Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Reading Is FUNdamental
This is the second of Kate Mosse's trilogy of mystical life in France's Midi-Pyrennes region that I have read this Summer.
It was a good read and I look forward to reading the final book in her Languedoc trilogy, Sepulchre sometime soon.
Unfortunately, I will not have read these books in their sequential order. The correct order would have been to read Labyrinth first, then Sepulchre and finish with Citadel.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Sunday was a bit more hectic than usual due to a snafu at the end of our Manzanillo trip.
We were scheduled to leave Manzanillo at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday for a short flight on AeroMexico to Mexico City where we would have a 75 minute layover before boarding an Air Tran flight to Santa Ana's John Wayne Airport.
We were smoothly going through our check-in process until our AeroMexico agent very apologetically informed us that our flight would be at least one hour late.
Of course, this meant that we would miss our connection in Mexico City. The people at AeroMexico were great in securing us a spot on a 4:00 p.m. Alaska Air flight to Los Angeles with all of our friends.
Since they had all flown out of LAX, it was easy enough to hitch a ride back to the Camarillo with the FitzGeralds.
The problem was that our car was still in Santa Ana.
Thus on Sunday I boarded a train in Camarillo at 7:18 a.m. for the three hour ride to Santa Ana. My sister-in-law Gayle, who lives nearby, picked me up at the train station and graciously gave me a ride to the airport.
From there I was off to my Mother's house for a visit. Guess who I found there?
"Oh God, more paparazzi!"
It was none other than young Jacob Contreras.
"Feed Me, SVP"
Vanessa, our niece Lauren and her
newborn Max were in the house too!
Our son Mike, my sisters Linda
and Marilyn, Lauren and Max
After visiting for a few hours, I was off to Cal State University-Northridge to pick up our friend from Lyon, Lucie Damboise.
She has been living in the San Fernando Valley with first our friends the Sabolics and more recently in the dorms at CSUN while she studies American culture and the English language. She will spend her last two weeks in California living with us in Camarillo.
Lucie with her two Brazilian friends
Suzani and Julianna
They are also CSUN students that she met through her university program.
After picking her up, we drove directly to a 70th birthday party in Camarillo at Yolanda's Mexican Food Restaurant.
Rod, Jason and Scott Fujita
Can you guess which one was celebrating their birthday?
Lucie and Laurie
Lucie is now safe and sound in Casa Contreras.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
After our niece Amy's wedding last weekend we flew down to Manzanillo for what promised to be a very fun week by Mexico's Pacific Ocean coast.
Manzanillo is a funny sounding word so I looked it up in the dictionary. It comes from two ancient tribal words as it turns out.
The first part of this wonderful seaside resort city's name comes from the word Aztec "Manxa" meaning "125% humidity."
The last part of its name is from an even more ancient language. "Neyo" is Mayan for "hotter than the face of the Sun."
They knew well of what they spoke.
We arrived via Mexico City
late Sunday afternoon
Our resort home in La Punta
With a nice view of the bay too
We simply settled in that night before getting ready to play an early round of golf at the Las Hadas Golf Course . . .
A VERY early round of golf!
We had lots of spectators
One of my numerous bad lies
Notice the pin which is protected by a bunker in the background . . . wonderful
The Las Hadas' 18th Hole
The Pacific Ocean serves as a nice water hazard. Our foursome put our first seven drives into the water. Our eighth shot, in a best ball format, landed in the sand trap in front of the golf cart seen here.
We were all ECSTATIC!!!
After an amazing day of true golf mastery worthy of the PGA tour, we retired to our La Punta home base.
A park across the way
Our pool/patio area
A good place to read and relax
The Dining Area
Our INCREDIBLE Staff
GREAT Chile Rellenos
Seen on our post dinner constitutional
Tuesday at a private beach
World Championship Uno Tournament
Who are all of these people?
Seen here with me, left to right, are Mariana Mezic, Courtney Kelly and Connor "Shifty" Kelly.
We were staying with adults as well.
Kerry and Mike Kelly
Adriana and Igor Mezic
Brian and Koreen FitzGerald
Another day, another beach. This time it was a public beach.
There is actually a man selling these
priceless items in there somewhere
Selling her wares atop her head
Shifty got a tattoo
Koreen and Laurie discussed
Mariana, Adriana and Ivana Mezic
In the evening we opted for a Sunset Harbor Cruise.
Our skipper was none other than . . .
Captain Jack Sparrow!!!
We saw the rugged coastline
Preparing absolutely fresh ceviche
How fresh you ask?
It was made from fish that Brian caught about ten minutes earlier and was it ever so tasty!
Laurie gave it a shot . . .
. . . and landed the evening's biggest
The Skip Jack is a member of the tuna family.
Ebb and Flow
Pray to the BVM as you ship out
A Golden Sunset
Or perhaps you prefer a . . .
. . . Red Sunset
Adriana and Laurie were shipmates
Laurie caught another one
GOD HELP US!!!
From the Dining Hall
Laurie took this shot of the troops
An Italian Dinner in the Las Hadas Resort
Mike wearing a halo after breaking
his neck in a brutal surfing accident
earlier in the day
Celebrating Ivana's (Ivy) 15th Birthday
"On three, everybody take a photo"
Brian can be such a kill joy.
My hair grows quickly in this humidity
The Kelly Kids
Night at the Las Hadas Harbor
A neighbor's home
A bit of a Moorish flavor
The FitzGerald's room's ceiling
Back to the private beach
Life under a palapa
Auditioning for a Corona commercial
A second Birthday Cake for Ivy
Swing it Ivy!!!
A peaceful View
What a GREAT week in Manzanillo!
Back to life.
Back to reality.