Zig-Zaging, LaVerne, Mission Viejo, Yorba Linda
Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
61Trip End Jul 11, 2013
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Before we went north to LA we had a great night at Ed & Kelly's shootin' pool and shootin' the breeze. It had been about 17 years since I'd been to Uncle Ed's home for one of his famous St' Patrick's Day Parties. He's done a beautiful job remodeling and some spectacular tile work-everywhere! And, as he put it "if we'd had a dog, they would have tiled it too!"
Uncle Ed had prepared for our arrival and even created a extra bedroom for Travis so everyone was very cozy. For a couple for bachelors, they were very good hosts! (I have a hunch cousin Cork, one of Ed's daughters, might have played a role in this too but...we'll give the guys some credit!)
We laughed and heard stories and harassed whomever was toting the pool cue. Kelly was clearly a seasoned pool shark and I think he may have let the Knolls off the hook and let us win. Either that or his heavy-duty workouts of late and getting "more bigger" impacted his game. It was kinda funny that Travis was walkin' pretty tall every time Kelly called him "Big Guy!"
It was fun to have Ed to ourselves too. I am reminded that he truly has a remarkable memory. He surprised me several times with morsels of history that I have no idea how he would remember!
At the picnic, Cork had said to Mallery and I "if you two need a trim or anything come on by the house I have a salon and live right around the corner from Dad!" An offer like that was too much to refuse. So, early (for Mallery) Sunday morning off we go!
Cork & Tom have a terrific home five minutes away and Mallery & I had a great time with Cork... I dare say she MAY HAVE MORE ENERGY THAN I DO! Like CRAZY ENERGY!
Cork shared family stories - many sports-related that we had no notion about and no memory of ever knowing. Base ball has been a big part of their lives! We were totally jazzed learning more about them and their kids' achievements.
They have recently re-done almost every room AND every piece of furniture in their house. And I mean THEY! TOM AND CORK DID IT ALL. Tables, desks, chairs, cabinets, walls, floors, windows... you name it! Incredible artisans and visionaries. Everything in their home was the result of their own two hands! And beautiful.
(OK so I also have to share Tom has some really weird, wild obsession with maple trees.)
I mentioned before we invited ourselves to Auntie Fran's on Thursday when Auntie Pat usually spends the day with her. It turned into a typical Corcoran gathering where 4 guests turns into 8 without blinking an eye.
Since we couldn't get back to Uncle Ed's to stay we were happy to hear he would be joining us and Phyllis is comfortable driving to Ed's house so they would come together.
I didn't feel like I had enough time with Sam at the picnic so he had cleared his schedule for the day and came as well. Sadly, we never did get to see Kim this time around.
It was a fine catered affair, Auntie Pat-my Godmother, did the lion's share - with others bringing goodies to Auntie Frans home in Corona. We were sorry to miss Michelle and Tony as they were back at one of our recent stops, in Lake Havasu, christening the beginning of summer. Fran's grandchildren were busy with jobs and whatnot so we enjoyed the elders - which was REALLY the point anyway!!!!
Billy looked at a job not too far from Corona in LaVerne, on our way up which turned out to be prohibitive mostly because of the equipment that would have been necessary to accomplish the tasks. Very thoughtful of friends to continue to think of us and try to help refill the coffers as we venture about!.
After everyone else left Billy and I got Pat and Fran to ourselves for another couple of hours. I LOVE the one-on-one. They are both amazing and hysterical. The humor genes run rampant in our family. Thank you G-Mum for the scrumptious meal and entertainment and to the others for taking time to be with us and each other.
We had made arrangements to catch up with more old University of Maryland friends on the way home from Fran's. (Well one of them, Rich, is an old University of Maryland friend and his wife Leasha whom I ONLY WISH I had known all these years! She is a fire cracker and a bundle of "positivity."
Like so many other contacts on "The Artful Odyssey" we are totally calling/texting people out of LEFT FIELD! And so here I get HER cell number, thinking I'm reaching her husband, my old friend, and I get a response from her! And you'd have thought I was a long lost dearly loved relative by the greeting I received. I could FEEL HER warmth and ardor through the phone.*
I find there's way more to say and share that you think about AFTER. One thing Rich confirmed that we''ve heard a few times recently, that any "kid" graduating with ANY engineering degree can pretty much walk into an entry level job at $80K plus.
It was great to see them and wow, just realizing this was all about just one day!
*I have to say this was also true of Linda Demarest in Dallas...turns out she had had the hots for Billy a hundred years ago and adored him. I heard she adored me too :O) but the only time we had ever met I was carrying his three babies and 240 pounds on my belly so not sure if I was viewed as a threat or NOT!!! (HaHaHaHaHaHa That's actually pretty funny. (Great energy-Right Linda?)