Saturday, January 30, 2016

Life in Camarillo Continues to be Sleepy

It has been quite some time since I've posted, mostly because we have been in "tranquil mode" with much of our time being taken up with babysitting duties for Jacob and Mary.

A night at the Conejo Players Theatre 

We have come to really enjoy a night out at one of the many small theater groups scattered throughout Ventura County. 

On Friday night we were joined by Mike and Vanessa for a dinner-date with one of our all-time favorite characters, Sherlock Holmes. 

Our dinner at Bandits BBQ Bar & Grill was delicious but, unfortunately, the play was just not up to snuff. While the actresses in the play did an overall good job, the same could not be said about any of the male actors.

This will not deter us from future plays as it was the only sub-standard one we have attended in the last few years.

Reading Is FUNdamental

If you are at all interested into History and are planning a trip to Barcelona anytime soon, then this book about the Spanish Civil War in the city is for you!

It is the long awaited book written by Barcelona's Spanish Civil War tour guide Nick Lloyd. We have been on his tour twice and he is ever so passionate, thorough and detailed in his presentations.

So is his book.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Holiday Bowl in San Diego and a Trip to Las Vegas

Going into the New Year's Day weekend, Mike and I decided to drive down to San Diego while Laurie opted to fly to Las Vegas to be with Andy, Jenn and Kevin.

Why San Diego you ask?

For the Thirty-Eighth Annual Holiday Bowl

It would be a 9-3 Wisconsin Badgers squad from the Big-10 playing against the USC Trojans of the PAC-12 who checked in at 8-5 on the season.

We got to San Diego early in the morning so we had a lot of time to kill before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Old Town San Diego . . .
a perfect spot to greet the morning Sun!

Old Town had a church!

Not too fancy inside

They also had a great Mexican restaurant with a bevy of tortilla making beauties on hand!!!

Soon to be the LOS ANGELES Chargers???

The festive lobby at our
Courtyard by Marriott hotel

The hotel had some nice maps too

Loved their old-school letter chute

Dome of the Balboa Theater in
San Diego's Gaslamp District

Good sized crowd at the old ballpark

We had a good time tailgating with the Wrout family and the extended Abellera tribes before the game.

Wisconsin in the red on offense

Mike and I enjoying the game

It was a good game with Wisconsin eking out a 23-21 victory.

The next morning Mike boarded the train back to Oxnard so that I could drive directly from San Diego to Las Vegas to join Laurie at Jenn, Andy and Kevin's new home.

It was a great New Year's weekend visit with them as we just enjoyed the warmth of their new house and of being with family watching a LOT of football games on TV.

Of course, being with grandson Kevin was THE highlight of the weekend!

Good times INDEED!!!

Reading Is FUNdamental

It is 1895, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his side-kick Oscar Wilde are scouring foggy London in search of a robotic, zombie-like assassin, what's NOT to like?