Friday, May 9, 2014

Visit with Bob & Ihsan

Our friends Ihsan and Bob returned from a visit to the Los Angeles area yesterday and contacted us.  We set up a get together with them for today and drove over to their nice home in Henderson.  We've been there before, but the GPS helped find their house quicker than hand written directions.

Before we left the RV park we checked if we could stay another week at the same rate and they said fine.  So, it looks like we will be in Las Vegas another week and leave on May 19.  I hope the weather and our money holds up until then.  Now if I can keep Gerry out of the casinos, we should be ok.

Back to Bob & Ihsan.  We left in plenty of time to get to their house and took I-515 south to I-215 west to speed up the trip.  Bad move on my part.  For some reason the exit ramp onto I-215 was almost at a standstill.  The locals were all waiting until the last minute and then swerving into the lane and cutting off everyone.  Within a 1/2 mile section of the road this occurred with about 50 vehicles.  If everyone would have been patient and got in line there wouldn't have been a delay.  Then again, these are the "me" people who think they deserve to be first and not have to wait.

It was nice enough outside that we sat on their patio for 3-4 hours chatting and catching up on events in our lives.  We also replayed some events from when we worked together in Washington, DC and also overseas in the Foreign Service.  Our paths have crossed many times in various places in the world.

Bob is a semi-celebrity in that he appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in the December 11, 1954 issue.  He included this photograph in a Christmas letter a few years ago and I've kept it all these years.  Maybe I had a view of the future and knew I would need it for the blog.

 In the picture are his mother, father, sister and Bob.  He doesn't look too happy even though it was the Christmas season from the looks of it.

We enjoyed a few drinks, nuts and a cheese spread and finally decided we needed more substantive nourishment and headed over to a local Panera Bread for a light dinner.  It was nice eating there once again since it had been a number of months since we last enjoyed their food.  We continued our conversations there and wound up staying 20 minutes beyond their closing time.  Time really flew by fast and we had a nice dinner and company.

Bob & Ihsan
We decided to call it an early evening so we can hit the road in the morning before it warms up.  Also, the town will be mobbed since it is a weekend and half of California will be here.

That was our day, how was yours?

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