It Was A Crowning Achievement

Q: What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea? A: Denis

7:00 AM and I am up…heading for the shower. I was dressed and out the door at 7:45 AM as I had to go over by the Huntington Brach Pier to visit Dr. Fleming, our wonderful dentist. I had a root canal three weeks ago and now it is time for the crown…hence the crowning achievement…could not pass up the pun!

It was raining this morning and raining hard along the coasts down by Sunset Beach! Our daughter used our Avalon last week and had it washed before leaving…it was really pretty but alas, the rain drops will require my to hit it with a towel when I return home!

Below is an aerial of the famous “Water Tower” in Seal Beach. We rented it for a week year ago and it was quite spectacular although I would not want to live there as the trip up and down the elevator every time you needed to go some were was a pain.

We dine at two restaurants just within a few feet of the water tower. We love the Himalayan Grille and Taco Surf…. Great food an d service! We are “regulars” t there.

If you look carefully, the Boeing building can be seen in the background so we started coming here in the 1990’s when we transferred to Seal Beach!

Rising high above the street… The water town is quite a landmark!

We have been using Dr. Fleming for thirty plus years and he is great! I asked him “What time do most people go to the dentist?” He said “At tooth-hurty (2:30). ” You can image how the rest of the appointment went!

The procedure was about an hour but with all the laughing and giggling we did, it was 90 minutes! I do enjoy going to visit Dr. Fleming.

After lunch, I decided to look at taking down my side patio and rebuilding it…to provide more shade of the side of the house. After getting up on the 12 foot step ladder and unfastening three 4×8 foot panels of lattice, I decided I had better call our Grandson for help! I could just see myself at 75 years of age falling 12 feet to the concrete floor…splat. That would require all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men…and we do not have the King’s phone number! When Zack pops over, we can take it down in an hour.

If I fell into the pumpkin plant, the grandkids would not forgive me…

The post holds the corner of the patio which goes eve high (15′) along the house!

Off to Melanie’s for drinks and sharing with Irene! The Silver Ghost knows the way so well we go on automatic…whispering the destination into the dashboard, the ol’ lady starts up, backfires twice, and edges out of the garage toward the street like a cat aout to bounce on a mouse! Then it is ZOOM… Zero to twenty-five in 30 seconds just teasing the speed limit as we wind ourselves out of the community. Out onto the blvd, the ol’ lady shifts gears (grinding them a bit I might add) and jumps into hyper drive reading 45 miles per hour leaving only a silver streak in her wake!

We arrive only seconds later leaving the house. The five mile trip took only 1,080 seconds before we were pulling into our reserved parking spot (it says “Silver Shost Only”). We opened the car door and were hit in the face with freezing cold.

It’s the end of April and it is COLD! The average temperature is supposed to be 73 degrees. Today the high was 66 degrees. That seven degrees can mean the different between a gin and tonic and a beer! We just hate that global warming! Pesky liberals inventing global warming just to get rich and control the population!

Looks like rain is coming this way!

Sue and I arrived about an hour ahead of Irene so we do what we do best…sit and talk… hold hands…make silly faces at the wait staff as they walk bye.

I did a gin and tonic as a send-off to Brian and Jan who are, at this very time, winging their way to the UK. They called from the airport at 4:00 PM saying their airplane was departing at 6:30 PM. We are already missing them!

Love being in love!

We saw crazy people outside…four teams of crew came flying by heading to the open ocean. Each had six members and they had to keep rowing to stay warm.

Did You Know? Rowing, sometimes referred to as crew in the United States,  is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat (racing shell) on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats.  There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell (called a single scull) to an eight-person shell with a coxswain (called a coxed eight).

Modern rowing as a competitive sport can be traced to the early 10th century when races (regattas) were held between professional watermen on the River Thames in London, United Kingdom. Often prizes were offered by the London Guilds and Livery Companies. Amateur competition began towards the end of the 18th century with the arrival of “boat clubs” at the British public schools of Eton College, Shrewsbury School, and Westminster School. Similarly, clubs were formed at the University of Oxford, with a race held between Brasenose College and Jesus College in 1815. At the University of Cambridge the first recorded races were in 1827.

The clouds make us guess the sunset would not be very pretty tonight…you can never tell!

Inside it was “warm” caused by love and good friends. We watched the Sun sink into the western ocean at 7:24 PM is a stupendous hissing sound! It was so cold and I needed something that was not full of calories (say goodbye to the burger) so I had fish soup!

The bowl was loaded with shrimp and mussels this evening! Tasted fantastic! Cioppino is a
giant bowl of fresh seafood stew in a tomato garlic broth, with garlic bread

The nightly tango between the great ocean and the Sun is about to begin…The Sun sets behind Palos Verdes this time of year so we get the golds of the ocean fogs. It turned out to be pretty amazing afterall.

I had changed from my obe gin and tonic to beer as I passed between windows looking for a good shot of the impending sunset! Irene checked Siri…7:24 was the prediction!

Good bye Sun, see you tomorrow and we hope you heat us up a bit! Tired on the sixty degree weather already…our tomatoes need heat!

Love the reflections in the glass (bottom left hand corner)

We headed for home about 8:00 PM and watched some TV. I used by new lighting toy to changed every light in the house to bright red…looked like we were entering a Halloween haunted house…I quickly tapped my magic wand (OK, the iPhone) and returned the house to a nice warm 1900 degree kelvin setting (romantic candlelight) setting.

Love the new toy!

We watched Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, S.H.I.E.L.D and then did our nightly tookies. We managed 11:30 PM this evening. Good night all!

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