Monday, July 22, 2013
A Fourth of July Photo
A late entry that I really like from the camera of Vanessa Contreras.
Over the past two weeks things have been relatively calm in Camarillo. The highlight was a trip to Newport Beach to visit our college chums Loren and Sandy Brucker and their family for a beautiful water weekend.
Jacob was styling!
Jack Brucker, Jacob and Laney Brucker
by tranquil Balboa Bay
Jack and Laney are the Brucker's grandchildren.
Pay no attention to the man buried in the sand by his son.
Madonna and Child
a.k.a., Vanessa and Jacob
After a quiet Friday on the Bay side of the Newport Peninsula, on Saturday we all headed to the Beach!
The Pacific Ocean
Ruby's Restaurant on the Balboa Pier
The Usual Suspects
Sandy, Laurie and Loren
Ryan Brucker holding his daughter Laney
and Mike Contreras
That is Jack frolicking in the surf.
Jacob discovers the illicit beer cup
Jack shepherding Jacob
Mike, Laurie, moi and Jacob
By the end of the day, Jacob had developed a very healthy respect for the power of the Pacific Ocean.
On Sunday, the group opted for a self-guided cruise of Balboa Bay.
But not on a tug boat.
We would rent a craft here
Fun Zone Ferris Wheel
Frozen Banana . . . YUM!!!
Jacob hitching a ride on Papo
Jacob at Sea
"What do you mean can I swim?"
Mike and Ryan
Jack and Jacob
Like Fathers, like sons.
The Legendary Balboa Ferry
Doing it Three Cars at a Time
I like him
Jack jumped ship just before we returned to port to join his cousin Mia on the paddle board.
These were THREE OUTSTANDING DAYS!!!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
With jet lag now firmly in my rear view mirror, let us take a look at what has been happening the last few weeks in the sleepy southwest corner of the USA.
Jacob became FC Barcelona's newest fan
Sarah Gardner and Laurie at our
niece Amy Hicks' Wedding Shower
on June 29th
Cousins and sisters at the Wedding Shower
Laurie Contreras, Gayle Hicks, Amy Hicks, Sarah Gardner, Vanessa Contreras and Lyndsey McKenzie
With Jacob while the ladies were having
a ton of fun at the Wedding Shower
Laurie and I had a ball with that rascal David Lassen at The French Bulldog in Camarillo on June 30th.
Bloody Mary with a Bacon Slice
The French Bulldog makes powerful, heart clogging drinks as it turns out.
California Lutheran University's
production on an outdoor stage of
the Bard's The Tempest was a treat
on June 30th
Jacob on the Fourth of July
at Camarillo's Aquatics Stadium
"Beer me woman!"
Jacob and his proud Poppa, Mike
Concentrating on the proper techniques
of his next dive, the Triple Lindy
Life is GOOD!
Kevin and North Las Vegas
"I'm handsome and I know it!"
A boy and his English bulldog Blitz
July 7th was my 66th Birthday
Papi and Kevin
Kevin and Artie
Fried Chicken Benedict at
Hash House A Go Go in Las Vegas
A healthy breakfast for the long drive home.
I have not owned a car since I left California to coach the Thun Tigers American football team in Switzerland in January of 2012. It was about time to purchase one.
What I wanted
What Laurie let me buy
We got a great deal on a low mileage 2012 Honda Civic LX at the CarMax in Oxnard on Thursday, July 11th.
It matches my T-shirt.
Thursday was also a day of 7-on-7 for our Newbury Park JV football team as we travelled to Moorpark H.S. to play the host Musketeers, the Valencia Vikings and the Camarillo Scorpions.
Offense Lining Up vs. Valencia
Panther QB Erich Wuesthoff
launching a Bomb
CB Kyle Popok in coverage
We played three 40 minute running clock games and saw a ton of improvement from our young team.
We are on the right track!
This weekend we are heading to beautiful Newport Beach, California to visit our college roommates Loren and Sandy Brucker. It bodes to be a fantastic three days indeed!