|It was a beautiful
month for a road trip! Loading the new car, it was just me, the road
and the radio ... I headed out for California, with Lake Tahoe as my
final destination. My good friend, Leigh, had sent an invitation to
join her family there, for the wedding of her daughter Mary.
The weather cooperated the whole time. Driving
down it got a little too warm, but with air conditioning, bring on
that sunshine! Tahoe was crisp and clear the whole stay. Coming home
through the Bay Area had record heat and rolling blackouts due to
their energy problems.
The visit was
wonderful for visiting friends I hadn't seen in years! Ron, who took
me to my first formal dance in 1964, drove up from Livermore to join
us for the wedding. Leigh's younger brother Jimmy brought his family
up too. I hadn't seen him since I was in high school! I won a
jackpot and with 6,000 nickels, treated Ron, Jimmy and his wife to a
great, female impersonator cabaret ... what a show!!
I spent time with my ex brother-in-law C.C. in
Fairfield, enjoying the company of family. Duane and his wife Ruth,
in Sacramento, put me up for two nights. One night Ruth and I
chatted until dawn and the second night was pizza, beer and The
Mummy Returns. I couldn't have stopped in the Bay Area without
getting in touch with Bonnie in Fremont. Remembering past
adventures, we ate dinner and drank wine late into the night. I
spent an afternoon drinking iced tea and enjoying great conversation
with my dear friend Michael. Amazing how friends just pick up the
conversation where it left off years before. Highlighting the trip
was a visit and dinner with my brother Bill. I'm sure I weighed more
going home than on the trip down there!!
The bad news was the differing altitudes and a
knee not able to adapt as it should. By the time I got out of Tahoe,
my knee was pretty swollen. The trip home was spent popping bags of
instant ice and Tylenol every 4 hours. Not good, but I'd have
done the whole trip again in a heartbeat!
OTHER MAY EVENTS
We try to buy tickets for the Washington State Firefighters
Association's "Oldie But Goodie" show each year. This show had us
all on our feet clapping and singing with The Kingsmen and Paul
Revere and the Raiders!