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Happy Birthday Robin!

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We woke up to temperatures in the 50s, and our dog Scout hesitated to go outside.  However, he eventually braved the chilly weather.  We spent the morning working in the office, and finally, it’s starting to look more presentable.

I hate it when people act all intellectual and talk about Mozart when they’ve never even seen one of his paintings.

We got cleaned up and headed to the dentist.  I got pulled over by a friendly police officer and got a ticket*.  The conversation went like this:

Me: “What am I supposed to do with this speeding ticket?”
Officer, “Keep it.  When you collect four of them, you get a bicycle”.

* I made it up; there was no officer and no ticket!

After receiving a new crown, we drove along Pacific Coast Highway to Patty’s Place in Seal Beach.  Traffic was light, so we made it there in just 21 minutes.  The sun was going down and the ocean was beautiful.

Best steaks in town!

We got table #9 in the back under the large aquarium where they keep their freshest fish.  Remember, if you want to see the fish all evening, do NOT order a #7 on the menu!

While everyone was on their way here, I played with the new iPhone.  I need more time as the controls differ from my old iPhone 2!  No crank, there are buttons instead of switches, and the images are in color!

We await everybody to arrive.

Ah haw!  Our old friend wine has arrived.  We popped the cork, and the armona of this fine wine filled the room.  You can’t hardly find that in a $1.89/gallon bottle of wine anymore.   We both took a whiff of the aroma! Mary was a fountain of information.  All I smelled was dirty socks!

The party can now start.

When Robin arrived, we passed her a large bag; her present was challenging to wrap!  What could it be?  I bet it was a small water buffalo!

“What’s in the bag?”

Yes indeed!

The boys looked excited to see what it might be.  Perhaps a toy train or a basketball?

Bob and Nick are enjoying all the fun!

No, it was a handmade thingamabob.  Mary invented it for leisurely movie-watching.  The colors are Robin’s favorite.

Wow, it’s a……

Table #9 is the large one in the back room,  under the fish tank, so we had plenty of room.  (This is the restaurant where we got married three years ago!) The six of us had a wonderful time sharing stories and catching up on everything.

We giggled and laughed all evening long.

Pam likes her wine and prefers red.  We had some Welch’s red grape juice in the back and added some vodka; she didn’t know the difference (until she tasted it).   I think the expression was “Pa-Tooey!”

Pam and Robin catch up on things!

It is because your hearing is also going!

We indeed giggled and laughed the whole evening.  It was an excellent way to celebrate this great lady’s 60th birthday!

“Paul, did you really say that?”

After dinner, we headed home but stopped at Aces Bar & Grille to spread some holiday cheer.  We took control of the jukebox and played Christmas music for an hour. 

We went to Aces to wind down.

We arrived home at about 10:00 p.m. and crashed.  Tomorrow, I have to brief three classes of potential engineers at the local high school about the wonders of Engineering.

I love my Mrs. Claus!

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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