2009 Super Bowl Party

Trip Start Oct 22, 2008
Trip End Jul 31, 2009

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Our boss invited us to a Super Bowl party at his family's condo in San Pablo so we could meet the other ESL teachers. To make the trip it took two buses and about 15 minutes of walking.

We met Raymond while digging out some ID to get past the security guard at the gate. There are thousands of gated communities and guard shacks in San Jose residential areas. (We live about 100 feet from 'our' guard shack). And this system is not just set up for the rich and famous. It's the organized Tico version of Neigborhood Watch.

Anyhow, while 'safely' walking to find #63, Raymond told us he was from Washington D.C. By the time we knocked on the door we found out that 1) he was born in Kashmir, 2) he spent his summers growing up in Kodai, and 3), His grandfather, Anthony Isar, was a judge who built a home on Bear Shola Road and retired there. Isar was even the secretary of the Kodaikanal Boat Club. (For any of you Kodiaites who were in Kodai in the '60s, if you remember this man and have some stories about him to share with his grandson . . . that would be great!)

Raymond is planning to live in Costa Rica, has purchased property here, and making plans to build his house. For us, this kind of mini-cosmic event is much more interesting than the Super Bowl.

Oh yes, the Super Bowl. We enjoyed looking at some of the action on a 60" projection TV screen. But it was only a week after my surgery and unfortunately, we had to leave before the 'cliff-hanging' 4th quarter to start our trip home on public transportation.

But Michael was great about making this opportunity available to us. There are about eight teachers connected with his company, mostly in their twenties, scattered all over the Central Valley. And given our 'senior status', it would be easy to live in semi-isolation from this community. But in addition to Raymond, who is 50+, we have since gotten to know Krista, Sara, Zach, and Natasha - all of an age to be our grandchildren. Maybe they are just being polite, but most have confessed to surprise and some amazement that an older couple is living like this. "Cool!" is a frequent response. When some hear we've been "life-partners" for almost 47 years, there is often disbelief and some lack of comprehension. Is that a sign of respect or are we just the 'crazy old people' in their midst? But they seem to appreciate Annette's chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, raita, and the cervezas. We vote for respect and the effects of culinary bribery!

So the Super Bowl experience is more than football. Rah! Rah! Rah!
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