We enjoyed a delightful evening with "the gang" at the home of the Finch's! It's so nice to be around special friends and just be yourself, share, laugh, giggle, and of course dine with wine!
We started the evening on the wrap around patio... Spectacular views
The view from the "red pin" is amazing...
270 degree view of the hills and valleys
Did You Know? - Richard Carleton Sirrine built this house for his kids when he owned the surrounding property. Richard was born in Port Henry, N.Y., Dec. 21, 1918.
He grew up in Port Henry and graduated from Port Henry High School. He entered the Signal Corp. on Oct. 3, 1940. On Jan. 4, 1946, he was honorably discharged as master sergeant, communications technician. He attended the Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelors of science and a masters of science in Physics.
On July 22, 1943, Richard married Eleanor Virtine Fadden. On Nov. 24, 1950, they had a daughter, Jessica. During that time, he earned a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
He was one of the first graduate students to work in John Bardeen's semi-conductor laboratory. Since that time, his career path included positions with Sylvania, General Electric, Motorola and in 1962, the Lincoln Laboratory (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Richard was also an inventor. He had two patents for semi-conductors and transistors. His professional achievements include involvement in the growth of the semiconductor industry and integrated circuit technology.
In 1970, he became one of the officers of a new company, Western Digital Corporation originally called General Digital Corporation in Orange County, Calif.
After retirement, Richard and Eleanor traveled the world. They lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico to learn Spanish; a suburb of France to learn French and Brazil to learn Portuguese.
Champagne and a fantastic view... Life is good
It was a little cool outside but the champagne kept us warm
More to celebrate.... Kerstin got her passport
Looking toward Big Bear
The ocean is only 20 miles away.... Newport in the distance
OMG... The moon is coming up! 5:07 PM and a Full Moon
No chance to set up the camera....
Ghislaine and Irene polish off the champagne
Quotation To Remember: "A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." ― Elbert Hubbard
Ed and Del are up to something?
Greg and Vicky catching up
Leon has his eye on the cake
Sue and Wally found a great spot... Close to the food and the wine!
Quotation To Remember: "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate." ― Linda Grayson
Marcia and Leon
Eyes on the cake!
What??? A pink C-130??
Did You Know? - Desert Pink or "Mountbatten Pink" was used on several aircraft. Reducing reflected light and making aircraft less visible from a distance, a number of RAF aircraft were painted Desert Pink (or similar tones) during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The paint used was washable, so it could be easily removed.
Ghislaine and Jan
Marcia and Sue found the perfect place to sit
The moon was up and beautiful from the living room...
Who needs a TV when you have this view?
Greg is doing his visiting with everyone
Brian points out the salient points of his work
See proud Brian in the reflection?
The original sketch is behind Ed
Work of love... Lots of hours of labor in such artwork
Quotation To Remember: "It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." ― Marlene Dietrich
The sketch is fantastic on it's own
A previous painting done by Brian
This kind of talent is amazing to us who can't draw a straight line
Germany, France, and England are well represented
The kitchen is the meeting area at most parties
Quotation To Remember: "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light." ― Helen Keller
The ham has arrived... Brian barbecued the ham! Delicious
Quotation To Remember: "Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary." ― Amos Bronson Alcott
Hans and his 190 proof cake.... Beware of open flames
Kathy has the giggles
"Hey.... My glass is going empty"
The star of the party! Yeah Jan!!
Friends never run out of things to talk about
Leon holds up the wall
"I am helping!"
Did You Know? -
The term cottage pie or shepherds pie is known to have been in use in 1791, when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers).
In early cookery books, the dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.
The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until 1877, and since then it has been used synonymously with "cottage pie", regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton.
The ham is about to be ravaged
Paul's camera is at the ready
The buzzards are circling
Quotation To Remember: "Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over."― Gloria Naylor
Ed uses his karate knowledge to attack the ham
Del looks a little worried
Don't ask... Please don't tell
"I am about to be overt! Are you ready?"
"Cake... You are mine!"
"OMG... This cake is full of alcohol!"
"Gee... I think I like that cake!"
The meringue cake was wonderful
"Chief Cake Cutter In Charge"
Time to dance!
Now it is time to drink!
Quotation To Remember: "No friendship is an accident. " ― O. Henry,
Dancing is busting out all over
Paul, Marcia, and Sue
Now I know what teens mean when they say "We're just hanging"
Good friends... good times