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33 (Club)

2006-01-01

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Club 33 is a private dining area within Disneyland. We were able to go through our association with Boeing (and previously Rockwell).

It's an experience but not a "fab" place to dine.

Club 33

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50 (Fifties)

1999-01-01

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We grew up in the greatest time in America. The war was over and production went to goods and services. People were gracious and crime was non-existent. We loved this period of our lives.

The Fifties in the United States and much of Western Europe are generally considered conservative in contrast to the social revolution of the next decade. Mass suburban developments and nuclear family ideals serve as symbols of the era from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the inauguration of United States President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

The 1950`s


Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States played out through the entire decade.

The fifties also revolutionized entertainment with the mainstream introduction of television, rapid growth of the recording industry and new genres of music, and movies targeted at teenage audiences.

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911

2001-09-11

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I`m no writer but these events have sickened me and my family. How can innocents be attacked... and in the name of a God? We are dealing with sick, barbaric, demented, cowardly un-human people belong in hell along with Hitler. Mussolini, and Tojo!

There is something about a sleeping tiger which the Japanese war machine found out about.. Guess what Mr. Terrorist, you have awakened him again! I would not want to be in your shoes!


911

We won`t be lulled into a the false sense of security again. What makes our cause so great? We embrace all kinds of colors, creeds, shapes, sizes, and persuasions.
We have FREEDOM! Hating Islam and all of its followers for the actions of its terrorist radicals is like hating Christianity and all the Germans for the actions of Hitler.
Either way, it ain`t right. You`re better than that. Educate yourself. Ignorance is NOT bliss -- it`s embarrassing and counter-productive.

Why am I spending my time sharing my thoughts with you? Because I want to make sure you remember what we are dealing with... It`s time to clean the Islamic house and get rid of the infestation of demented people involved!
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Adams Family

2000-06-01

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Hi! We are the Adams Family (No, not the TV folks!). We live in Los Angeles with Theodore or Theo for short. Dad works in the medical industry and mommy takes care of me all the time. Come visit our pages!

We just moved to Beverlywood, California, which is up in the West Los Angeles area. See our moving day! After we moved in, Mom and Dad had a shower for me (and I wasn`t even dirty yet!).

Mom and Dad like wine so they went to Temecula with Grandma Sue and Grandpa Paul before I was born! Mom didn`t drink when I was "in work".

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Adult Movies

2010-10-14

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Adult movies are NOT OUR STYLE... IN fact, we prefer "G" rated movies so we laugh about telling friends we are going to the adults movies " as it raises eyebrows.

Our group likes to go to the movies early and get the early bird special and then out for a quick dinner either before the movie or after the movie and before heading for home!

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Alaska

2002-07-01

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So.... Grandma and Papa get this great idea.... Take the teenage grandsons to Alaska before the "teenage insanity years" set in!

Little did we know that the "Insanity Years" begin early these days!

We asked, they said "Yes"... and we are off on a great adventure! June 10th, 2002 departure day!

OK Jonathan and Zachary.. All YOU have to do is get 3.0 or better average on your grades! B`s or better!

They did well... We are ready to go!

Jonathan is Colleen`s son and Zachary belongs to Jeanette. The girls get two weeks off while the grandparents are on-duty!

We had no way to know what we were signing up to except the boys are both good kids with Zachary being twelve and Jon thirteen.

Alaska

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Apple Picking

2000-01-01

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The coolness is in the air, the sun is getting thin in the afternoons, it is Autumn and time to go picking the fruit of the land! For years we have gone to Oak Glen and visited Riley`s Farms so now that we are retired, we are going again!

Picking Apples

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Aquarium Of The Pacific Long Beach

2000-05-01

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We have been members since its inception and go every few months as there is always something different to see. Please join our adventures

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located in the city of Long Beach, California at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. The aquarium features a collection of over 12,500 animals representing over 650 different species. The facility focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, Southern California and Baja, Northern Pacific and Tropical Pacific.

Aquarium of the Pacific


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Art Deco Ball

2013-09-13

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Whether it`s strolling around in a smoking jacket while watching a silent movie or sitting in on lectures on art deco architecture or the golden age of travel and fashions of the art deco period, the annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival will have plenty to fill the art deco lover`s heart.
About 500 aficionados from across the United States and even Europe are expected to convene on the historic ocean liner Friday through Sunday for a weekend of all things deco.

art Deco Ball


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Autry Museum

2012-03-08

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The Autry National Center, formed in 2003 by the merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum, is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West.

Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 - October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was also owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films and 91 episodes of The Gene Autry Show television series. During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero-honest, brave, and true-and profoundly touched the lives of millions of Americans.

Autry was also one of the most important figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre`s development after Jimmie Rodgers.

His singing cowboy movies were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, "Here Comes Santa Claus", which he wrote, "Frosty the Snowman", and his biggest hit, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

Autry is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for film, television, music, radio, and live performance.

The town of Gene Autry, Oklahoma was named in his honor.

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Avalon Ball

2005-01-02

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Days Gone By: Once a year we travel the 26 miles from Long Beach to Avalon for an afternoon and evening of fun with friends. We leave Long Beach in the afternoon, tour the island, and dine at one of the fine restaurants. We change into our "formal wear" and off we go to the Catalina Ballroom. We dance for several hours and then head to the Catalina Express boat at 11:00 PM for a quick and restful ride home. In bed by 12:30 and ready for the next day.

The Last Several Years We Stayed Overnight: We leave Long Beach in the afternoon and go to Catalina staying at the Villa Portofino Hotel. We dine with friends Friday and then go to the movies. Saturday we play golf, shop, and sightsee then prepare for the gala evening at the Casino... Formal or vintage wear encouraged . Sunday we return to reality.

Avalon Ball

The Avalon Ball | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017


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Bowers Museum

2008-01-01

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We go to the Bowers on a fairly regular basis and we enjoy Tangata, the Patina Group restaurant that is on site.

The museum`s name comes from Charles Bowers, a late 1800s Orange County land developer, who donated the land on which it stands to the City of Santa Ana. The building was constructed in 1931, after the death of Ada Bowers (Charles`s wife) who left the property unoccupied. The new building remained empty for four years after because the Great Depression prevented the city from paying any operating funds.

Bowers

The Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum first opened the doors of its Mission Revival-style building in 1936 as a city-run museum devoted primarily to the history of Orange County. In 1987, the City of Santa Ana closed the museum after careful study and input from the community to reopen as a totally transformed building. In October 1992, the Bowers opened its 63,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) facility (some six times larger than the original museum) to a crowd of over 17,000 people.
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Bumperstickers

2010-01-01

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A bumper sticker is an adhesive label or sticker with a message, intended to be attached to the bumper of an automobile and to be read by the occupants of other vehicles - although they are often stuck onto other objects. Most bumper stickers are about 30 cm by 8 cm (12 in by 3 in) and are often made of PVC.

Bumper stickers can be commercial, religious, secular, humorous, or in support of a sports team or other organization.

They may promote or oppose a particular philosophical or political position. Bumper stickers are a popular way of showing support for a candidate for a government seat and become more common during election years.

Bumperstickers

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California Science Center

2010-01-01

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The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Help support our mission to inspire science learning in everyone!

CSC

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Car Shows

2013-01-01

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Car Shows Are Fun To Go To!

We have been going to car shows for years. New cars, old cars, and specialty cars. Join us for some fun! Join us at the Seal Beach Car Shows , Petersen`s Car Museum 2007, Petersen`s Car Museum 2008, The Nethercutt Museum, 2004 New Car Shows, and most recently the 2009 Palos Verdes Concours d`Elegance.

Car Show

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Catalina Island

2000-01-01

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/catalina/catalina_satellite_map.jpCatalina is just 29 miles from our home which makes it 26 miles across the sea, directly south of us!.

Paul has been going over there since 1949 and remembers the divers and the Great White Steamer,

We can often see it when driving around town and certainly from our medical building on Katella!

Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California . The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and eight miles (13 km) across at its greatest width.

For the past decade plus, we go over for the Avalon Ball where we spend the weekend and dance to the sounds of the 1920`s and 1930`s in te Catalina Ballroom!

The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles, California . The highest point on the island is 2097 ft (639 m) Mt. Orizaba.

Catalina

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CGI Scripts

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Were we keep the various CGI scripts that are used within our Website,
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Chartiers, The

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The Chartiers are our ex-son-in-laws family. Pete was divorced from Colleen many years ago and since remarried to Lisa. We are good friends and consider them family!

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Chihuahuas Everywhere

2000-01-01

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At one time we had six little babies, all of which we dearly loved. They have passed with the most recent being Flower in 2014. She was nineteen years old!

The Chihuahua`s history is puzzling and there are many theories surrounding the origin of the breed. Both folklore and archaeological finds show that the breed originated in Mexico. The most common and most likely theory is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico.

No records of the Techichi are available prior to the 9th century, although dog pots from Colima, Mexico, buried as part of the western Mexico shaft tomb tradition which date back to 300 BC are thought to depict Techichis.

It is probable that earlier ancestors were present prior to the Mayans as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, predating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula.

In fact, wheeled dog toys representing both the "deer head" and `apple head` varieties of Chihuahua have been unearthed across Mesoamerica from Mexico to El Salvador. The earliest of these were found at Tres Zapotes in Veracruz, Mexico, which date to 100 AD., indirect evidence that the breed was in Mexico over 1400 years before the first Europeans arrived.

Chihuahua"

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Christmas (General)

1999-01-01

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2000

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Christmas 2001

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Christmas 2002

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Christmas 2003

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Christmas 2004

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Christmas 2005

2005-12-31

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Celebrating Christmas 2005
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Christmas 2006

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2006

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2007

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2008

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2009

2009-10-17

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2010

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2011

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2012

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2013

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2014

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2015

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Welcome to the Liles Family Christmas pages. We love Christmas time and spend the entire month of December quite actively pursuing family activities.

For almost twenty-eight years now we have taken our family and close friends to the Candlelight Dinner Pavilion Theater for the Christmas Play for their Christmas present. We like giving "memories" instead of "stuff".

We began in 1988 with just the two of us. In 2012 we took 56 people and 2013 we have sixty reservations..... In 2015 we have 98 going!

We go to Disneyland on Christmas Eve early in the morning and stay until about 5PM at which time in recent years we go to Catal for dinner. If the weather permits, we even watch the fireworks! Of course, with family and friends! Sue has gone to Christmas Eve at Disneyland for currently 51 years without a miss.

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Christmas 2016

2016-10-01

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Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. Welcome to our Christmas 2016 website.

We keep a running track of the events which occur during the Christmas season so we can go back and relive them with family and friends.
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Church

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We believe in God and go to Church every Sunday. We go the the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church . Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church is a Protestant Christian church in Los Alamitos, California. It is about six minutes from our door to the pews so it makes life easy. We also take other older neighbors with us and our daughter every once in a while!
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Comics

2012-04-12

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We take load of pictures and sometimes they simply tell a story so we decided to put the random comics in their own place on our site!

Comics
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Conlin

2010-02-20

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Ted Conlin is a friend who we met via Old Ranch Country Club. He was a WWII fighter pilot and is one heck of a great guy! We enjoy listening to his stories about flying P51`s over Germany, France, Russia and Italy during the later parts of WWII. Please join his 90th birthday party held at Los Alamitos Race Track!

Please read his stories about World War II that just made us understand what it ws like in those terrible days. Also visit one of his many presentations to groups wanting to learn from someone who was there!

It Is With Great Sadness That We Learned Of Ted`s Passing March 12th, 2012.

Conlin

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Cooking

2004-02-01

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Cooking is the act of preparing food for eating by the application of heat. It encompasses a vast range of methods, tools and combinations of ingredients to alter the flavor or digestibility of food.

It is the process of selecting, measuring and combining of ingredients in an ordered procedure in an effort to achieve the desired result. Factors affecting the final outcome include the variability of ingredients, ambient conditions, tools, and the skill of the individual doing the actual cooking.

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County Fairs

2001-01-01

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We love County Fairs and go to the OC Fair, the San Diego Fair, and something the Venture County Fair. We often go several times to see specific shows and revisit some displays.

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Cruising With The Family

2001-01-10

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It`s Christmas time 1999 and our families decided to take a family cruise! We wanted something that would allow us all to visit while escaping the city! All eighteen of us!

What better way to escape and celebrate than a New Years Cruise to Mexico!

We did the "three day" tour of Mexico and enjoyed it. How else can eighteen people spend a whole weekend together and not have to worry about entertainment, food, drink, driving, etc. etc. We got t visit, rest, play... it was a real hoot!

That was a long time ago now as evidenced by:

Otis, Dave, Edith, and Kat having passed on.

Mitch and Jeanette are Grandparents but now divorced

Eddie is happily married with two beautiful boys.

Pete and Lisa are Grandparents.

Zachary is a proud father of Miss Lilly.

Colleen is a Grandmother twice.

Cassie is the mother of Calhan and Logann the wonder babies.

Paul and Sue are Great Grandparents three times.

Ralph and Alyce have become Grandparents again.

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Dad (Paul William Liles)

2002-02-24

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The little tribute to Paul`s Dad was a way of saying "Thank You" Dad for being the best Dad in the world!"

Dad was born and raised In McRae, Arkansas which was in White County just northeast of Little Rock. He was born on 16 Sep 1906 to Grover Clifton Liles and Susie Kathryn Cook. He passed away on Nov 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Take a look at our genealogy!

Paul William

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Daily Diary

2007-01-01

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We retired and thought it might be fun to keep a running blog on our activities so we can look back and share with some friends. Do, in the mornings er update the blog from the day before.

We have some activities which we consider just `normal` and therefore you will not see them in every daily diary entry. They are Church on Sunday mornings, dancing during the week at the Phoenix Club, Elks Lodges, or Senior Centers, and golf at Old Ranch three or four times during the week!

Oh, Disneyland at the drop of a hat!! We sneak in botantical gardens, museums, and other neat things on Mondays when the golf course is having a tournament. We are members of the Zoological Society, the Museum Society (Bowers, and many more), and season ticket holders at OC Performing Arts Center, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, and South Coast Rep.

Most important are friends and we are truly blessed!

Busy? Yup! Keeps us young!

Paul and Sue

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Dance Clubs (Our)

2012-01-01

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We enjoy dancing and people so we have joined four "local" dance clubs that meet on dates/time that do not interfere with each other! This page summarizes the various clubs and points to the detailed website for each one! We will do this in alphabetrical order starting with...

NOTE: Private means you need to be invited by a current member and then "sponsored" if you are interested. The dances are all LIVE music and range from $75-$125 per couple depending upon the venue and the type of dance.

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Dancing (Our Hobby)

2003-03-02

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We are always dancing because it is fun, we enjoy our friends, and it is excellent exercise for us old folks! We dance several evenings a week and local places and then we do the "adventures" to Catalina and across the seas on the Queen Mary -- OK, it never leaves port but we can imagine!

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Del Mar Race Track

2005-01-01

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We go to the races about once a year and just enjoy a day out in the crowds, ride the train, and kibitz for twelve hours straight. See the 2007 is a ProShow movie format! We have picture evidence for 2007 , 2008 , and 2010 . Planning for 2011 is underway!

Arial View It`s August and the De Lara Gang is headed for Del Mar for an afternoon watching the horses and attempting to remove a lot of alcohol from circulation!

When Del Mar opened in 1937, Bing Crosby was at the gate to personally greet the fans. Today it was just Mike attempting to do the same!

In an era when horse racing ranked second in popularity with Americans to Major League Baseball, the match race was much written and talked about and was the first nationwide broadcast of a thoroughbred race by NBC radio.

