The sunset is only a few feet away.

    The sky was simply beautiful this evening.

    Looking towards Catalina

    Looking towards Catalina

    100 mile long streaks of fire decorate the sky!

    Streaking acros the sky!

    Streaking acros the sky!

    Ghislain and Wally joined us this evening.

    We went home and did the treadmill while watching Cheers.  We joined Captain Janeway and watched Voyager’s hologram technology, which Janeway had previously donated to the Hirogen, has been modified to make the holographic “prey” more cunning, enabling the hologram characters to rebel against their new masters.

  • An Easy Day… We Needed It

    Posted on October 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Off Paul goes on the morning walk!  Join the fun and see the Halloween decorations!

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    Beauty and the brown

    Creepy Clowns anyone?  We have our share in the hood.

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    Oops! He is after us!

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    He did not like his breakfast

    After Paul returned home, we just did some chores round the house before going to Old Ranch Country Club for our monthly dinner dance where we celebrated Ellen’s 60th birthday   Please join the fun!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Magnificent Sunset

    Magnificent Sunset

    After the dance we came home and watched some Star Trek before crashing.

  • Theater And A Birthday Party

    Posted on October 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Saturday was filled with activity. We did a few chores around the house and then set sail for Seasons 52 for lunch! Love the trout!

    Trout... Paul's favorite

    Trout… Paul’s favorite

    Macaroni and Cheese, 52 style

    Macaroni and Cheese, 52 style

    Black bean and corn salad in a jar

    Black bean and corn salad in a jar

    After lunch, we went across to the Orange Country Performing Arts Center to see “Beautiful”.

    Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

    Beautiful  tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

    After the musical we went to The Center Club for a drink before going to the Fullerton Elks for the 60th birthday of good friend John Tielrooy.  Join the 60th Birthday celebration.

    Enjoying life!

    Enjoying life!

    We headed home around 10:30 and watched a little Star Trek. “Critical Care” is where the Doctor’s program is stolen and he is forced to work in an alien hospital, where he skillfully manipulates the system to provide ethical medical care.

  • The Day Flew By…

    Posted on October 7th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Sue had a hair appointment which got us out of the house by 10:45.  Paul worked on the “computer systems” and cleaned up the calendars making sure the iMacs, iPad, iPhones and Laptops were all using the same iCloud calendar names and had similar colors on all the displays.

    We ate at home and then worked on some of the upcoming webpages.  We finished off Hans and Kerstin’s European Vacation pages.  Around 4:00 we went to Happy Hour at Old Ranch to meet up with the Cathey’s, Bunnaford, the Schulte’s and a few others.

    Happy Hour gets us ready to dance

    Happy Hour gets us ready to dance

    Afterwords, we went to Garden Grove Elks.  We had made reservations for six and asked for a table of eight.  The gang was split last night with several going to Santa Ana.  We dined with the Finch’s and Mike and Bridgette.  Bob and Donna joined us a little later. After an hour, many of the Santa Ana folks showed up including Pat/Margo, and  Marianne/Craig/Linda (Marianne’s friend).  Seems we made a good choice as the band (Street Corner Symphony) was their typical way to loud selves.  Our table for six now had eleven people!

    We danced until 10:15 and then headed for home where we watched two more Star Trek Discovery episodes.

    We are coming to the end of the series

    We are in season seven  and watched episodes three and four.  We watched “Repression” in  which  Ex-Maquis crew members are attacked after a data stream arrives from Starfleet and “Critical Care” where the Doctor’s program is stolen and he is forced to work in an alien hospital, where he skillfully manipulates the system to provide ethical medical care.

    We crashed about 12:30!  Big day tomorrow.

  • Golf And Dancing… Great Exercise

    Posted on October 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul went for a walk.  Please join him!

    Someone has been eating too much candy!

    Someone has been eating too much candy!

    We played golf but Paul had to stop after seven as the old back was giving him fits.  It was just as well as the course was backed up on the eight hole!

    We did some Happy Hour with Bunnaford, Dave O. Teri, and the Cathey’s before going home to quickly change and head for the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing and visiting with friends.

    The Phoenix Club

    The Phoenix Club

    After returning home we watched Star Trek. Season Seven Epsode Fifteen: Janeway, B’Elanna and Tuvok are assimilated by the Borg while attempting to save the group of drones who have developed individuality.  It occurred on Star Date 54014.4.

  • Roger’s Christmas Display And Carol Burnette

    Posted on October 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Cucina Enoteca in the Newport Shopping Center before going to Roger’s Gardens to preview the Christmas Winter Wonderland. A pale palette of snowy silvers and whites transport you into an ice-palace where twenty themed Christmas trees are adorned with glass ornaments.  Join us at the preview.

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    Enjoying all the trees and other decorations

    We went home to freshen up before going to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see Carol Burnett in “An Evening Of Laughter and Reflection”.   We were in the first row near the center and really enjoyed her presentation.  Too bad we do not have good clean comedy anymore.

    Legend Carol Burnett took questions from the audience and shared video clips from the Emmy-winning The Carol Burnett Show, where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to ask the comedienne questions and receive spontaneous answers. Named by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” the series ran for 11 years, garnering 25 Emmys.

    We finished the evening with a nightcap at Patty’s Place.  We visited Chuck and found a new friend, John.

  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on October 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul went for the morning walk. Join the fun!

    Guess what is 35 feet straight up! (Click the picture to find out)

    Guess what is 35 feet straight up! (Click the picture to find out)

    We played nine holes at Old Ranch with James and Bunnaford and then went to Happy Hour where we met up with Linda and Robin.  Great time swapping stories and laughing hard!  Its is so nice to have Robin back in Seal Beach so we can see her often!  Paul pigged out on Taco Tuesday food!

    Just a little help here and there

    Just a little help here and there

    We went home to do the treadmill before we watched Captain Janeway.

  • Slow Day… We Needed It!

    Posted on October 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We just rested and did a few chores. Paul found the Halloween decorations and Sue whipped up an Asian Cucumber Salad for a recipe Paul found.

    We went to the market and finally got home to get ready to go to Malarkey’s for our weekly Happy Hour.

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    The sunsets are getting better every day now

    Irene and Greg always have funny stories to tell and excellent provide company!

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    Laugh and giggle time

    We went home tired from laughing so much.  Sue did the treadmill and Paul ran the TV.  We then retired to the dining room table and contacted Captain Janeway to see if she needed some assistance this evening.

     

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