Friday, September 5, 2008

Sicilians Invade Ventura County

Thursday, 5 September, 2008... World famous Italian sports figures Valeria and Peppe arrived in Ventura County.

Valeria, #7, is a high scoring forward playing professional ice hockey for a team in France.

Peppe, #43, is the Elephants Catania starting TE/H Back... great hands, good blocker, part-time pass rusher and a special teams demon!

Cronies Cheeseburger Anyone?

All visiting athletes are required by Ventura County Ordinance #2184.b to eat their first meal in the county at Cronies Sports Grill in Camarillo.

Valeria is also a lawyer in Catania and, knowing the folly of trying to break the law in a no nonsense state like California, advised Peppe to comply with this legalized custom.

Sitting next to Laurie is Koreen FitzGerald and next to me is her husband Brian.

A Light Breakfast at Casa Contreras

For the first time in the 32 years we have lived in our home in Camarillo, we were graced with the presence of an Olympic athlete! Valeria was a member of Italy's 2006 Olympic Ice Hockey team that competed in Turin.

They departed this morning to continue their whirlwind tour of America's west coast. Their first scheduled stop was to go shopping at the Camarillo Premium Outlet Mall. From there it was on to Santa Barbara for sightseeing.

Brian and Koreen FitzGerald, in the Cronies picture above, are two very generous people indeed! They offered to let Peppe and Valeria stay at their condominium in San Luis Obispo as a nice stopping point on their way to San Francisco.

I think that Peppe and Valeria are having a GREAT time and are really excited about all they have seen and are about to see!

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