In the race, Seabiscuit was ridden by jockey George Woolf and Ligaroti by Noel Richardson. In front of a record crowd that helped make the fledgling Del Mar race track a success,

Seabiscuit won an exciting battle by a nose. By 1940, Del Mar became the summer playground for many Hollywood stars. Today it is our play ground so lets get to playing. In 1946 Santa Fe Railroad began offering a racetrack special bringing spectators, bettors and horses to Del Mar from Los Angeles. That`s our mode of transportation.

Del Mar

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Destinations (Sites On The Web)

2008-02-06

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A blog (short for web log) is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.

Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic.

The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of most early blogs.

Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.

The term "blog" is a portmanteau, or, in other words, a blend of the words web and log (Web log). "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

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Did You Know

2011-04-15

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Visit Did You Know on the web for other goodies! When we run across something interesting (usually by emails from family and friends ) we add them to this sub-site of our web ... The world is fascinating even to us old folks... What do you think? Sometimes one just says " Wow! ". Please enjoy.

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Dining Out (Favorite Places)

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Sue is an outstanding cook and since she is vegetarian (allergic to meat, fish, and chicken) and Paul is mostly vegetarian, eating at home is simpler and generally better. Checkout our cooking website.


However, we do enjoy going out to places that have quality food, good value, good service, and flexible to support our vegetarian needs!

Vegetarianism is a conscious way of eating, and involves the practice of following a diet which includes fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products or eggs. A vegetarian does not eat meat, including game, poultry, fish, crustacea and shellfish.

An ovo-lacto vegetarian (or lacto-ovo vegetarian) is a vegetarian who does not eat animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products. The terminology stems from the Latin lacto meaning "milk", ovo meaning "egg", and the English term vegetarian (see Etymology of vegetarianism for the etymology of "vegetarian"), so as giving the definition of a vegetarian diet containing milk and eggs.

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Disneyland

2007-01-01

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We go to Disneyland all the time at least once a month. Disneyland is only 1o miles due east of us so it it an easy trip. Paul was there on opening day which was over 60 years ago.

(Sue was only four years old) and Paul & Sue were there 50 years later!

When Sue got cancer, we decided to celebrate every year free of cancer at Disneyland (we call it " Lifeday ") and we have been doing it since 1998.

Sue has been going to Disneyland on Christmas Eve since 1963 and has not missed a single time even when we were recovering from a major back surgery. This year will be 53 years.

Disneyland

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Duda Family

2000-01-01

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This site contains just a few of the pictures we have of us and the Duda Family.

Robin and Paul began working with each other in 1986 and spent every day together at work for the next 22+ years!

Robin (and Bob) became an integral part of our lives and her marriage and arrival of Nick just made everything better! Please meet the Duda's... Also, search for Robin as she is all over our site!

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Easter

2000-01-01

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Come celebrate Easter with us. We are church-going religious family and have been for many years now. We do not push our beliefs on others but enjoy our faith as something special.

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Elks Lodge

2008-03-02

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Mission - To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.

In our local area we have several Elks Lodges but we frequent the San Pedro Elks, Santa Ana Elks, Huntington Beach Elks, and Newport Elks. We have met such nice friends there and totally enjoy of visits and participation.

Elks

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Family

2000-02-03

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Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

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Farmers Markets

2007-01-01

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Farmers' markets, sometimes called greenmarkets, are markets, usually held out-of-doors, in public spaces, where farmers can sell their produce to the public. Products at farmers' markets are renowned for being locally-grown and very fresh. Proponents of farmers' markets reason that since locally-grown produce does not travel as far to get to your table, the difference in mileage saves fossil fuels, allows farmers to pick produce at the peak of flavor, and preserves the nutritional content of fresh produce.

Farmers' markets often feature produce that is grown naturally or organically, meats that are raised humanely on pasture, handmade farmstead cheeses, eggs and poultry from free-range fowl, as well as heirloom produce and heritage breeds of meat and fowl.

Farmers' markets advocates believe the markets help farmers stay in business as well as preserve natural resources. Wholesale prices farmers get for their produce are very low, often near the cost of production. Farmers who sell direct to the public without going through a middle man get a better price for their produce. It can be shown that the preservation of farmland is important for the health of the environment and water supply. Sustainably-managed farms conserve soil and clean water in our communities and provide a habitat for wildlife, according to the American Farmland Trust.

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Father`s Day

2003-02-13

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In the United States, the first modern Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton, who is believed to have suggested the service to the pastor, is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after the deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah the prior December. This explosion killed 361 men, many of them fathers and recent immigrants to the United States from Italy.

Sue's father, Frank Goss was born in 1929 and passed at a young age of 46 in 1978. He was a Korean War veteran and an all around great guy!

Paul's father, Paul William Liles, was born in 1906 in Arkansas and passed at the age of 64 in 1070.

Quite an age difference but remember Paul's folks were married almost twenty years before Paul hit the scene. Paul's dad ws old enough to be Frank;s father... Wow!

Now the game has changed... We are looking down the family tree insyead of up the family tree.

Paul David is a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather!

Joseph Raymond Liles is the father of Alex and Charlie.

Zachary Lind is the father of Lilly.

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Friends (General)

2008-01-01

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We began building this site in 2008 as our ring of friendship seemed to settle down and we joined "The Gang". Our friends are dear to our hearts and make life wonderful!

You will find our friends all over our website but events that involve several friends are usually grouped withnin these pages.

Friends will welcome each other's company and exhibit loyalty towards each other, often to the point of altruism. Their tastes will usually be similar and may converge, and they will share enjoyable activities. They will also engage in mutually helping behavior, such as exchange of advice and the sharing of hardship. A friend is someone who may often demonstrate reciprocating and reflective behaviors.

We have separated activities with friends into years so events are easier to find.


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Friends 2008

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2008 (MMIVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter D), the 2008th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 9th year of the 3rd millennium, the 9th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2000s decade.


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Friends 2009

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2008 (MMIVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter D), the 2008th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 9th year of the 3rd millennium, the 9th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2000s decade.


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Friends 2010

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As we mature (a term nicer than saying "older") we enjoy or friendships so very much. Family is great but sharing with people your own age and laughing at ourselves makes us feel young. Please enjoy some of our adventures... Others a spread out all over this website.

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Friends 2011

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As we mature (a term nicer than saying "older") we enjoy or friendships so very much. Family is great but sharing with people your own age and laughing at ourselves makes us feel young. Please enjoy some of our adventures... Others a spread out all over this website.

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Friends 2012

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As we mature (a term nicer than saying "older") we enjoy or friendships so very much. Family is great but sharing with people your own age and laughing at ourselves makes us feel young. Please enjoy some of our adventures... Others a spread out all over this website.


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Friends 2013

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As we mature (a term nicer than saying "older") we enjoy or friendships so very much. Family is great but sharing with people your own age and laughing at ourselves makes us feel young. Please enjoy some of our adventures... Others a spread out all over this website.


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Friends 2014

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Fun with friends

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Friends 2015

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2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter E), the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade.

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Friends Vacations

2010-01-01

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Many of our friends goon vacations and we like to prepare a travelog from their pictures. Why? Several reasons:

1) It is a nice way for the people to share their experiences with friends.

2) Preparing a travelog from other peoples activities is like solving a puzzle. It is often a real challenge but we have developed some tools and processes that help us along with the puzzle solving activity. Plus....

3) We all learn a lot!

Friendship is co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more people. In this sense, the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, and affection and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis.

Please enjoy!

