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"Beggars In Spain"
by Nancy Kress



Sunday, 23 September, 2007

It was quite the festive birthday weekend. We both took Friday off and drove down to the shore as soon as Gary was off call. We brought down the TWO lovely bouquets of flowers I received on Thursday - one from Gary and one from Mom and Dad.

Mom and Dad's flowers

Gary's flowers

About an hour after we got down, there was a knock on the door, and yet another bouquet of flowers arrived. They were also from Gary, who said, "You should have flowers on your birthday." I pointed out that he had already sent flowers to my office. "But you got them yesterday, not on your birthday." What a guy.

And more flowers!

We hung out, read, walked on the beach and had a nice relaxing day. We went to dinner at "Peregrin's" at the Hilton Casino - very nice. I had escargots and filet medallions and Gary had a nice big portion of foie gras and the duck. Then we shared a terrific chocolate souffle - delicious. It was the first time I've eaten at any of the restarants in the casinos - normally we go to a couple of favorite places in Margate and Ventnor - so it was nice to try something different.

On Saturday after lunch we drove up to Beach Haven, a seaside resort town on Long Beach Island, about an hour north of our shore place. Gary was entered in a triathlon early Sunday morning, so we got a room at a motel up there rather than getting up at 4:00 a.m. to drive up on Sunday. We brought our cooler, filled with the bouquets of flowers - Gary said that people were going to think we just got married. (I told him we did!) The motel was no great shakes, but we had lunch out near the pool and then sat out and read and napped until about 5:00. We had dinner at a place overlooking the bay - my flounder was OK, but Gary's Crab Imperial was pretty lousy. Oh well - live and learn.

Back at the hotel, we watched the USC-Washington State game, until the 4th quarter when the station randomly decided to show us the Iowa-Wisconsin game instead. Oh well. I see that USC won anyway - yay!

We were down at the venue by 6:00 and I got to do the easy part - I drank coffee and clapped while Gary swam-biked-ran for 1 hour and 35 minutes. After we went back to the hotel and showered and changed, we stopped for breakfast before driving home. The kitty was, of course, glad to see us, and the three of us watched the Eagles-Lions game. Although it took me a while to realize who was playing since the Eagles had foregone their deep green/black/silver colors in favor of their throwback 75th anniversary jerseys.


No, really.

Our team looks like we picked them up at IKEA.

Actually, they looked a lot like this. I can only imagine what the players said when they saw the new duds.

That said, our Yellow and Baby Blue Birds dismantled the Lions 56-21, so as far as I'm concerned, they can keep wearing the dorky uniforms and we'll just buy all new logo gear.

[Go Eagles!]


[Only, well, something like 2,300 more needed for our Wine Cellar Wall, since my wonderful Cousin Jody and the terrific staff at Bennett's Bistro on Mercer Island have contributed another 1,200 or so corks to the production! Thank you!]

Quote du jour:

"A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him."

Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895) US lecturer, author

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