Monday, April 03, 2006

Laying low in Las Vegas

Up 6:30 this morning, after four hours' rest. Out with Otto to the BMW and Ford dealers. He's having the BMW serviced, and we picked up the "Expedition". The BMW dealer gave him an "X3" loaner: kind of fun to try out.

I took the "Expedition" back to the house, contending with rush hour traffic on the freeway. Along the way, I stopped at the "Daily Grind" coffee shop. It was crowded with seniors (people like me!)

Watched Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day", then took a 2-1/2 hour nap, getting back up 6:00, when Otto returned.

We went out to dinner at "Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que", a Louisiana-style roadhouse that got its start in Long Beach, California. They do a good seafood gumbo.

After dinner, we walked around the neighboring outdoor shopping mall in a light rain, and into the "Green Valley Casino". Only lost $9.00 in a little over an hour. And I came away feeling like a winner! (How's that for warped thinking? Where else can you hand over your money, receive nothing in return and feel good about it? Well, I guess donating to a church or charity will have that effect. Maybe that's the way we really see gambling.)

I played "Mary's numbers" in Keno: 6,16,26,7,17,27. I guess they're not my numbers.

Watching a basketball game today, a commentator mentioned one of the players was a "Leisure Management" major. I laughed. That's the first I've heard of such a discipline! We need professionals to manage our leisure?

A real estate brochure dropped off at Janie and Otto's house today has a listing of homes in their development that are currently on the market, in escrow or just sold. It lists 68 homes, most still on the market!

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Reality is about to hit me in the face. What is next? One of the clear intentions is to further reduce my impact on this planet (while still trying to survive. I'm not ready to leave this place yet!)

Along the way, I need to arrive at a more "neutral" place in my mind. Less judgmental, more constructive.

Little lessons that will contribute to the eventual direction.

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After all this time, during an exchange of e-mails, I discovered that former Mondavi co-worker Leo Ainsworth was on the USS Bryce Canyon in Viet Nam. In high school, I was in the "Bryce Canyon Division" of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. The ship was our "flagship". Small world (as I've heard myself repeat many times recently.)

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