Friends Vacations Homepage

Donna and Bob Do The Mediterrean (2010)

Mary Goes Through The Panama Canal (2011)

Mary Does Spain, Italy, Portugal (20120)

Burns Do Southeast, Asia (2012)

Donna and Bob Do Greece (2014)

Kathy Goes To Mount Rushmore (2015)

Kathy Goes To Devils Tower (2015)

Bob & Sandy Go Motorhoming (2015)

Bob & Sandy Go Motorhoming To Arizona And Nevada (2016)

The Thedens Go To Europe (2016)

Visiting Door County Wisconsin (2016)

Janice Goes To Africa (2016)

Janice Goes To Antarctica (2016)

Cyndy Does Germany (2017)

Hans Bombs Arizona (2017)

Janice Tours Europe (2017)

Lisa & Luisa Go To Ireland(2017) (WIP)
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Fun Things (Silly)

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Gardening

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Sue is a vegetarian due to allergies so we began vegetable planting and harvesting almost thirty years ago.

Gardening means different things to different people. Thousands view gardening as a hobby, a relaxing escape from the pressures of an urban environment.

Gardening

For us, the food produced may be almost secondary. Growing fresh vegetables, herbs, or fruits provides a great sense of joy and accomplishment.

And we get a chance to giggle at the Chartier`s in Connecticut where the ground at Easter time is just beginning to thaw out!

Working in the dirt is relaxing! Before we retired, coming home and taking out the hostilities by pulling the weeds was great.

Now, post retirement, we can get up in the morning, stroll the garden, and discover they new growth, new buds forming and enjoy watching the garden grow!

What do we do with the vegetables....duh! We cook them! See Sue at work in the kitchen taking the results of our efforts and making magic! If you have not had fresh Swiss chard, broccoli, or cauliflower.... you haven`t lived!



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God Bless America

2007-04-02

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Some call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag - the Flag of the United States of America. There has been something that has been bothering me, so I thought that I might talk it over with you here today.
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Golf (Our Hobb)

2012-03-15

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We Took Up Golf In 2006

Yep! We did it, took up golf and are having a ball (he he). We play at the Navy Golf Course in Los Alamitos and just busted 100 after a few (12) months of work.

We play three-four times a week now that we are retired. We joined the Old Ranch Country Club which is only 2.4 miles from our front door. We still played Navy once in a while with Jon, our oldest grandson.

We also practice two days a week at the range and take instruction for our Pro at the local El Dorado course... every little bit helps!

Now we go on vacations to play golf. Check out Hawaii and Mexico and even Catalina and Carmel Valley.

Golf

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Griffith Observatory

2011-11-13

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Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles, California, United States. Sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A.`s Griffith Park, it commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction that features an extensive array of space- and science-related displays.

Griffith Obervatory

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Growing Old

2016-05-01

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Gee! I an over seventy years old! What does it feel like? Well, first of all I do not feel 70 which is difficult to say since I am!

Growing Old

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Growing Old

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What happened? All of a sudden I am 72! Eek1
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Halloween

1999-09-01

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We love Halloween!


Halloween, is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, costume parties, viewing horror films, visiting `haunted houses`, and participating in traditional autumn activities such as hayrides (which may have `haunted` themes).

Halloween originated under the name of Samhain as a Pagan festival among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries have embraced the holiday as a part of American pop culture in the late twentieth century.

Halloween is now celebrated in parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and sometimes in Australia and New Zealand. In recent years, the holiday has also been celebrated in parts of Western Europe.

For us, it is family!
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Health

2009-06-06

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As we began to age, we got interested in doing the healthy things so we quite smoking and started exercising. These pages have some of our thoughts about health
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Hitting The Road

2008-01-01

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We enjoy driving and when we get a chance we are off and running. These pages deal with "extended" trips... More that three days.
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Hobbies

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We retired and thought we would have a bunch of hobbies.... Well, not so much! We dance, vegetable garden, and play golf plus go to the theater but that fills up most of our time
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Home

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Welcome to our little place on the web. This site contains several thousand pages about of family and our friends. It is a means to shared out activities and remember them as we proceed through life.

We use this site to share with our four dance clubs as well as keep track of holiday events over the years.

It is not much use to anyone else than friends and family but we have fun with it!
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Huntington

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We love the Huntington Library. The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

To the north of the Scott Galleries sits the Botanical Education Center, featuring the Helen and Peter Bing Children's Garden, the Teaching Greenhouse, and The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. The Conservatory provides children and families with exhibits designed to capture the imagination, engage the senses, and teach some of the fundamentals of botany. The Children's Garden is most suitable for kids ages 2-7; the Conservatory is designed for middle-school-age students.
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A collection of manuals and support information for our things around the house.
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Inspiration

2004-01-01

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Definition: noun: inspiration

1. 
the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative."Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration"

2. synonyms: creativity, inventiveness, innovation, ingenuity, genius, imagination, originality; artistry, insight, vision; finesse, flair "his work lacks inspiration"







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July 4th

2001-07-04

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We love July 4th and celebrate it with friends and family! Every year we try and get family and friends together to celebrate the birthday of this wonderful country!
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Kensington Road

1999-01-01

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We live is a bedroom community called Rossmoor.

Rossmoor is an affluent planned census-designated place located in Orange County, California. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a total population of 10,244, down from 10,298 at the 2000 census.

Rossmoor

The gated Leisure World retirement community in the city of Seal Beach is to the south of Rossmoor, Los Alamitos is to the east and north, and Long Beach is to the west (on the other side of the San Gabriel River, the 605 freeway and the border with Los Angeles County).

We love it for many reasons one being it is adjacent to the 91, 105, 22, 605 and 405 Freeways!

Rossmoor


The community of Rossmoor has two shopping centers within its boundaries, but only one, the Rossmoor Village Square, is now within the political boundaries of the Rossmoor Community Services District.

A larger shopping center, the Rossmoor Business Center, has been remodeled and renamed the Shops at Rossmoor; it was annexed, despite many protests, by the City of Seal Beach in 1967.

The Rossmoor community was developed from 1955 through 1961 by Ross W. Cortese, who had earlier developed the architecturally-significant Lakewood Rancho Estates in Long Beach (1953) and the Frematic Homes (1954) in Anaheim, just north and west of Disneyland.

Cortese`s original partners in securing the first large parcels of land that would become Rossmoor included California governor Goodwin Knight and Judge Alfred Gittelson, who had also partnered with him in the Lakewood Rancho Estates and the Frematic homes. (It was Gittelson who later agreed to annex his Rossmoor Shopping Center property to Seal Beach in the 1960s.)

After Rossmoor, Cortese would construct the first of his very successful Leisure World gated retirement community in that part of Seal Beach which is immediately south of Rossmoor.

The Rossmoor community is easy to recognize because of its red brick "signature wall" that borders the entire unincorporated community. It is a signature of the Rossmoor community that differentiates it from neighboring cities Los Alamitos and Seal Beach.

There are 3,430 single family homes, 1 apartment complex (Rossmoor Manor), and 1 town house complex (Rossmoor Town Houses) within Rossmoor.
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Lane Victory

2008-08-20

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FDR 1943: "The men of our American Merchant Marine have pushed through despite the perils of the submarine, the dive bomber and the surface raider. They have returned voluntarily to their jobs at sea again and again, because they realized that the life-lines to our battle fronts would be broken if they did not carry out their vital part in this global war. . . In their hands, our vital supply lines are expanding. Their skill and determination will keep open the highway to victory and unconditional surrender.?

She began her first wartime journey on June 27, 1945, in the closing stages of World War II. She delivered munitions, loaded in Port Hueneme, California to Admiralty Island in the Pacific. She went on to serve with distinction in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

During the Korean War, Lane Victory`s moment of glory came in December 1950, during the evacuation of Korean civilians and United Nations personnel from Wonsan.

As the cruiser Saint Paul and destroyers laid down a covering fire, Lane Victory offloaded troops, vehicles and cargo. She then evacuated 7,010 men, women and children, taking them south to safety. When they arrived, 7,011 got off the ship....a baby had been born during the voyage.

