“The Joke Was On Me” by Bee Gee’s or Was it “The Dope Was on Me?”

After a nap and a delicious BBQ meal it was time to head to the Bee Gee’s impersonator concert.   About 1200+ fans arrived.  Nearly every fan was in their 60’s and 70’s and you could tell they were ready for a boogie night.  They were ready to re-live the John Travolta dance movies that were  hooked up with the Bee Gee’s disco music in the background.  To make it clear, the show was outstanding.  90 minutes of non-stop music.   Worth every dime.  In fact, band had the oldies but goodies on their feet dancing to “Dancing Yeah.”

Now that I told you about the expected part of the concert, it time to tell you about the part where the “Joke was on me.”  Just as the concert was about to begin, there were four open seats next to me.  Had to me of course.   In came four young people…I project about early 30’s.  They got quite a look as they headed into their seats not only for their age but for their active persona.  Looked like the young ones had stopped at one of the newly approved  “Cali dope service station” and were ready for a “boogie night.”

The young girl next to me had dressed in a way that did not allow her clothes to do a good job in keeping her natural assets covered especially when she got excited as the music started. And excited she did get.  She spent a lot of time on her boyfriend’s? lap in all kinds of ways.  She nearly by accident spent some time on my lap as well.  That disco music and prior dope fuel service really was effective.

You can imagine that the oldies but goodies all around the action didn’t stand for that long.  Out they went looking for security and who ever would listen.  By about half way through the concert the young ones were escorted out!  Must say I had mixed feelings about the whole thing.  With them gone I had only one show to watch…LOL.

We had a great evening after the concert including room service which is a special treat for us.  Our drive home was a mess even though it was a Holiday Monday.  The 605 freeway was blocked as it merged onto the 210 freeway.  Other than that we arrived home safely and we will do this again. Great minni-trip.


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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


First Trip of 2018

The sky is blue…its 43 degrees outside…and we are feeling good and looking forward to our first “trip” of the new year.  Many would not call this a trip as it is short and the distance round trip is under 200 miles round trip.

In a way, it isn’t a trip but a fulfilment of a Christmas present.  I bought tickets for Libby to a concert to see the B-Gee’s…not the real ones as most are dead…but by celebrity impersonators.   Many times these people are so good that they are better than the original, especially when the original were so drugged up they couldn’t perform well.  Looking forward to this.

The trip this morning was busy but not crazy for LA.  We arrived around 1130 and checked in to our hotel.  Very nice.  Just across the square is the Cerritos Performing Arts Center that holds nearly 2000 people.  Should be fun tonight.


We napped, ate some delicious ribs and took a long walk.  More on the concert later.

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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


Joy in Simple Things and Good Timing

I am not sure if its because I have time to notice things now that I am retired or that my maturity has given me a new insight on what is joyful, but whatever it is,  I am loving today.

Its been at least three months since we have had rain here in the desert.  I woke up late for me nearly 7 a.m. and noticed that it was very dark outside.  “Rain” my mind said as the sound of water cut into my hearing.  The storm had arrived.


It has been raining on and off all day and when it was time to take my afternoon nap, I decided to take it in my recliner where I could hear the rain coming down and watch it fall in my back garden as I fell asleep.  Wonderful.

Yesterday I was out in the garden working with the landscaping crew I had hired to trim all my trees/bushes and to make sure that the back slope was ready for a rain storm with out having damage from erosion.  What great timing!  Working like a charm.

I am now sitting in my house patting my self on the back for such good planning as I am drinking my hot cup of coffee.  Simple things and good timing make me joyful now days.

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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


Happy New Year From the Party Animals!


happy new year 2018

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized


“Going Against the Grain” This Christmas

When you get older you just have to “Go Against the Grain” sometimes on what is happening in the rest of the world.


The latest data on shopping for Christmas is “gangbusters”.  People are feeling very good about their jobs, the futures and are spending more around the holidays than they have for many a year.  Libby and I are not spending more BUT its not that we don’t feel good about things, we just have everything we need!


The latest data is showing that Hollywood is going to have it worst year in 22 years.  Their politics and the streaming of entertainment to our big screen TV’s at home is killing Hollywood.

Libby and I seldom go to the movies like most people BUT we went to an outstanding  movie last night, “Darkest Hour”.  Outstanding acting, English actors of course.  Based on a portion of Churchill’s life.  Best movies I’ve seen in a couple of decades.  Highly recommended.


It started last year and it getting worse and worse this year.  The National Football League players decided to mix their politics with sports.  It is clear that the number of people watching NFL games on TV or at the stadiums has plunged.  Latest data show the NFL will lose 100’s of millions of dollars for their teams and their sponsors this year alone based on their players political proclivities.  Gonna be worse next year as their sponsors are going to bailout.

That didn’t stop me from watching the Minnesota Vikings shut out their biggest competitor Green Bay Packers.  The game was at Green Bay and it was 4 degrees at game time.  In the past, that would not have stopped the Packer fans from filling up their stadium.  This year?  Half empty.  Here I was again “going against the grain” watching NFL football.

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy New Year



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Posted by on December 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


San Diego Trip Home, 80-50-80, Winds and Fire

So I guess you might be wondering what the heck 80-50-80 might be on our trip home from San Diego?  Well, here goes.  Said good-bye to our recuperating daughter with her broken ankle and headed out for our 185 mile trip home.  We had some concerns as the Santa Ana winds were expected to reach up to 100 miles per hour in some mountain passes and many fires were burning out of control across Southern California.  This could be an exciting trip.

The first 40 miles or so were fine, normal winds and no fires seen.  Then in the distance we saw red dust storms and felt the winds starting to buffet the car.  To make a long story short, on one mountain pass we had the Santa Ana wind behind us and as we rolled down the freeway, without my foot on the accelerator I was doing 80 miles per hour, being pushed by at least 50 miles per hour wind and getting 80 miles per gallon according to my car’s electronics.  80-50-80!  An exciting trip home.

Luckily, we by passed all of the fires and we arrived home safe and sound.  Our son a LA County Sheriff is on mandatory 12 hour shifts with no days off indefinitely to help fight the widely out of control fires.  One of the fires he was working got so close to the prison he formerly worked at that it burned down an out building.  Everyone was safe.

We are glad to be home.


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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Uncategorized


San Diego, Day 2, December 6, 2017, Broken Christmas Bones

Our visit to San Diego to see our grandson’s Christmas play turned into a unexpected medical emergency  on Wednesday, Day 2.  But not for  us old folks.

We received a phone call from our daughter in the afternoon.  She was working at her job as a special education teacher and she was taking her class to Balboa Park on a field trip.   After a successful trip, she was shepherding her class back to the parking lot for their return trip  to the school when she tripped over an uneven section of sidewalk and heard a “pop” in her ankle.  She knew immediately that she had broke her ankle.  She coordinated all the kids back to school and then she called her husband to take here to  the emergency room and sure enough broken ankle.  Into a “boot”.

We helped Luke by picking up her car in the park and then headed out to get up some Mexican food  to feed the family.  Merry Christmas! Very interesting day.

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Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Uncategorized