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Oh My, Two In A Day!

We never have time not to smile!

We were up early and had our coffee to kick our hearts into gear!

A quick trip to the garden revealed that one of our hose bibs malfunctioned, water was squirting ten feet in the air and the planter was full of water. We were happy that the emergency drain which we put in inches deep in the ground was working. The water excess drained into the flood control channel behind our home.

Mary observed that she has an electric blender, toaster, and bread maker. She said, “There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!” So I bought her an electric chair.

We will brunch with Vicky and Jim at the Elks Lodge at 10:00 am.  Yolie and Irene will also be joining us!  We look forward to catching up with everyone over delicious food and great music.

Did You Know? Modern Mariachi music has adopted other genres, such as ranchera songs, the bolero ranchero, and even the cumbia from Colombia. The lyrics of Mariachi songs portray the love of the earth, hometown, native land, religion, nature, fellow countrywomen, and the strength of the country.

According to a popular legend in the town of Cocula, mariachi music as we know it today originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco in the 19th century. The mariachi was the distinctive version of the Spanish theatrical orchestra of violins, harps, and guitars that developed in and around Jalisco.

These six folks were very talented.

We were dressed for the occasion.  Next time we are in Mexico we will need to buy red, white, and blue sombreros.

Eye Yii Yii Yii!

I asked Mary if we were being followed.  I had this feeling that a photobomb was going to occur!

We had our TV antennas tuned to channel five, KTLA.

Vicky and Jim were having a lot of fun, so we had to tease them a little.  We all admired Jim’s shirt!

I bet you wish you had a microphone nearby to capture all the drama!

We are attending a patriotic musical in a few hours, so I was prepared beforehand.  I did forget my patriotic hat.

Just me, red, white, and bruised!

Irene and Yolie joined the fun this morning.  They are add fun to any activity.

With them, we have appropriate adult supervision.

It’s time for a bullfight.  I was worried! It reminded me of a story:

A young man stopped at a local restaurant after a day of roaming around in Mexico.

While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious-looking platter being served at the next table.

It looked good.

It smelled good.

He asked the waiter, “What is that you just served?”

The waiter replied, “Ah señor, you have excellent taste! Those are bull’s testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!”

The visitor, though momentarily daunted, said, “What the heck, I’m on holiday down here! Bring me an order!”

The waiter replied, “I am so sorry señor. There is only one serving daily because there is only one bullfight each morning. If you come early tomorrow and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy!”

The next morning, the man returned, placed his order, and that evening, he was served the one and only special delicacy of the day.

After a few bites and inspecting the contents of his platter, he called to the waiter and said, “These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday!”

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Si, señor. Sometimes, the bull wins.”

Oh My!!!

We had dancers demonstrating some Mexican folk dances.  We stayed put for fear we might get run over.

They are whirling and twirling!

They were eyeing the tookies!

Mary got up close for a picture (I think she was after a cookie for dessert!)

Just before 1:00 p.m., we jumped in our car and headed to La Mirada to hear some patriotic music! It was a 40-minute trip, including us stopping to get gassed up!

Tap along with patriotic pride to Mr. Broadway’s flag-waving classics “Yankee Doodle Dandy” & “You’re a Grand Old Flag” – plus “Give My Regards to Broadway” and many more. Theatrical world premieres of unheard Cohan songs, pre-and post-show concerts, and a free CD included!

George Michael Cohan was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical producer. Cohan began his career as a child, performing with his parents and sister in a vaudeville act known as “The Four Cohans”.

When we arrived, it was 94 degrees—oh my!  We had a few minutes, so we called Joe and Zack to see if they wanted to join us for dinner at the Beer Stuben Restaurant, which is part of the new Phoenix Club in Brea.

Poor Silver Fox, he does NOT like the heat!

I can’t believe this theater used to be a Fox Movie Theater in the 1960s and 1970s. I lived three blocks away from it for almost 15 years, and Joe still lives within three blocks of it. It’s like the theater is their unofficial neighbor!

They did a fantastic conversion!

They produce Broadway shows and many other performances during the year.   This show was performed twice and sold out both times.

The Paragon Vintage Orchestra performed the music!

Listen to the real thing!

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being due to Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. In 1988, the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble.

We all came from the Elks, and there was quite a change in the music!

Mary was the photographer.

They performed for two hours with a twenty-minute break and received a standing ovation at the end of the performance.

There was not a dry eye on the house!! We also did a couple of sing-a-longs!

At 4:15 p.m., we headed to Brea for dinner with family. There were ten of us. Our son Joe was there with Amy, Alex, and Charlie. Our Grandson Zack was there with Rebecca, Remy, and Lilly. We had a good time and got to visit.

Mary went for the German food.

Remy was bashful today until he moved down to his cousins; things returned to normal.

Becca is a doll!

Speaking of dolls, Amy has a magical feature.  I can’t sneak a picture of her.  I get “The Amy Look” as soon as I move the camera.

Boys, including Apollo, surround the poor girl!

Father and son, but who is who; we are both so pulchritudinous.

That’s us: attractive, beauteous, beautiful, comely, fair, good-looking, gorgeous, handsome, lovely, pretty, ravishing, sightly, stunning.

As we headed home about 6:00 p.m., the sun was low in the sky, but it was still 94 degrees! If I wanted to feel that hot, I would’ve just hugged a toaster. The trip home took a grueling 19 minutes, and the temperature was a pleasant 82 as we pulled into the driveway. It was like stepping into a nicely air-conditioned oven!

We tried to be productive and watch two episodes of The Good Doctor, but by 9:00 am, our eyes staged a revolt, and we crashed harder than a computer running Windows 95.

I dozed off twice and once I was awaken by a beautiful dream!

Mary tried on her swimsuit for the upcoming trip to the Caribbean!

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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