In September 1966, Lane Victory joined the Vietnam War effort. She was returned to the Ready Reserve Fleet in 1970. In 1982, the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II commenced efforts to acquire her. Their objective was twofold: to have her serve as a living memorial to the men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy Armed Guard; and to operate her as a working museum dedicated to the maritime trades. She was towed from San Francisco to San Pedro in June 1989.
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Lyon Air Museum

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An amazing museum adjacent to the John Wayne Airport.

Founded by Major General William Lyon, Lyon Air Museum is located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Lyon Air Museum is collocated with Martin Aviation, an award winning jet, turbo-prop and piston-powered aircraft repair facility established in 1923 by famed aviation pioneer Eddie Martin.

The Lyon Air Museum exhibit is comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis on the defining event of the 20th century, World War II. Through captivating and thought provoking exhibits based in historical scholarship, visitors gain a better understanding of the important role the United States plays in shaping world history.
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Memorial Day

2000-01-01

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We are patriots and love to celebrate Memorial Day so we dedicated a small part of our web to the holiday.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles.

People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

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Memories

2002-03-02

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Memory is the process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Encoding allows information from the outside world to be sensed in the form of chemical and physical stimuli. In the first stage the information must be changed so that it may be put into the encoding process. Storage is the second memory stage or process. This entails that information is maintained over short periods of time. Finally the third process is the retrieval of information that has been stored. Such information must be located and returned to the consciousness. Some retrieval attempts may be effortless due to the type of information, and other attempts to remember stored information may be more demanding for various reasons.

We are in our 70's and often look back to softer days with people and things we loved.
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Memory Book

2006-01-01

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As they say, growing older is not for the faint of heart. This site is a place for me to write down memories as they occur (before I forget them).

It's admittedly a random set sort of chronologically arranged.
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Mothers Day

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We miss our mothers and are collecting some of our memories on this site.

Our mother's were quote different. Rita was a college graduate while Georgia finished the 11th grade in Oklahoma. Likely friends? YES INDEED!

We were so happy that they were friends and it made our marriage very special!

Mother's Day is a modern celebration honoring one's mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of the mother church, not motherhood).Despite this, in some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
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Motivation

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Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people's actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one's direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.[1] A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior.
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Motivation

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Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people's actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one's direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.[1] A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior.
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Motivational Posters

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Parodies of motivational posters, generally known as demotivational posters or demotivators have become an Internet meme. One famous motivational poster features a kitten hanging from a tree branch along with the phrase "Hang in There, Baby!"

Time to pick on ourselves as well as our friends.
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Nethercutt Museum

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The J.B. Nethercutt Collection at San Sylmar in Sylmar, California is an outstanding display of dedication and passion for "functional fine art". Beyond the realm of the automobile, the collection houses superb examples of original antique furniture, and a colossal display of automatic and reproducing musical instruments.

The focus here is the automotive collection which spans over 200 cars. Although currently, only 30 incredible cars are displayed at a time. That's the bad news. The good news is a new, larger museum is currently under way and will house the entire collection for viewing.
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New Years

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The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23, although they themselves had no written calendar.

Late March actually is a logical choice for the beginning of a new year. It is the time of year that spring begins and new crops are planted. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.
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Nightlighters

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2017 marks 71 years since The Nightlighters started. The club was formed in the spring of 1946, in West Los Angeles, at the home of Lorraine and Paul Parker. During their black tie dinner party, the Parkers proposed the formation of a ballroom dance club.

The original membership consisted of ten couples who named the group The Nightlighters. They enjoyed formal attire, elegant dinners, and ballroom dancing in an exclusive environment.

The dinner dances were initially held at the Beverly Hills Women`s Club. As charter members invited guests to join, membership grew. Soon they needed larger locations, with dance floors big enough to meet the club`s requirements

The Nightlighter`s tradition has been carried on for the last 71 years with members from all over Southern California attending six black tie dinner dances each year.
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Nixon Presidential Library

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The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. Located in Yorba Linda, California, the library is one of twelve administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. From its original dedication in 1990 until becoming a federal facility on July 11, 2007, the library and museum was operated by a private foundation and was known as the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. The nine acre (36,000 miles) campus is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda, California and incorporates the National Historic Landmarked Richard Nixon Birthplace where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood. The facility is now jointly operated between NARA and the Richard Nixon Foundation.
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Norton Simon Library

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Norton Winfred Simon (February 5, 1907-June 1, 1993), in the United States was a millionaire industrialist and philanthropist based in California. A significant art collector, he is the namesake of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.
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OC Fair

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2003 -- You say toMAYto and I say toMAHto, but any way it's pronounced it's going to be part of the growing excitement that's reflected in the 2003 Orange County Fair theme-Red, Ripe and Rockin'.

This 111th annual Fair will be the first to last 21 days, running from July 11 through Aug. 3 and closing on Mondays. OCF has been a 17-day event since 1992, but growing attendance persuaded the Fair Board to add more days.

That's not the only new element in this year's Fair. Pacific Amphitheatre, closed since 1995, will reopen as avenue for stellar music acts as the Fair continues to upgrade its entertainment offerings with the booking of some of today's most popular performers. All seats are reserved and are being sold through Ticketmaster and at the Fair box office.

The Fair's free concert series will be hosted in the Grandstand Arena. Motorcycle races and Demolition Derby will be featured at the Arena during the Fair's first weekend, and bullriding will be featured there on the final weekend. The 6,500 seats will be filled on a first-come basis.
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Old Ranch Country Club

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Join us at daily "Happy Hour" where friends meet and share. The Old Ranch staff is outstanding making the club a home away from home!

We generally play during the week and it takes about four hours for a round with built in entertainment if you play like us.... We get to visit the ducks, geese, and other assorted wildlife at Old Ranch!

After retirement we began playing golf and joining a country club seemed like a good idea! We did, it was! We enjoy the members, the staff, and leadership at the club and in addition to golf, enjoy the activities and friendships we have struck up. Happy hour is the best!

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We enjoy golf adventures and dancing and just escaping the city and seeing animals and plants . We have had super dancing evenings and even spent the evening looking at the heavens! James Cathy and us play golf about four days a week and enjoy every day we break 100.
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Old Time Radio

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Old-Time Radio (OTR) and the Golden Age of Radio refer to a period of radio programming lasting from the proliferation of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s until television`s replacement of radio as the dominant home entertainment medium in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

During this period, when radio was dominant and the airwaves were filled with a variety of radio formats and genres, people regularly tuned in to their favorite radio programs. In fact, according to a 1947 C. E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners. The end of this period coincided with music radio becoming the dominant radio form and is often marked in the United States by the final CBS broadcasts of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar on September 30, 1962.

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On The Go

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We retired and instead of sitting still, we really began to move. We do our "on the go`s" between golf and dancing and working in the garden.

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Orange County Fair

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A fair is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or fun fair entertainment. Activities at fairs vary widely. Some are important showcases for businessmen in agricultural, pastoral or horticultural districts because they present opportunities to display and demonstrate the latest machinery on the market.

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Fairs are also known by many different names around the world, such as agricultural show, carnival, fete, county or state fair, festival, market and show, etc. Flea markets are sometimes incorporated into a fair.

Off to the fair... The Orange County Fair... Every year we go several times and visit the fair, ride the rides, learn something new and have a great time. Come join us through some previous years pictures. We have been doing this since 1987 and digitally since 2003.
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Our Site

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Paul worked with the internet at work (Rockwell and Boeing) and decided it was a good way to keep up with technology and keep the grey matter sharp so the site was born in 1997. It was small at first and then kind of grew like Topsey!

Today it is about sharing with family and friends and communicating between our various clubs and organizations.

The site now has over 200 `Sub-Sites` with several thousand pages containing mostly family oriented materials.

Paul works on it every morning for an hour or so just to keep up with where the net is going. Challenging ones brain is better than watching the boob tube any day!

Enjoy although it may be a little borining... We have fun!

