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Friday Was Busy!

So true

Joe and Bob came over this morning to finish removing and replacing the solar system panels and repairing the attached points. The work went easy for them as they were high on the learning curve.

Each attach point was removed and resealed with high-quality Henry asphalt cement, and the lag bolts were removed and replaced with holes filled with asphalt. They found three places where the bolts were loose, probably because the wind got under the panels and constantly moved them.

Leaks are gone! Good for another fifteen years!

When an employment application asks who should be notified in an emergency, I always write, “A very good doctor.”

Mary and I went to South Coast Plaza and had lunch at Din Tai Fung, which our Chinese dancing friends highly recommended. Founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1958, Din Tai Fung is known for soup dumplings and noodles, and the New York Times named it one of the top ten gourmet restaurants in the world. They continue our traditions of making dumplings, buns, and noodles by hand to serve high-quality cuisine that wins rave reviews worldwide.

The inside was huge, seating 200 people easily!

Decisions decisions! Their food was quite interesting.

Dining at Din Tai Fung is enjoyable.

We had an entire selection of goodies. Mary’s favorite was the nutrition-packed wood ear mushrooms, which are soaked in our special vinegar dressing until tender and juicy and then topped with goji berries and finely shredded ginger. Fragrant sesame oil and a splash of lemon juice bring a sweet, tangy flavor.

Wood Ear Mushrooms in a Vinegar Dressing

We looked at the menu and then wrote down the quantities for each on paper. Our waiter, Tony (who was Vietnamese), was outstanding and made several excellent recommendations. The service was exceptional!

We ordered from the menu on the phone and made selections on paper.

They had a nice selection of wines, and we did partake.  I tried the chopsticks.  It was taking a long time to get my wine from the glass to my insides!

I love my wine! Remember: A meal without wine is called breakfast.

In dog wine, I’ve only had seven glasses.

Why limit happy to an hour?

I practiced with the chopsticks, but using chopsticks on wine had drawbacks!

I finally succumbed and got a straw!

Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.

Each dish was served perfectly and was just enough to fill us up. The menu can be checked out online right here.

Chicken Spicy Wontons
Made with high-quality chicken.

The kitchen was amazing and visible behind a large glass plate. This photo shows about a third of the people working behind the scenes. Every meal served was perfectly arranged and hand-made.

It was a curious kitchen.

The restaurant already had a standing line when we arrived at 10:30 am!  Getting reservations is quite a challenge.

The kitchen was amazing!

From South Coast Plaza, we went to see Dianne and David, where we wanted to see their life-size wax figures of W.C. Fields and Mae West. David and Dianne are reducing the size of their collection, and we wanted to help. Mary is sure I look like W.C. Fields; it’s the face; I thought it was the belly!

W.C. W.C. Fields is coming home with us.

Did You Know? The most public warrior in the fight against prohibition, W. C. Fields, was born William Claude Dukenfield in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Quote by W. C. Fields: “I like children. If they’re properly cooked.”

Fields had a prolific career in the film industry, from silent movies to talkies. He starred in over 60 films, including classics such as “It’s a Gift” and “The Bank Dick”.

Mary visited with Mae (Dianne in the background).

Mary wanted Mae West!

Did You Know? She was among the first women to consistently write the movies she starred in.

Her films are credited with single-handedly saving failing and debt-ridden Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy in the early 1930s.

Although critics thought that she and W.C. Fields worked well together on camera in My Little Chickadee (1940), off-screen, they couldn’t stand each other.

Looking good there, lady!

We had decided to place them in the formal dining room so we could have people come over to dine with W.C. Fields and Mae West!

The pesky Wraskally Wabbit was in the yard again! I pulled out the trusty Red Rider double-action BB gun to try to scare him away, but alas, he was too fast.  Mary yelled at me, “You’re going to shoot your eye out.”

Based upon her outburst, I renamed the rabbit “Black Bart.”

Rabbit hunting in the backyard.

Did You Know? BB guns are airsoft guns (or pellet guns) designed to shoot projectiles. These non-powder guns can become dangerous weapons if misused. The name “BB” refers to the ball bearing or “bullet ball.” A bullet ball is a round pellet roughly the size of a single lead shot in a shotgun shell.

HOWEVER, his partner in crime finally set off the trap, and we captured one.  We did not want to hurt the little fellow, so we decided to go to the Mining Company and turn him loose.  The restaurant is about 1.5 miles from our place, and that’s far enough to ensure he will not return.

Gotcha, you little devil!

After we dropped the bunny off, he ran off into the mountains, and we ran into the bar! We had three sliders and a glass of wine before returning home. That became dinner. When we got home, another bunny had taken his place, so we set the trap again and hoped it would work overnight.

Tomorrow is super busy with W.W.C..C.Mae joining us around 11:00 am, then we are off to Vicky’s to see her garden, then to Franco’s Italian Restaurant, and then to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see “Riders In The Sky”.

Good Night All!

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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