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Monday, 29-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Settling in for that Long Winter's Nap

While this may seem like a luxury or indulgence,
curling up under a warm blanket on a chilly afternoon and
dozing off to Dreamland for a spell is a very good thing to do.

Sunday, 28-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The road to a friend's house is never long.

Aaron G, Alex and Sean.
Mike, Ji Mi and Naria.
Aaron H, Alex and buddies, Aaron G & Sean
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Sometimes, the best-laid plans go awry. For Alex, just back from his first semester at UCI and Naria, on Christmas break from grade school, this year's winter flu hit hard. It looked like our neighbors and friends from down the hill weren't gonna make it up the mountain.

One day late, both families showed up!

Never estimate the resilience of youth and the burning desire of not missing out on their families' winter weekend. With the help of amoxycillin for Alex and Korean remedies for Naria, both bounced back. No one was about to be left behind.

After an afternoon of snow play under a sunny, clear blue Big Bear sky, everyone piled in and settled into the cabin. When darkness fell, we all headed out to Maggio's for pizza. Why Maggio's?

"Because of the atmosphere, " said Mike. "And the salads and pizzas are great!"

Driving over, the ski traffic was horrendous. No problem. We were driving in the opposite direction. We stepped into a teensy restaurant -- Maggio's -- packed with convivial skiers and out-of-towners (the locals eat at home, this time of year). The aroma of garlic and Italian herbs wafting from the kitchen had our mouths watering. Of course, for Eddie, every stranger is an unmet friend and in no time at all, he was introducing us to his newest friends from Arizona.

Somehow our party of eleven was accommodated after a half hour wait, but not without a quick shopping foray next door for the kids.

Mike was right. The cozy, unpretentious restaurant radiated a laid-back charm and atmosphere with its low-ceiling surroundings and wicker basket chianti bottles lining the ledges. The appetizers -- deep fried mozzarella, mushroom, and zucchini sticks; antipasto; fresh green salad; and teriyaki chicken (yes, you read that right), pepperoni and cheese, and vegetarian pizzas were all 'that' -- GREAT!

The melodrama of the evening was about to unfold. As we were leaving, a near hysterical woman in tears was right outside the door. Her daughter had dropped her loose car key somewhere in their car. Mother and daughter were in a state of total haplessness. In the days of yore, they would have been described as your classic "damsels in distress."

"And WHY was it not on a keychain?" we wondered , some aloud.

The eyes of our eleven-strong group -- young and old -- scoured hard. The key was nowhere to be found, inside or outside the car. Perhaps it fell into the seat belt mechanism? Ai yai yai!

T trudged across the parking lot to retrieve a flashlight from his truck, while Mike, the handiest man on Earth, went for his tools. In that icy cold night, the guys proceeded to look for the wayward key. After a long 15 minutes of intense searching, "Eureka!" Eddie's eagle eye spotted the elusive key behind the front seats. Nothing gets past Eddie, and he never misses a beat -- or a lost key!

The grateful woman put the key safely on a (large) keychain with all of us, stern witnesses, watching. She could not thank the guys enough. I like to think this mother and daughter will never forget the kindness of these strangers in the night.

How blessed we are that these 'strangers' are our friends. Our dear, dear friends.

>> How We Got to Know Eddie & Celia
>> Aaron's BM

Saturday, 27-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Happy Birthday to My Sister, Sandy!

My sister Sandy, meeting her dog-nephew and -niece.
A leisurely Laguna afternoon with my sister all to myself.
A quick visit to one of our favorite local hang-outs.
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"...loving a sister is an unconditional, narcissistic, and complicated devotion that approximates a mother's love... Sisters are inescapably connected by the same two parents, the same trove of memory and experience." ~ Mary Bruno


She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities.
She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway.
She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you're smiling, even in the dark.
She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink.

Thank you for being all of these -- and more.

Great chatting with you tonight. Hope you'll be feeling better soon and starting 2004 in good health and giving your treadmill a run for its money.

>> A Sharing of Memories: My Kind of Day with My Sister, Sandy: Sunday, May 5, 2002

Love to you and Robert,

P.S. Thanks for the tip on those unbelievably low fares!

Friday, 26-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

For inspirational (with lots of WOW!) photography, THE YEAR IN PICTURES, MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.com/modules/yip03/

Thursday, 25-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Holiday Greetings!

The Christmas tree is decorated and aglow...
A bit of Hawai'i -- an anthurium -- in holiday dress.
And good 'ole St. Nick, job done, now on vacation in Hawai'i.
It's Christmas morning! Just had my morning coffee -- I'm awake! We're watching a Christmas parade on TV...and wishing you a blessed holiday!

More holiday greetings from our pets to yours:

If you doubt that Santa vacations in Hawai`i: here's proof.

Food for Thought: Giving Away Millions: It's Only Human

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