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Visit to L.A. for Thanksgiving November 20-26, 2022
(Merle was on call, and apologies to anyone I didn't get to see....) :(
I arrived late in the evening on Sunday, 11/20, made it to my Aunt Gloria's, had a bite, and crashed. Next day, met with friend from high school Trixie at this bakery that was almost a city block long. Though it was crowded, we're contributing here to their marketing plan.
Next stop was to Topanga Canyon to see Lisa and Michael (Paws) where they were working on their trailer that they rent out as an airbnb, with plenty of guests applying. One detail of Topanga is that strange things happen, like pigs growing wings.
Visit in Thousand Oaks area with fraternity bros Jerry Goodman (realtor) and Peter Schoenfeld (retired over 20 yrs!!).
Then back to Aunt Gloria's for Thai food with cousin Brenda and my brother David and Sister Lori. Here, as with almost every party, we congregate in the kitchen.
Next day, 11/22, met with Liz from '02, spine fellowship days at Cedars (omg, 20 yrs already!) and her new hubby, Jose Lopez, affectionately referred to as J Lo. And you'll never guess where we ate!!??!!
I got to visit with friend from high school, now retired, Mark Troy in his beautiful backyard. We discussed what's going on in L.A. and about peeps from back in the day. We had a cameo appearance from his dog, appropriately named...Cameo (yes, it's true).
I guess we've changed a bit. (photo circa '81...?)
That evening we shared a bite with our stepsister Marji and her husband Jeff. We visited for a while until we noticed...hey, they're sweeping up and we're the only ones not employed here!!
Wednesday, 11/23, I got to meet with some peeps also from back in the day (and these days, who isn't?), Randy Moss, Tony Levine, and Cory Winick. We met at Bobby's Coffee Shop, and had to decide if we wanted our omelets with a side of weed..
Here are the suspects lined up against a wall.
And for more nostalgia, from '71, SW is Sam Winick, Cory's dad, was a great coach. Didn't make fun of me even though, when I got my first hit, I slid into first base. CW is Cory.
That afternoon, I went to a movie with Aunt Gloria. You can guess what we saw.
Afterwards, we went back to her place to scoop up brother and sister for a fish dinner and some last minute shopping.
Thanksgiving day, 11/24, Lori and I drop off Aunt Gloria at the train station so she can get to her next stop (Irvine), and we provide Cousin Brenda with photographic evidence that Lori and I made the drop.
Lori and I went for a walk where I make my entry for the funny face and hairdo contest.
Later we had Thanksgiving with Jerry Goodman's family at his sister's house which was lovely. (Our intended Thanksgiving plans had a hiccup due to the 'vid).
Friday 11/25, after taking Lori to the airport, I had a visit with cousins Karen and Timmy while they were putting up their Xmas lights. I helped eat a few of their Thanksgiving leftovers. Yum!
Then, off the the OC, Laguna Beach, to visit Paula and Salomon, where after catching up at their house, we went to see Moulin Rouge: The Musical
Paula brought her service dog, Preciosa
Our seats were in the second row!!
I was wondering if Preciosa prefers dramas.
Then, Saturday, 11/26, back to GA and to regular life.
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