Paul's Near Christmas Birthday 2008

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home

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The Five Crowns Birthday Dinner (December 16th)

Five Crowns
Corona Del Mar

It's been a tradition for years... Dining at the Five Crowns for Paul's birthday. In 1965, the Frank and Van de Kamp families, famous for their restaurant innovations of Lawry's The Prime Rib and Tam O'Shanter Inn, undertook the development of yet another enduring legend. Inspired by a love for English country inns, Richard N. Frank spearheaded the recreation of England's oldest country inn, Ye Olde Bell (est. 1135 A.D.), and named it Five Crowns. The magic of Five Crowns' English character is reflected in both its fine food and enchanting décor. Heavy wood paneling, antique furnishings, cozy fireplaces and attentive staff capture the romantic spirit of Olde England. The atmosphere is inviting, the service impeccable. From fine china, pristine linens and sparkling crystal, no detail is overlooked.

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No rain yet... But this evening it finally started!

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Miss Laurie met us there as she was the only one that still works!

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Aunt Kaye and Vicky found a good place to sit

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You can't leave these two alone anywhere!

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Food???  Greg and Paul head for the goodies

Paul And Sue

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Sue is watching Paul's see food diet!

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No, that is NOT a martini

The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth. Substituting vodka for gin is now common, and is properly called a Kangaroo. The drink is almost always garnished with an olive. It is often described as being "crisp" or "astringent". Over the years, the martini has become one of the most well-known mixed alcoholic beverages. H. L. Mencken once called the martini "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet", and E. B. White called it "the elixir of quietude".

Beware, We Have Entered The Shakespeare Room!

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Greg is getting warmed up!

The Bell Ringer's Have Arrived

American Handbells

A hand bell is a bell designed to be rung by hand. To ring a handbell, a ringer grasps the bell by its slightly flexible handle — traditionally made of leather, but often now made of plastic — and moves the wrist to make the hinged clapper inside the bell strike. An individual handbell can be used simply as a signal to catch people's attention or summon them together, but handbells are generally heard in tuned sets. The bells used in American handbell choirs are almost always English handbells. "English handbells" is a reference to a specific type of handbells, not to the country of origin. While some American handbell choirs do use bells made in England, a large majority play bells made either by Malmark Bellcraftsmen or by Schulmerich Carillons, both based in Pennsylvania.

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Beautiful voices

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Aunt Kaye really enjoyed the singing

The Appropriate Teasing And Carri Laughs For Hours

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We brought tears to her eyes!

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Wow... They are behaving for a few minutes!

Now, Someone Else's Turn To Misbehave... Guess Who?

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Nice being the old birthday boy...I get dessert first!  Then Laurie eats it for me!

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Sue is rooting Paul on to victory... Can he blow out the candle?

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"You can do it dear... I know you can!!"

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By golly... He did it!  No more flame!

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Oh oh..  We got her again!

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Notice... Stealthily, Vicky brings out the famous Vicky-Camera!

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Even Greg and Laurie can't contain themselves!  What happened Carri??

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Laurie and Paul... The innocents!

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Carri gets deadly serious now... dessert has arrived!

The Bell Ringer's Make A Second Pass!

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Greg is watching them this time!

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"Greg!  You asked them to play what????"

Vicky Is Splainin' Something??

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Aunt Kaye is on the receiving end

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Vicky Provided Great Photos For The Collection

A beautiful note from the Kuhn's: 

"Celebrating your birthday with you two is so much fun. Well, celebrating ANYTHING with you two is always fun. Thank you for including us. Again, great food, positive company even Shakespeare was there, festive atmosphere, fun conversation and scrumptious desserts. You two are marvelous hosts! Happy Birthday again and we wish you many many more.

Thank you. Vicky & Del"

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Greg assists everybody in finding seats

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Poor waitress, does NOT know what she is in for!

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This will be known as "The Great Wine Incident"   No, Paul's did NOT do it this time.

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Paul consoles the guilty party )Miss Laurie)

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Which is redder... The spilt wine, Laurie's face or Paul's face???

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You cannot hide Carri!  Greg is tickled!

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The ringer's are back!

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Do they look worried???

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Dang... There goes Carri again!

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A moment of silence for this poor piece of cake!

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"It's OK dear... You really can blow it out!"

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Go go go go go!

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"What is this amazing device which provided so much entertainment?

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Carri is still laughing and Greg is enjoying every moment of it!

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They are keeping their distance!

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Boxed up and ready to go!

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Awaiting the "Silver Bullet" but alas, the seven of us came in the "Brown Bomb"

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