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Woke up today and remembered (whew) that I had a haircut appt. at Desert Strands with Lindsey, so off I headed to DHS for that. They are very friendly and welcoming there, and the shop is beautifully decorated for Christmas, too.
Lary headed in to Eisenhower Medical Center for his monthly INR blood thinner blood analysis, and then bought groceries. He also ...
... SHE'S FROM HALIFAX!'
By this time Kristi and Chuck were laughing, probably thinking 'okay, this is a Canadian set up - Tim and Gin are from Winnipeg, our picture taker is from Winnipeg, her friend's from Halifax, Yves is from B.C., Tim's parents are from B.C. - are there no other Americans around Palm Springs, USA?!
They must have wondered 'Are we on Candid camera?'
The picture in today's entry shows us ...
... and lots and lots of documents that you could pour through. But the fun part for us is that they had several flight simulators and you could sit and fly a small plane, or a DC3 which I actually landed safely on the ground, but not before taking a couple of signs out along the runway - hey it's been 15 years since I got my pilot's license, and it was for a much small plane than that! It was fun, but I have to say I was so tense you would think ...
... as he was a bit feral but apparently he had a major meltdown at the hotel over what to wear and not wanting to go on the bus to the festival on his return so they ended up not coming back until 7:30pm that night. It was cool to spend the whole day with Brad drinking in the sun and rocking out to the Violent Femmes, Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes, Yeasayer, Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, the XX, and the Postal ...
... Bloch. She was warm and gracious and we had a delightful conversation almost fifty years since last seeing her or her girls. Burr Oaks was such an incredible place that the memories we shared still have a uniting affect.
The Bedells are wonderful hosts and we spent a delightful happy hour catching up on the missed years. That evening, I enjoyed the cousins stories of earlier times. We dined at Acqua Pazza, a favorite of our hosts and we enjoyed both the atmosphere and the ...