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The Pageant of Our Lord is a living arts pageant produced by Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Rolling Hills Estates, California. The pageant, started in 1986, presents the life of Christ through living art accompanied with narration, a 60-voice choir, and a full orchestra every year for 17 performances in the weeks leading up to Easter. Since its founding, the show is believed to have been seen by over 160,000 people.

Each year the pageant presents 14 works of art, and over the years the pageant has re-created over 40 art pieces that are stored and rotated through yearly to make the pageant different year after year. Famous works of art recreated in the pageant include Leonardo DaVinci`s The Last Supper and Michelangelo`s Piet which, due to popular demand, are included every year. Music to accompany the art includes famous works such as Handel`s Hallelujah Chorus, Modest Mussorgsky`s The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition, and Martin Luther`s A Mighty Fortress is Our God. The pageant is the creation of over 300 volunteers who help as models, make-up artists, actors, singers, musicians, carpenters, ushers, and technicians.

The pageant was founded by Producer and Music Director Dr. David Halverson and Art Director Rassie Harper who got the idea from Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. The first production featured 6 works of art and man challenges to the founders of the pageant. Today, while Halverson remains the Producer and Music Director, the current Art Director is Brad Hicks. The pageant has gotten coverage from media in the South Bay area as well as internationally for it original presentation of the life of Christ and the depths to which it has stirred audiences.
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Pageant Of The Masters

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The Pageant of the Masters is an annual festival held by the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California.

We have gone since the 1970's and more recently we go every year with "the gang". Vicky obtains the great tickets through her magical powers.

The event is known for its tableaux vivant or "living pictures" in which classical and contemporary works of art are recreated by real people who are made to look nearly identical to the originals through the clever application of costumes, makeup, headdresses, lighting, props, and backdrops. 

The first Festival of Arts occurred in 1932, and the first presentation of the Pageant occurred in 1933. Since then, the two events have been held each summer, apart from a four year interruption caused by World War II.

In 1932, at the first Festival of Arts, artist Lolita Perine had an idea for a living work of art. Convincing residents of Laguna Beach to dress in costume, she seated them behind an oversized frame, recreating well-known works of art. The "Spirit of the Masters Pageant" was formally started the next year by the Festival's organizers and was put on again in 1934, but in those early days was an awfully amateurish operation. 



In 1934, local developer Roy Ropp expressed his dissatisfaction with the poor quality of the production in blunt terms; the Festival's board responded to his frank criticism by placing him in charge of the Pageant. He renamed it the "Pageant of the Masters" and with the assistance of his wife Marie, organized a high-quality and well-received production in the summer of 1935. 



Building upon this initial success, the Ropps continued to refine and improve the Pageant through its 1941 production; then the Festival and Pageant were suspended for four years due to World War II.

Because of increasing personal friction between the Ropps and the Festival's board, Roy Ropp came back only once after the war to direct the Pageant, in 1950. He died in 1974, but today is still remembered as the "Father of the Pageant." 



In 2000, an attempt by the Festival's board to move the Pageant of the Masters out of Laguna Beach was met with widespread resistance. The fiasco was eventually resolved in 2002, when the Festival signed a 40-year lease with the City of Laguna Beach and thereby reaffirmed its commitment to the community.
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The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It was opened in September 1963 as a way of getting from the floor of the Coachella Valley to near the top of San Jacinto Peak and was constructed in rugged Chino Canyon. Before its construction, the only way to the top of the mountain was to hike for several hours from Idyllwild

The eight-and-a-half-minute ride begins at the Valley Station at 2,643 ft (806 m) and passes up North America`s sheerest mountain face through several life zones on its way to the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft (2,596 m) above mean sea level.

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Patriotic Music

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We love patriotic music for the sound and the messages. This site contains some of what we have collected over the years. Please enjoy!
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Patriotism

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We indeed love our country and what is did stand for. We are worried about the direction it is going withe the left-leaning "leadership".

We have collected many pages of thoughts and observations about America to share with people who visit this site.

Please enjoy!
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Paul`s Humor

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Yes... It is a bit weird but it is supposed to be! Anyone who has lived on this planet this long deserves to have a wierd sense of humor!

Humour (in Commonwealth English), or humor (in American English) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.

People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour and be amused, smile or laugh at something funny and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour inducing it to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, whose physical nature makes it accessible to them. By contrast, more sophisticated forms of humour such as satire require an understanding of its social meaning and context, and thus tend to appeal to the mature audience.

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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Founded on June 11, 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen, and his wife Margie, the $40-million Petersen Automotive Museum is owned and operated by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. Previously located within the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the museum is permanently housed in a historic department store originally designed by Welton Becket. The building opened in 1962 as a short-lived U.S. branch of Seibu Department Stores, before operating as an Ohrbach's department store from 1965 to 1986. Six years after Ohrbach's closed, Robert Petersen selected the largely windowless site as an ideal space for a museum, where artifacts could be displayed without harmful exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of direct sunlight.

We have gone for years and especially with our neighbor Dave.

Our most recent visit was part of a trip to LA Farmers market to dine at Monsieur Marcels
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Do you remember "Pin Ups"... They were quite good and not the filth people think a bout today!
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Humor - The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.

Thoughts - The act or process of thinking; cogitation

Funny - Strangely or suspiciously odd; curious or maybe none of the above?????
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Porter Family

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Diane and Pat have two beautiful daughter`s. Hannah and Lisa. Diane is a teacher and Pat works in high tech!

We visit each other at least twice a year and sometimes more. Now that we are retired, hopefully more! It`s about a six-seven hour drive. You will see some of our adventures as the pages unfold.

Hannah and Lisa are excellent students. See their pre-gradutaion from college and high-school pictures April 2013.

Pat turns 60 in 2014.

Hannah is into photography and is a Photoshop Wizard. Lisa plays the bass and it quite musical.

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Reagan Library

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs is the presidential library and final resting place of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Designed by Hugh Stubbins and Associates, the library is located in Simi Valley, California, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Downtown Los Angeles and 15 miles (24 km) west of Chatsworth. The library may be accessed by driving to the Olsen Road exit of State Route 23, which connects to the nearby Ronald Reagan Freeway, State Route 118.

The Reagan Library is the largest of the twelve federally funded presidential libraries. The street address, 40 Presidential Drive, is numbered in honor of Reagan`s place as the 40th President.


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Retirement

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We retired in March of 2007 after 75 years between us a North American Aviation, Rockwell, and then the Boeing Company.

While most people worry about "adjusting to retired life" we fell into it immediately. The next day would be a proper time!

We are so busy these days that I am often tickled by the thought of going back to work to rest (not!).

This little site is a collection of humor and observations about retirement (aka being old). Please

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Roadtrip

2007-01-01

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The world`s first recorded long distance road trip by automobile took place in Germany in August 1888 when Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz, the inventor of the first patented motor car (the Benz Patent-Motorwagen), travelled from Mannheim to Pforzheim (a distance of 106 km (66 mi)) in the third experimental Benz motor car (which had a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)) and back, with her two teenage sons Richard and Eugen, but without the consent and knowledge of her husband.

Her official reason was that she wanted to visit her mother but unofficially she intended to generate publicity for her husband`s invention (which had only been used on short test drives before), which succeeded as the automobile took off greatly afterwards and the Benz`s family business eventually evolved into the present day Mercedes-Benz company.

Our trips are a little less harrowing. We go to see our Aunt Kaye in Stockton and the to San Jose to visit the Porters. We usually accomplish this in a period of three days... Friday up to San Jose, have dinner stay over night and Visit with the Porters`s Saturday evening. Sunday we go to Stockton and head home arriving about 8:00pm or thereabouts.

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Robinson, Kathryn

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Kat Robinson was our cousin and she passed at a ripe old age of 92. We spent the last 25 years of her life with her close by, She traveled with us, celebrated holidays with us and was a good friend. We took care of her for the last several years and want to celebrate her in our own little way on the website.

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We have been going to Roger`s Gardens for years and years, especially around the holiday!
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Romance

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OK, you caught us... We are hopeless romantics so this subsite is a collection of some of the romantic thoughts we have.

Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person often associated with sexual attraction. It is eros rather than agape, philia, or storge.

In the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one`s strong romantic love, or one`s deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically. Historically, the term "romance" originates with the medieval ideal of chivalry as set out in its chivalric romance literature.

Humans have a natural inclination to form bonds with one another through social interactions, be it through verbal communication or nonverbal gestures.

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Rondeliers Dance Club

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The Rondeliers Dance Club meets at the Altadena Country Club and is an "old fashion" dinner and dancing club that has been around since the 1940`s.

We dance six times a year and always,except for July, in formal attire! Enjoy the fun!

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Saint Patricks Day

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Everyone, including us, is Irish on Saint Patrick;s Day. We usually stay home and Sue does the corned beef and cabbage thing for a few people. We usually have Greg and sometimes Irene over for dinner!

We started keeping track of St. Patty`s on-line in 2010 but we have always had some kind of a celebration!

Saint Patrick`s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick`s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, ceilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday`s tradition of alcohol consumption.

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San Diego County Fair

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The fair began in 1880 as an agricultural fair. The location moved from place to place for several years, finally settling on the Del Mar Fairgrounds when it opened in 1936.

In 1954, the fair`s name was changed to the Southern California Exposition and San Diego County Fair. In 1970, this was shortened to the Southern California Exposition. The fair was again renamed in 1984 to the Del Mar Fair, which lasted until 2002 when the name San Diego County Fair was reinstated. It is sometimes still referred to as the "Del Mar Fair" by locals.


From 1936 through 2003 the fair included a beauty pageant. The winner was originally called Queen of the Fair; in 1947 the title was changed to Fairest of the Fair. The winner and her "court of lovelies" were featured at the fair and in public appearances throughout the year. In 2004 the pageant was discontinued due to high costs and legal wrangling over a disqualified entry in 2003. The best known winner of the Fairest of the Fair pageant was the 1958 winner, a La Jolla High School student named Raquel Tejada, better known as actress Raquel Welch.

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San Juan Capistrano

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San Juan Capistrano is a city in southern Orange County, California, located approximately 23 miles (37 km) southeast of Downtown Santa Ana. The current OMB metropolitan designation for San Juan Capistrano and the Orange County Area is "Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA."

The population was 34,593 at the 2010 census, up from 33,826 at the 2000 census. The city was created around Mission San Juan Capistrano, and many of the homes and strip malls resemble the Spanish architecture that compose the building. It is home to the widest variety of homes in Orange County, including those built prior to 1900 in its central district (some being adobes from the 18th century), a number of 10-million-dollar homes in the gated communities of the hills, and working ranches in its foothills.

San Juan Capistrano is probably best known for the annual migration of the cliff swallows that reputedly migrate each year from Argentina to the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Paul can remember going here in 1949 when it took hours and hours... No freeways, tiny roads!

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Santa Barbara Vino Train

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We love the Vino Train. We found out about it in the local newspaper and called them up to try it out! The first trip in 2010 was wonderful and one year we had 100 people go along with us!

The Vino Train consists of one or more VINTAGE railcars dating back to the 1940`s! They get connected with the Amtrak train and we are off!

We leave Union Station early Saturday morning and arrive in Santa Barbara mid-morning after a great breakfast on the train.

We get off in Santa Barbara and have five hours to see the town and visit the sites. Many of us go to the local tasting rooms but some go to museums, the harbor, local vintage hotels, or ride up and down State Street to go shopping!

In the afternoon we head home and have a nice dinner on the train. we pull into Union Station about 7:30 PM

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SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). They had originally considered the idea of building an underwater restaurant. Although this idea was not technically feasible, the concept grew into the idea of a marine zoological park on 22 acres (89,000 m2) along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. With an initial investment of $1.5 million, 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions, and two seawater aquariums, SeaWorld drew more than 400,000 visitors its first year.

In the earliest years, the park was held as a private partnership. In 1968, SeaWorld offered its stock publicly, enabling the company to grow. In 1970, a second SeaWorld park was built — in Aurora, Ohio, near Cleveland. It was followed by a park in Orlando, Florida in 1973, and the largest park, which opened in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (HBJ), owned and operated SeaWorld from 1976 to 1989. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. purchased the SeaWorld parks from HBJ in November 1989. After Anheuser-Busch was acquired by InBev, SeaWorld San Diego and the rest of the company`s theme parks were sold to the Blackstone Group in December 2009, which operates the park through its SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment division.


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Seal Beach Car Show

2004-07-01

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Once a year, the Seal Beach City puts on a show for older model cars. We visit the car show every year and have done so for almost 18 years. We see people we know and take a gander at the cars and people and of course, dogs!


It seems funny now to look at cars that are considered vintage when they were new when Paul was a kid... Am I vintage??

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Seniors Prom

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For twenty years the Seniors Prom has been held to raise money for senior related activities. Hosted by Cox Communications, the Seniors’ Prom is widely known as "The senior event of the year."

The evening welcomes over 1000 seniors from all over Orange County and features the big band music of Johnny Vana’s “Big Band Alumni.” Past Masters of Ceremonies have included celebrity Betty White, Mickey Rooney, Stephanie Edwards, and Art Linkletter. We have been going since we retired and found out about the event.

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Share

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We share everything!

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Sherman Gardens

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The Sherman Library and Gardens (2.2 acres) are botanical gardens located at 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, California. They are open to the public every day but major holidays; an admission fee is charged most days.

Today`s garden began in 1955 when Arnold D. Haskell (1895-1977) bought the Norman`s Nursery property. Mr. Haskell named the Library and Gardens after his mentor and benefactor, M. H. Sherman (1853-1932).
Cactus and succulent garden

The gardens include patios and conservatories, seasonal flower beds, and fountains. Collections range from desert plants to tropical vegetation. The Cactus and Succulent Garden includes a California pepper tree. A tropical conservatory features orchids, heliconias, and gingers. The Rose Garden features roses, the Fern Grotto exhibits mature staghorn ferns, the Japanese Garden includes a bo tree, and the Herb Garden shows a variety of herbs, including chocolate and orange-mint, tri-color and society garlic.

We have been going there since 1988 and enjoy the peaceful setting and wonderful Cafe Jardin restaurant on the premises.

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Signs

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We love signs and they can be really funny.

We collect some of the ones we see to share with our friends.

Buttons and button-like objects used as ornaments rather than fasteners have been discovered in the ancient Indus Valley during its Kot Dijy phase (circa 2800-2600 BC) and Bronze Age sites in China (circa 2000-1500 BC), and are attested in Ancient Rome.

Functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening or closing clothing appeared first in Germany in the 13th century.

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South Coast Botanical Gardens

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The present garden site was operated as an open pit mine from 1929 until 1956, producing over one million tons of crude diatomite. With declining production, the land was sold in 1957 to the County of Los Angeles for a sanitary landfill, which was in use until 1965.

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We have been members for over 30 years.

We are a social dance club with about 100 members who join together six times a year to enjoy dancing and each others company. Our membership enjoys evening filled with music ranging from the early 1900`s to the Texas Two-Step and more. See some our recent events.

Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

The term "ballroom dancing" is derived from the word ball, which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means "to dance".

In times past, ballroom dancing was "social dancing" for the privileged, leaving "folk dancing" for the lower classes.
These boundaries have since become blurred, and it should be noted even in times long gone, many "ballroom" dances were really elevated folk dances. Consider joining the Starlighters!

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Starlighters Dance Club

2007-11-01

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The club has a long history dating back nearly thirty years and is currently about 60 couples strong made up from other dance clubs who joined forces over the years.

The club exists for the purpose of socializing with friends and enjoying the greatest music ever created and dancing the night away.

Six times a year the members get together for an evening with the venues ranging from the Phoenix Club to private Country Club settings around northern Orange County.

