Too Much Fun

I can tell you this, when I get to the Pearly Gates, I will be breathless, saying “What a ride! What a life!” I sure hope there is an Afterlife, because just imagine how much fun we’d all have there!

Here are Strider and Delilah with their parents Ed & Deb. Ed & Deb retired last year and bought 46 acres on the central coast, and are almost finished building their beautiful spread. We know them from back when they first came to Southern California, 25 years ago. Strider and Delilah are Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Nice dogs.


We went wine tasting and had a lovely picnic.


We spent the weekend with our good friends and former neighbors Bill & Jeanne. We played bridge for two whole days non-stop. I couldn’t figure out how to make the camera timer work so Jim snapped the photo. This lifestyle is hell on the waistline!


The dogs are Chase and Buddy. Chase (left) is 6 and Buddy is 14--that’s about 100 in people years. He is old and has congestive heart failure, but he can still catch the ball. When we lived on the central coast, I used to pitch balls over the fence to Buddy with my ball launcher and he never missed one. They’re Border Collies. Great dogs, and very smart. It was hard to say goodbye to Buddy because I know I will never see him again. He’s so sweet.

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We went to Jocko’s for dinner. Jocko’s is the sleaziest dive around, but they serve great steaks at bargain prices. J says, “Just don’t look at the floor and you’ll be fine.” It’s kind of a tradition in these parts. If you haven’t eaten at Jocko’s, you ain’t shit.


Here we are at the bar waiting for our table. It is early, we had a 6:00 reservation, and it still took the better part of an hour to get seated. But that’s Jocko’s—it’s always like that. A small Spencer steak for $21 is about four inches thick and could feed a family of five.


Well, that’s all for now, more fun is on the calendar, and more golf! We are booked solid! It’s great! Until next time, Happy Labor Day!


  1. That just looks like too much fun!

    46 acres on the central coast? Holy moley! Wow!

  2. Well, you said it better than I could. Keep on enjoying, Rian!

  3. Sounds like you've found the best of all outcomes.....great climate in the winter....old friends in the summer. Agree that 'old' friends are just the BEST. But new blog friends aren't so bad either !!

  4. It seems that you've really got your traveling shoes on, and what fun you're having. It's great to catch up with old friends--and with their dogs too!


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