Friday, May 17, 2024

A Highly Social But Mostly Quiet Week in Camarillo

Mon.-Fri., May 13-17, 2024
We enjoyed a somewhat quiet week highlighted by four distinct and delightful social gatherings.

On Monday morning I joined a group about of about 16 retired Rio Mesa H.S. teachers at Camarillo's Eggs 'n' Things restaurant for our monthly breakfast soiree. It was great fun as always!

Tuesday evening Koreen FitzGerald joined us for yet another delicious Taco Tuesday dinner at Ruby's Fresh Mexican Food & Tequila Bar. The company was terrific, the tacos were nutritious and the Modelo beer on tap was spot on, all making for a great dining experience!

We continued our dining tour of Camarillo on Thursday. This time met up with long time friends Rod and Helen Fujita for an Italian lunch at Bistro 13. It was my first time at this spot and my fantastic pasta dish reminded me of one of the wonderful meals that great Italian chef, Giorgio Nardi, had prepared for us back in the day when we lived in Varese, Italy! Good Italian cuisine shared with good friends, it just doesn't get any better than that.

We had one more social engagement still on our Thursday agenda. We headed up to Ventura's Winchester's Grill & Saloon with Brian and Koreen FitzGerald where we would meet Rick and Linda Torres for a fun evening. Still full from our great Italian dining experience at lunch, we limited ourselves to sharing one small, happy-hour appetizer and a few more Modelos while enjoying each other's company. All six of us have ties to, once again, Rio Mesa H.S. and our reason for driving to Ventura was to hear one of our former colleagues at RMHS in concert, Karyn 805. That is her stage name and we will keep her true identity secret. Let us just say that she performed to perfection and her surprise duet with her granddaughter was both beautiful and touching.

Yes, we are becoming social butterflies.

Jacob would rather see us
become social octopi

Friday football updates . . .

I truly LOVE these New York Giants
throwback uniforms for the 2024 season

The Chief's Punter stirred up a hornet's
nest with his comments about women
during his Commencement speech at a
conservative Catholic university this week

No further comment.

Finland's 2024 Vaahteraliiga or Maple
League season started on Thursday
Helsinki Roosters vs. Vaasa Royals

Would Roosters' Head Coach Michael
Wood be ready with another of his
rock solid Defensive game plans?


Being 1-0 is a good thing.

Our Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons have
a French DIV playoff game set against
their cross-town rival Lyon Gones . . .

. . . or not!

The Gones had to forfeit the game due to dwindling numbers on their roster.

Strange, so I asked our top American Football agent in France, Julien Urgenti, what exactly happened.

As it turns out, the Gones' program has teams playing in both DIII and DIV. Both clubs made their respective playoffs. The team decided that to make a serious run in the DIII playoffs, they would need to absorb all of the players from the DIV squad, hence the forfeit.

After an idle week in the IFL,
six of the nine clubs are in action

The IFL weekend's BIG game
Ancona Dolphins (5-1) at
Firenze Guelfi (5-1)

The winner of this game has the inside track to the playoff's #2 seed and the Wild Card Weekend bye that goes with it.

Lazio Marines (3-4) at
Parma Panthers (3-3)

The winner is probably earning a Wild Card berth, the loser will need some help.

Bologna Warriors (0-6) at
Varese Skorpions (6-0)

A Skorpions win would secure them the playoffs #1 seed and an all-important Wild Card game bye. Their razor thin wins over the Firenze Guelfi, 7-0, and Ancona Dolphins, 21-20, will serve as their tie-breakers if Varese wins just one of their last two contests.

The Legnano Frogs (3-4), Milano Rhinos (2-5) and Torino Giaguari (2-5) have IFL byes this weekend.

A splendid Skorpions-Warriors
game week poster

The IFL's top three teams
have the top three defenses

As Paul "Bear" Bryant so wisely noted years ago, "Defense wins championships."

Bart Iaccarino's Cecina Trappers (4-2)
host the Ravenna Chiefs (1-4) in an
Italian DII Contest on Sunday

It is good to see the Italian DII/9FL
Catania Elephants (6-0) so
highly regarded in the South

We are paying a Transfer Portal
athlete $2,000,000 to play his last
season of college ball at the UW

Osobor is from England and the Huskies will be his third college after previous stops at Montana State and Utah State.


How Great thou art?

We are looking forward to another
track meet on Saturday

The Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet has been a Camarillo community event since 1960.

It annually brings together the city's 4th-8th grade students to compete for their schools, both public and private, by grade levels in both boys and girls divisions.

Mary is only in the third grade so, while she can't compete, she has happily volunteered to be one of her school's cheerleaders on Saturday.

Jacob will compete in the maximum four events as a 6th grader in the Long Jump, the 100 Meters Dash, the 400 Meters Dash and the 4 x 100 Meters Relay.

We'll be there rooting both of them on Saturday.

Maybe we can get over to this fun
at Cal Lutheran University on Sunday

Reading Is FUNdamental!

Another thought proving story
from this fine British author who
now lives in Ojai, California

It was an enjoyable week to be sure!

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