It's Greek Adventure Time July 6th 2015

Nothing Else Counts In This World!   

We Are Off To "Taverna Tony's" (Page One)

We met at our place and departed from there at 10:30. Donna, Hans and Mike departed from Donna's house and we all arrived within minutes of each other in Malibu... Excellent coordination and planning!

Remember to have your volume control turned up!!!

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Let's Get Underway!

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We departed after visiting Logan and his Grandma

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Into the van we go!

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We had a super time yakking the entire time!
45 minutes went quickly!

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First Stop... Malibu Civic Center and Taverna Tony's

Did You Know? - In the heart of the Malibu Civic Center, nestled against the majestic mountains and just a stone's throw from the beach lies the Malibu Country Mart, California's premier location for shopping, dining, and relaxing.

Removed from the stress and cookie-cutter selection of your typical shopping experience, the Malibu Country Mart features unique and upscale boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and personal services set in an astoundingly beautiful atmosphere.

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"It was Mr. Toad's wild ride!"

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It was a cool day along the beach! Almost 70 degrees out!

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The head "food decision maker" must be rested....
She has a big job ahead of her!

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Jon checks everything out and locks up

Did You Know? - Malibu Country Mart may have lost a beloved indie bookshop, but it's scoring another friendly tome-filled boutique in its place. As mentioned, non-cheesy souvenir and gift shop Burro (formerly Firefly) took over Diesel's vacated space, which reopened its doors yesterday.

Filled with "novelty items and artisan goods for 'independent thinkers,'" the boutique offers curated selection of stylish and whimsical merch from a host of labels both local and global. Expect to find jewelry from designer Zoe Chicco and Dogeared, home goods and accessories by Graf & Lantz, leather carryalls by Baggu, plus books, stationery, art, children's clothing and toys, vintage decor, and much more. After the original location on Abbot Kinney, the Malibu shop is Burro's second LA store.

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They peeked in!

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The "newbies" inspect the fountain

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Greg is up to something!   We think he is humming "Three Coins In The Fountain"

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We enter Tony's (We took the side entrance)

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We arrived first and they had the table ready for us!

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Hans, Mike, and Donna arrive within a few minutes of us!

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"Hans up!"   no... "Hands up"

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"We made it..."

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This is all ours??

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Donna and her escorts for the day!

Did You Know? - The Greeks say...

1. A Greek doesn't say "I have no idea what's going on"…she says "I've lost my eggs and baskets" (ἐχω χἀσει τα αυγἀ και τα καλἀθια).

2. A Greek doesn't just "make your life hell"…he "makes your life a roller skate" (σου κἀνει την ζωἠ πατἰνι).

3. In Greece, a situation doesn't just "get out of hand"…it turns into "a whore's fencepost" (της πουτἀνας το κἀγκελο).

4. A Greek isn't just "doing nothing"…he's "swatting flies" (βαρἀει μὐγες).

5. A Greek house isn't just "messy"…it's a "brothel" (μπουρδἐλο).

6. A Greek isn't just "very busy"…she's "running without arriving" (τρἐχει και δεν φτἀνει).

7. A Greek doesn't just "irritate you"…she "breaks your nerves" (σου σπἀει τα νεὐρα).

8. In Greece, something isn't "unbearable…it "can't be fought" (δεν παλεὐεται).

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"Let's eat!"

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Jon watches the "old people" cavort

Did You Know? - With an area of 50,949 square miles (131,958 square kilometers), Greece is roughly the size of Alabama. The population of Greece is more than 10 million people.—comparatively, the population of Alabama is around 4.5 million.f

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Jon and Greg have seen each other every day since Jon arrived

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Mike closes his eyes and attempts to imagine what will happen next!

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"Hey there... I will be watching you guys... You look suspicious!"

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Hans attempts to read the menu in Greek!

Did You Know? - Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year, more than the country's entire population. Tourism constitutes nearly 16% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.

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"This is looking good!"

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Jon and Mike.... Take note!

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Since Jon does construction he ignored the last cartoon

Did You Know? - In the 1950s, only about 30% of Greek adults could read and write. Now, the literacy rate is more than 95%.

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We are here! Yeah!

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Paul was prepared for seafood today

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Paul was dressed for the occasion!

Did You Know? - NOTE TO JON.... Retirement homes are rare in Greece. Grandparents usually live with their children's family until they die. Most young people live with their families until they marry.

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Decisions decisions

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We will wake you up in a bit!

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Paul helps.... Yeah, right!  He attempted to argue with Irene

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"...and what delights would you like little boy?"

Time For A Toast

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Clink clink clink! Love those real glasses!

