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Blackout, Bjurstens and Geezer Tennis

It's been a very full and exciting week. I have been playing tennis, and last Saturday, we celebrated Paul Ackerman's 85th birthday. Paul is the founder of this informal group that plays on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. We play doubles in a very competitive but good natured way, forgiving of the failings of others, if not for ourselves. Paul is a lawyer who still assists adoptions. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Other members of the group, are, from left to right, un-named, Chuck, the accountant, Paul, Jim, another accountant, and Art, retired from the pharmaceutical industry. We rotate through about three sets, winners playing winners and losers playing losers, all despending on how many show up. A very pleasant group! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Saturday set all kinds of records for heat, and this time it was combined with humidity. When the electricity failed, the problem was the circuit breakers which can be seen hanging downward from this electrical pole. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting It took more than fifty hours for Southern California Edison to fix the problem, and on Monday, when the electricity was still off, we decided to flee to our third motel in three days. The reason was that Becky, our daughter, and Haley and Zachary were flying in for a brief vacation from Corte Madera, in Northern California. The house was incredibly hot, so we headed off to "camping out" at the Irvine Residence Inn. The pool was just right in the heat, and Becky and Haley stayed cool. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Monday evening, son, Josh, daughter-in-law, Tammy and grandson, Myles, joined us at a Japanese restaurant in Irvine. My diet has been placed on the back burner with multiple restaurant visits and the fresh peach pie season at Polly's Pies. This is my undoing!

Tuesday night we were back home and it was a great feeling which we will not soon forget. Too easy to take our life for granted, and we were lucky enough to have the resources to escape the heat, while the Middle East is in turmoil. The contrast of happy, innocent children enjoying dressing up in costumes, in safety and peace, makes us only to aware of how lucky we are to have been born in the United States, and to have enjoyed the blessings of peace.
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Tags: geezers, haley, zachary
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