This site provides pictures of our events to our members (and the internet in general) so they can relive the experience, be remembered of new people they might have met, and the check what they wore. It is generally updated within a day of an event.
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Story Time

2008-01-01

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As we visit with friends, certian of their stories just are soooooo funny we collected and repeated them!

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Sue

2001-01-01

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A collection of events around Sue including birthday celebrations.

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Super Bowl

2009-02-05

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New page added every year immediately after the Super Bowl event
This site contains some of the picture we capture while getting together at the annual Old Ranch Super Bowl party! We started taking pictures and capturing the event in 3009 just so we could remember all the fun we had and of course, our family and friends.

We also try to capture the staff as they go about their business making it a special day for everryone.

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Tall Ships

2000-01-01

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We have gone to the Tall Ships in Long Beach Harbor for years and taken an afternoon ride and fought battles and "swashed buckles" with the buccaneers who pilot these vessels. Please join us for the fun.

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Temecula Wine Country

2010-01-25

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We go to Temecula every few months to visit and pick up our wine-club orders, visit and taste at new wineries, and join our friends in an afternoon of kibitizing!

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Thanksgiving

2000-12-01

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Thanksgiving has always been a special time for friends and family to join together and give thanks for the wonderful life we live and the joys we often take for granted.

As we get older this time of year and this holiday take on more meaning. We hope the country turns around and people begin to take responsibility for their own actions and tell the government to get the heck out of out lives.

Keep our military in your prayers.

These men and woman make our country strong and allow our freedoms to endure! God Bless Them Everyone!
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The Duda Family

2000-01-01

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Robin and Paul began working with each other in 1986 and spent every day together at work. Robin became an integral part of our lives and her marriage and arrival of Nick just made everything better! Please meet the Duda`s... Also, search for Robin as she is all over our site!

May 2nd 2002
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Thoughts

2005-01-01

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Paul is fairly opinionated... fairly did I say??? We have included some thoughts, humor, and random thinks that "pop" into Paul`s head. Please enjoy!

I am getting old and loosing patience with the "Me Generation". IF people make bad choices then THEY need to live with it. It is NOT my place to pay their useless way through life. Welfare for the truly needed is OK for a short time but giving away my hard earned money to people who do NOT want to work, who live in the slums like cockroaches and contribute nothing to society need to get busy or starve! Life is tough!

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Tomatofest

2006-01-01

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Sue saw an advertisement in Sunset Magazine for the Tomato Festival and since we grow so many different types of tomatoes, it was a "must go!".

We did so enjoy the results of our outing! 970 miles of driving was worth it! We take the Toyota or the F-150 and see the sights on the journey never getting in a hurry!

The first year was so much fun we decided to go on a regular basis and plan to for the foreseeable future. Besides, we get to visit Diane and Kaye on our adventure plus play golf!

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Toppers Dance Club

2009-01-01

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The Toppers Dance Club was formed in 1946 in Long Beach and has been in operation ever since.

Toppers Dance Club

We meet and dance nine times a year, usually on a Friday night at the Petroleum Club beginning in September and the last dance is in May. We take the summer off to rest, relax, and get ready for a new season of dancing.

The Long Beach Petroleum Club was founded in 1953 as Long Beach’s premier social club. Although its origins were in the regions oil industry, today, its diverse membership encompasses a broad spectrum of business, professional, charitable, and community organizations, individuals, and families.

Great people just enjoying a delightful dinner, dancing, and company. We are a mix on young and older who enjoy the sounds of dance music provided by several local bands.

Please join us in pictures for some of the dances we have had recently (due to the magic of the Internet and digital cameras).
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Us

2001-02-04

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We used to say "We are just average American`s." but no longer are we sure! Paul was born in 1944 and Sue in 1951. We worked hard, saved our money, lived well below our means and now we play hard, and try to make the world a little better place by our actions!

We enjoy golf, dancing, gardening, and our friends and family! We are constantly busy and only use the TV for entertaining us when we do the treadmill!

Within this site we have over 120 pages of useless information about:

(1) Careers - What did we do from when we started working until we retired?

(2) Health - Some things about our health

(3) Humor - We likes to laugh!

(4) Hymns - We are believers and love our favorite hymns

(5) Memories - We share some of our most vivid memories

(6) Miscellaneous - When something does not fit nicely into a category

(7) Thoughts - We have our thoughts and we will share them... Does not make us right.... Just opinionated!

(8) Comics - Lighting up our life

(9) Us - Snaps of us!

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USS Midway Museum

2009-09-23

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Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America`s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace. Videos tell the story.

The USS Midway Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). It is located next to the train depot so guess what we did?

On our first trip, we took the train from Fullerton and then walked the inside of the ship. After seeing the flight deck we headed for a harbor cruise and then the train home.

Brian and Jan Finch joined us on the second trip where we took the train and dined in Little Italy before going to the Midway to tour the ship.

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Vacations

2002-03-02

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We are retired now so we are on vacation every day! No need to go anywhere... We are permanently vacationing! Yeah!

The words holiday or vacation have related meanings in different English-speaking countries and continents, but will usually refer to one of the following activities or events:

A general leave of absence from a regular occupation for rest or recreation

A specific trip or journey for the purposes of recreation / tourism

Official or unofficial observances of religious/national/cultural/other significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities (public/religious holiday)

We enjoyed our vacations but also enjoy being "On The Go ".

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Valentines Day

2002-01-01

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Who Is Sue? She is my friend, my wife, my lover and the most wonderful person I have ever met! Smart, funny, caring, warm, cute, .....

Who Are We? No one special, just two people going through life trying to do right and spread a little joy.

What makes our love special? Being best friends, lovers, and sharing everything! Makes everyday a new adventure and our home a happy happy place to be!

We work as a team to make life enjoyable whether it be working in the vegetable garden or ballroom dancing or cruising the world!

On this site you will fund snap shits of our St. Valentines Day events and it will contain family and friends.

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Ventura Country Fair

2000-01-01

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So, we wakes up and decide to go to the Ventura County Fair. But alas, traffic is not great! Enter... Amtrak!

However you measure it, NO TRAFFIC!

The Pacific Surfliner provides state-of-the-art service, style and amenities all along the Southern California coast. The Surfliner travels between Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo at the northern-most points on the line, and San Diego in the south.

Onboard the Surfliner you`ll find new bi-level cars featuring large panoramic windows, comfortable, custom-designed interiors, automatic doors for faster boarding, and a modern, spacious Cafe car. Pacific Business Class passengers also enjoy video monitors, and outlets at every seat for laptop computer.

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WA6CJC

2006-01-01

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Paul was first licensed as a Ham Radio operator in 1956 and enjoyed the hobby for many years. Met some great people and will continue to tell stories as time progresses.

Once working at North American, time available for the hobby wained. The license is still good but has not been used in 30 years.

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Water Taxi

2012-01-01

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The Long Beach Water Taxi (Aqualink) makes the rounds in the local bay on a set schedule during the summer months. We were watching it one day from Malarkey`s and Sue says Let`s go take a ride on it!

That`s all it took. We can go to Pine Avenue in Long Beach and dine at a myriad of nice places or we could stop at the pier on the way back and enjoy a cocktail!

We often take friends and go have lunch in Long Beach. We really enjoy George`s Greek Restaurant as the food and ambience is outstanding plus we have got to know his daughter who runs the establishment.

Besides, it is an adventure!


Our friends the shark


Please join the fun adventures.


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Web (Reference)

2001-01-01

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A simple storage location for our reference materials when developing the website... Our memories are getting a little worse for wear!

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Wow

2000-01-01

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Over the years friends and family have sent many pictures they have found on the internet.

We saved some of the more interesting pictures and put them on this site.

We hope there are no copyright infractions and will be happy to remove them if we find out.

Sit back and enjoy some humor and some Wows!!

The Internet has open many doors to open... Some nice and some not so nice. When we see something fascinating we grab it and put it here!

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