Another Full Day!

Today We Were: “Busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest!”

No walking today as we have a full day ahead of us.  I did some chores in the shop finishing off the swing cover…now we wait a week to see if it works and if so, the finishing touches will be applied.

We had a quick lunch, courtesy of the Panda Inn, before watching a little NCIS and then hitting the showers. We are off to the theater to see “On Your Feet” at the Segerstrom in Costa Mesa.

Really a good play and fantastic story

Summary:  From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. 

At the last of the performance, it was revealed (to us) that Gloria was severely injured in a traffic accident and had to undergo spinal fusion (just like Sue). We were shocked and immediately brought back memories of those critical few weeks during and after the surgery!

Random Memories:  While touring in support of Cuts Both Ways on March 20, 1990, near Scranton, Pennsylvania, Estefan was critically injured, suffering a fractured spine when a semi-truck crashed into the tour bus she was in during a snowstorm. Estefan was returning from a meeting with President George Bush to discuss participation in an anti-drugs campaign. She was taken to Community Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit and the next day was flown by helicopter to New York City, where surgeons at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center permanently implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her vertebral column. Her rehabilitation required almost a year of intensive physical therapy.

Sue and I looked at each other because Sue had the entire back fused taking over a year to recover so we know exactly what she went through.  It was difficult at best because Sue was immobile for a while, reaching was intolerable, the the months of recovery were difficult…on the both of us. 

The memories brought tears to our eyes.

After the show, we headed to the market local to us to get the plates, forks, and napkins needed for the birthday event at the Elks.  We popped by home to get a fresh and cold bottle of Sue’s wine.  Off to Katella Deli for a delicious 1/2 sheet of chocolate birthday cake which we had ordered on Tuesday so it was ready to be picked up!

We arrived at GG Elks about 7:00 PM and the parking lot was full so I dropped off Sue at the front door and parked across Trask carrying the cake and other supplies back across the street.

We missed Brenda (who was at a Luau at the Phoenix Club) and Sandy (wh is was on a two month adventure with Bob Carlson in the great northwest.

Let the party commence!

Katella deli did the baking and the cake was really really good! Fall colors since Fall is so close around the corner.

Oodles of icing.. not fattening!

The birthday boys stop kibitzing for a pose… 153 years between them!  Wow! They look really handsome and de-boner!

Leon has his eyes glued to the cake!

Leon, of course, is first in line to get his pieces of the cake!

Fun with friends

I went outside a little early to retrieve the car from across the street and on the way back in talked to a gentleman that was sitting outside his event awaiting his wife. We talked for probably fifteen minutes and were kindred spirits.  He and I were 100% in line about politics today and the leadership we, as a country, were finally showing.

We departed a little after 9:30 PM as the music was excellent but again, too loud!  We could not hear ourselves pass gas!  We are such a polite group.  I remember this conversation this evening: While starting to sing Happy Birthday, XXXXX farts. Other man, YYYYY,  says “How dare you fart in front of my wife”. First man, XXXXX, says “Sorry, I didn’t realize it was her turn”.  The XXXX’s and YYYYY’s shall go unnamed!

When we got home, we opened the doors and windows to cool things down and then watched three more episodes of NCIS.  We are beginning to remember some of the episodes, or at least parts of them!

Tomorrow we relax but I have some chores and a trip to the hardware store to make after the morning walk!  Need a few PVC fittings to go on my new brass fittings so I can water more of the garden at a single time.

3/4″ FHT (Fits male hose connection)   to 3/4″ NPS  (which goes on to the 3/4″ PVC pipe!

The thread standard for garden hose connectors in the United States, its territories, and Canada is known colloquially as “garden hose thread” (GHT). The female thread is abbreviated FHT, and the male part is abbreviated MHT.

American National Standard Pipe Thread standards, often called national pipe thread standards for short, are U.S. national technical standards for screw threads used on threaded pipes and pipe fittings. They are labeled NPS.

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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