Friday, July 29, 2016
A Busy, Warm Month of July
July 10-28, 2016:
The last few weeks in SoCal have been HOT so we have visited Carpinteria, a.k.a., "The World's Safest Beach," on more than one occasion.
Yes, those are Viking ships waiting to raid the California coast sometime soon.
Carpinteria has everything that we need to escape the heat and it is only a 30 minute drive up the coast from Casa Contreras.
We were invited to join our friend Helen Fujita for the Los Angeles premier of the movie "Gleason."
It was a first for Laurie and I. Helen's son Scott is a former NFL player (11 seasons with Kansas City, Dallas, New Orleans and Cleveland) who was a Producer of the film and a close friend of the documentary's subject, ex-New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason who is courageously battling Lou Gehrig's disease.
The Premier Theater at L.A. Live
After all, it is Southern California.
An unknown, to me, starlet
on the Red Carpet
As usual, we avoided the paparazzi.
The tall man standing behind him is Scott Fujita.
The guy in the sun glasses next to Scott is some guy named Matthew McConaughey.
I gathered that he is famous.
The film opens nation-wide today
It is a powerful, thought provoking and emotional roller coaster of a film.
It is also a must see film.
Scott and Helen
with poor back lighting
Post Screening Party
We had passes.
I gather that we must be famous too.
The Post Screening Party was being held at Wolfgang Puck's Restaurant on the 24th floor of a nearby hotel building.
Laurie and Helen
Because I was the Designated Driver, they were boozing it up on the Producer's tab.
FLAG FOOTBALL GAME
Debi Murphy's Grandson Dylan
in Hot Pursuit
We watched him play in his Summer League game and he is really good. He scored two offensive TDs and also had two defensive scores on Pick-Sixes.
On behalf of the Washington Huskies, I offered him a scholarship on the spot.
July 17th was our 45th
We celebrated with breakfast at a
great French bistro, Chocolatine,
in Thousand Oaks
FAMILY REUNION FOR
MARY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY
Our Granddaughter Mary celebrated her first birthday on July 23rd so Jenn, Andy and Kevin came into town from Las Vegas.
Andy, Kevin, Michael and Jacob
Let the games begin!!!
Michael trying to enforce the
Laws of the Land
Rally Racing practice
during a breakfast at Cronies
Mary's First Cronies experience
The Birthday Party's theme
was Snow White
She not one but TWO Prince Charmings!
As soon as this photo was taken they were both happy to change into more subdued shirts.
KEEP A CIVIL TONGUE IN
YOUR HEAD YOUNG LADY!
"Please Mommy, PLEASE"
As usual when we all reunite with family and friends, we all had a wonderful time.
BULL FROG BLUES BAND
Lead Singer Chris Pagliaro
We journeyed up to Santa Barbara last Sunday to take in this fun group.
With Chris Pagliaro and
his son Vince
Chris was a long time Head Coach at Newbury Park H.S. before moving on to an Assistant Coach job at Santa Barbara City College.
Vince was the Head Coach and Chris was his assistant with Madrid's Osos Rivas American Football Club in 2001 when the Osos won their only Serie A Spanish National Championship in their 37 year history.
It was Chris's stories about life coaching in EuroBall that helped lead me to my first overseas coaching experience with Sicily's Catania Elephants in 2008.
Speaking of experiences . . .
45 seasons coaching in
California High Schools
Seven seasons coaching in Europe
The newest sign arrived at last!
Reading Is FUNdamental
Interesting but it could have easily
been a pamphlet
GREAT historical read
Some eerie parallels to what is happening in America today.
Jesus, Mary AND Joseph
The beautiful vacation island of Gotland in Sweden may be the scene of the most twisted writers on the face of the Earth.
This is the fifth of Mari Jungstead's mystery novels set on the island that I have read. When I visited this idyllic island while spending a glorious weekend in the medieval, walled city of Visby, I would never have guessed the danger that was constantly surrounding me!