Spring + 1 And Counting

It’s now Spring and currently the flower business is blooming.

It was going to be raining until mid-afternoon so we decided to stay inside and do office work and chores. Finally at 9:30 AM I decided the weatherman was goofy again and I headed out to do chores/errands. First to the wine store for five 1/2 cases of non-alcoholic vino…good stuff. Sue got Chardonnay and rose while a got the Cabernet!

…and there were sprinkles as I walked out the door!

On the was back I strayed off the good path and stopped at a topless eating establishment. I can honestly say I have not been is a topless joint in over 40 years! There was hardly anyone there so I was probably not seen.

The “Paul’s Place” awning was being replaced…bad timing! Told you it was a topless joint!

Another quick stop…the bank! Egad, the bank? Yes! I needed some cash so I took the opportunity to ask the nice teller what a debit card was. I found it in the back of the checkbook and it had never been used. She asked me to swipe it and enter the password…password? Say what? I took a wild guess and nailed it!

I tried the debit card later on in the evening at the Phoenix Club and it worked… when I got home and checked the BofA online balance, the wild night of drinking was charged…$13.00! Perhaps, not so wild! Anyway, it worked! We will probably never use it but we will keep it just in case!

Did You Know? A debit card (also known as a bank card, plastic card or check card) is a plastic payment card that can be used instead of cash when making purchases. It is similar to a credit card, but unlike a credit card, the money is immediately transferred directly from the cardholder’s bank account when performing a transaction.

We got a little bit of rain so we decided to attack the new puzzle…it sure looks difference when it is in 500 pieces1

It’s coming along!

We chatted with Collen and then Jon on the “system”,,, nice to see them and hear them. Sarah was surprised with her new lamp!

Old picture time. This was taken in the Space Shuttle Avionics Development Laboratory which I ran from 1974-1976. Gordon Fullerton & Fred Haise were touring the facility and it happened Joe and Collen were there. They had NO idea who the guys in the blue flight suits were.

Fullerton, Joe Haise, Colleen, Jim Roberts (one of my supervisors) and one-half of me (I was the ADL Manager)

I got to know most of the Astronauts fairly well as they would always come by the lab and see what we were up to that day! This is where I first met the love of my life as she was a software person in the group that supported the laboratory software needs.

Late in the afternoon it was nappy time as we are going dancing this evening so I checked for light leaks in my eyes for about an hour. We got ready and pointed the trusty car east for the sixteen mile journey through the wild trails leading to Anaheim. The clouds were quite amazing looking north along the 22 Freeway

At 6:30 PM the sun was setting and it reflected in the passenger-side rear view mirror so bright I had to hold my hand up to keep from getting blinded. Photo-Op! While driving, I whipped out the trusty iPhone 10XS and aimed it taking about 15 snaps hoping to get a good pix…alas, my common sense (keep the eyes on the road dummy!) took priority and I only got a glimmer of the sun. Better safe than worry!

We arrive at the Phoenix Club unscathed! Out comes the debit card and shazamm…I hit the counter with it and out bartender said “Wrong card Paul, yours is the gold Master Card”. I told him the story of finding the card we have had for ten years nad never been used!

We proceed to “our table”….oh! It is our table. We have had this table for twenty years and for the past decade we get our own name card. Love it!

Paul & Sue are “reserved”… I think not!

Nancy & Vince plus Bob & Donna joined us tonight. We danced until 9:30 PM and decided to take my sciatica home to rest! When I went to pay for the bar bill it was a whole whopping $13.00 (as I mentioned earlier) but I had three non-alcoholic beers and a wine glass charge…what happened? I corrected the barkeep and he told me something not expected!

Well, it seems a couple, who we befriended a long time ago, where back in town and because we welcomed them to the Phoenix Club (and probably bought them a round of drinks) and encouraged their daughter to join in the fun, they bought our drinks! (That sentence was a mouth full for you English majors) The $13.00 was for the pretzel & mustard sauce!

What is the saying? What goes around, comes around!”

We stopped by their table on the way out to say thank you and get an update on their travels/activities. He recently lost his leg but the prosthetic lower leg and foot seemed to be working fine and they were dancing. The are from Minnesota and winter-over in Arizona coming to the OC to visit their adult daughter.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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