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Reaching across the aisle

Did You Know? - Greeks do not wave with an open hand. In fact, it is considered an insult to show the palm of he hand with the fingers extended. Greeks wave with the palm closed
After giving a compliment, Greeks make a puff of breath through pursed lips, as if spitting. This is meant to protect the person receiving the compliment from the "evil eye."

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Just one more...

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Paul gets a new glass for every toast!

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Irene makes the order... Scares our waitress!

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We love seeing Old Glory

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No truth to the rumor Mike wanted to take the pole home!

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Greg approached the pole from a different way

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Hans took the direct approach!

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Wally fell in love!

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Ghislaine did it right!

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...and was asked to do it again!

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OMG! The cheese is on fire

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Mike was attempting to put the fire out!

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Last time Irene ordered it was after two glasses of wine....
Today Irene ordered first.... Whew!

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Opa! Great fun!

Did You Know? - Opa! (Greek: Ώπα), is a common Greek verbal emotional expression used frequently during celebrations or dancing in Greece. Sometimes Opa can be used while eating dinner as a form of cheers to the chef. In the Greek culture, the expression sometimes accompanies plate smashing (purposeful or unintentional).

It is also used during weddings or when people are dancing.

The original meaning of the word is "I'm going to crumb" or "Whoops this doesn't normally happen!".

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Wally is not worried at all!

Time To Dine!

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Fries with eyes!

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The table fills up quickly

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Hans says "Where is the sauerkraut?"

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"Dang... This is good!"

Did You Know? - Greek's highest elevation is the legendary home of Zeus and other Olympian gods and goddesses, Mount Olympus at 9,750 feet (2,917 meters). Its lowest elevation is the Mediterranean Sea, or sea level.

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Greg is curious how so much food could disappear!

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Stories are told and re-told!

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"A new adventure.... I love Greek food!"

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The wine is flowing....

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Singing shall begin in a few minutes

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Donna 'splains champagne

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Stretch....

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Mike takes it all in!

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Tell me a Greek joke!

Did You Know? -

1) You're 5'4″, can bench press 325 pounds, shave twice a day, but you still cry when your mother yells at you.

2) Your uncle owns a restaurant, has $300,000 in the bank, but still drives a '76 Monte Carlo.

3) You share a bathroom with your 5 brothers, have no money, but drive a $45,000 Camaro.

4) Your mechanic, plumber, electrician, accountant and travel agent are all blood relatives.

5) You have a relative that has done something that required the IRS to threaten him.

6) Your 2 best friends are your cousin and brother-in-law's brother-in-law.

7) You are a card-carrying V.I.P at more than 3 dance clubs.

8) Despite the hair on your back, you still try to impress the ladies by wearing your "Just Do Me" tank top to Wasaga.

9) At least 5 of your cousins live on your street.

10) All 5 of those cousins are named after your grandfather.

11) A high school diploma and 1 year of community college has earned you the title of "professor" among your aunts.

12) You are on a first name basis with at least 8 banquet hall owners.

13) If someone in your family grows beyond 5′ 9″, it is presumed his mother had an affair.

14) There are more than 28 people in your bridal party.

15) You netted more than $50,000 on your baptism.

16) At some point in your life, you waited tables.

17) 30 years after immigrating, your parents still say "Embros" when answering the phone.

18) You are an adult and are forced to be with your family at 12 midnight on New Year's Eve.

19) Upon meeting another Greek, one of your first questions is, "what church do you go to"?

20) Your grandmother/mother/aunt has a miracle cure for every ailment under the sun.

21) You can name any or all of the gods on Mount Olympus.

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"Greg! I got most of those!"

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Do we have to exchange our money yet?

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Higher mathematics underway!

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"That's one for me and one for you!"



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We watered the flowers!

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The girls get started!

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Mike needs a lesson!

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"Did I get it right? Stomp lift jump stomp?"

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Hans adds a little polka flavor to the mix

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We are ready to compete now!

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"This is easy!"

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Paul and Mike do a duet!

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Watch out for flying shoes

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Greg joins the fun

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We skipped dessert because the Greeks have a hard time with pie!

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Bye until next time!

Did You Know? - The Greek flag is includes nine blue-and-white horizontal stripes, which some scholars say stand for the nine syllables of the Greek motto "Eleftheria i Thanatos" or "Freedom or Death." Blue represents Greece's sea and sky, while white stands for the purity of the struggle of freedom. In the upper left-hand corner is the traditional Greek Orthodox cross.

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Perhaps some shopping before we depart?

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Yeah... Right!

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The ladies get tickled!

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What is he/she doing?

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Irene... Behave yourself!

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Paul sets up the camera

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We found someone to take the shot

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All smiles... They know wine is nearby

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Wave to Bob! We miss you!

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Head 'em up... Move 'em out

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The statue is still doing fine

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Jon gives it a try!

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The guys give it a try!

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What an outstanding group!!

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To the cars... Off we go!

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