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2019 May 3rd: ROMEO Brunch

It was a Arizona Chamber of Commerce day on the patio the patio of the General Store that hosted the five attendees looking for nourishment.  We had a rare sighting of Doug Statler which was a real pleasure.  He had just come from breakfast with the likes of Russ Coon and Scott Johnson.  All three of these combatants looked great with Russ looking slightly thinner than normal because of his treatments of his lung disorder.  But I am told that all three did themselves proud with their menus selections.  Although being sometime since Doug visited, he didn’t waste much time in jabbing yours truly.  He seemed to take great glee in his comments, and the others around the table were having fun as well.  Doug’s two sons are doing very well with the oldest being a chef at Cartwrights in Cave Creek and the other in training to become a journeyman electrician.  Everyone is happy and healthy..great!  Ron Grove was telling us about a Viking cruise upcoming in June for he and Liz.  Sounds like Italy and Greece are the main stops on the junket.....fantastic.  I can’t believe they are leaving their puppy for their own personal fun.  Wonder what the Pope will say about that.  Brent Keil indicated that he and his son Bryan had just finished painting the wall around their property......how fun is that.  We began sharing area stories about random sightings of people looking to case homes for breakins.  Thank heavens for Ring!  Bill Harbecke indicated that approximately 4 years ago an individual had thrown a rock or brick through their bedroom doors and entered and picked up a few nic nacs.  Similar stories came from Ron whose area had several breakins from people who seemed to be professional in their entry and avoidance of capture.  Point of the story is that there are a lot of lazy people looking for quick bucks...alarms and videos should be standard in all homes.  Dave Schoenbeck was in California today with his golfing group for the weekend.  The photos I saw on Facebook showed 10 very happy and healthy retired retailers.  They seem to be dressing in the same shirts and hats.....isn’t that special!  Brent was talking about all the development going on in Scottsdale off of Pinnacle Peak Rd and Hayden.  Amazing the number of house and condo developments popping up.  The populations leaving Illinois are increasing demand.  Everyone, have a great weekend.        Gerry

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2019 April 19th: Romeo Brunch

 
IMG 1925.jpg4.19The sun, the sand, the 90 degree temperatures....you must be in Scottsdale in late April when six travelers hopped on their camels, or whatever, and be ventured to the General Store Patio.  Dave Schoenbeck was talking about his birthday present from his wife Ellen for a stay at a quaint hotel in Cottonwood and three delicious meals at three different restaurants in Jerome and Cottonwood.  Only Ellen would want to be alone with Dave.  He is as busy as ever with his consulting business and was talking with the group about some of the people he has worked with.  Jim Young was mentioned as one of the best DM’s to have Chicago as a district.  I guess he had all the tools.  The group began discussing different retail ventures from Trader Joes, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Costco, Forever 21, Ulta, and so on.  As Dave mentioned, to be successful, one has to have a great idea, but people have to want it......seems easy does’nt it.  That lends itself to the founder of Theranos.  Who doesn’t want a minimally invasive method for blood testing.  Look at the big names that invested with this young lady....too good to be true?  Oops.  Can’t wait to see how all that turns out.  Brent was discussing how well Walmart does in General Merchandise, especially cough and cold.  They are really focused on the latest in inventory technology for in store to in sure maximum instock.  Frank was talking about how well Ulta is performing under the latest CEO and how impressive Zoom is doing.  Tom Nielsen is having relatives come in from Denmark this Sunday and his family is reviewing their check list.  Scottsdale will be jumping.  Bill Harbeck was telling how his daughter actually listened to one bit of his life advice and became a pharmacist.  She is currently working for Caremark and supervises 30 plus pharmacists at a Care center in Phoenix.  Smart girl.  We talked about ole company cars we shared with previous characters that left their cigar smoke odors and air freshners....thanks JR.  It seems that Dave is only a couple weeks away from golfing with quit a few characters...Tom Dieterle, Neil Stacey, Tom Friend, Jake Jackson, Bob Potter to name just a few.  It seems that Bob always wants to play the big courses such as Torrey Pines, Pelican Bay, Spanish Bay, Pebble.....but the reasonable people prevailed and contained the spending. He probably wants to eat at Mastros’ every night.  Our wishes to all on the Good Friday and have a splendid Easter.
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2019 April 12th: ROMEO Brunch

IMG 1911.jpg4.12.jpgaIt was a cloudy day with temperatures at 65 degrees as five of us gathered on the patio of the General Store.  As you can see, Terry O’Malley paid us a visit and we were especially glad to see him after all these months.  He says that he has been busy doing something called “work”.  He seems to be traveling quite a bit, but does manage to visit those grandkids in Chicago.  His wife Linda continues to keep him out of harms way,but it is a full time undertaking.  Finally his one knee is working much better after three surgical procedures.  On his various trips he does run into ole Osco/Savon alumni....you certainly can’t get those people down.  Names such as Dave Beal, John Dyer, Craig Painter, Darlene Mann, Phyllis Colvis, Steve Pimper, Mike Echols, Sam Parker, Dick Cline, Byron Luke, Larry LaRock, Alan Stewart, Dick Scott, Dale Bystrom, Mike Baird, Dick Boyd, Dominic Cavello, Terry Hanson, Dick George, Dave Maher were all mentioned today.  We don’t need to go into the stories that contain those names......but I bet some ears were burning.  We were looking for the likes of Dick Davis but he was a no show.  Hopefully we will see them before they depart to Michigan.  Pat Johnston is preparing to travel back to Delaware for Easter and then to Oregon, all to see family.  Nice!  We again were talking about HOAs and the unique individuals that always seem to make their presence felt...usually in a slightly irritating manner.  Keeps everybody honest doesn’t it.  Brent and Ron are in the process of evaluating their residences for down sizing which of course means painting, arranging, listing, off listing and looking for the just right next step villas.  Hard work, but worth the effort once it all is completed, of course.  We also discussed how busy Mark Panzer is with his ABS responsibilities...good thing he has all that energy.  Our group was really into story telling today....does anybody remember Club 33 at the Anaheim Disneyland?  Great place.  I read an article in the LA times recently where the initiation to this facility is now $150,000.  Talk about inflation.  Those of you who don’t know this place, google it.  You will find it very interesting.  Hope everyone has a great weekend and that there is defrosting in the midwest.

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2019 April 5th: ROMEO Brunch

4.5 cIt was 73 degrees as I arrived to the patio of the General Store and took a seat in one of 9 chairs around two tables.  The patio was in a little disarray as workers were repair the adobe tile roof of one of the buildings adjacent to the patio.  The accommodations were great, as usual, even with this minor inconvenience as could be seen by being joined by several good looking and well mannered dogs with their owners.  Everyone has to eat you know.  First to arrive was Brent Keil, smiling and well dressed.   Next Ron Grove, wearing an ASU hat, took a seat and we were three...........and no more.   I must say, we had a brunch of very stimulating and intellectual discussions covering many topics.   I think that some of our attendees may create a drag on dialog......but we are always glad to welcome all comers.  Our average meal must have been 2000 plus calories, but we are all on medication so no worries.  The topics were plentiful....some surprising.  It appears that personal real estate is in a time of decline with San Jose, Truckee, Denver, Boulder demonstrating a negative trend of over 10% compared to same time last year.  It is easily forgotten that certain purchases do not always increase in value, with personal homes usually being on the roll a coaster.....but Silicon Valley and Boulder?  Chicago has a new mayor and most are hopeful that this lady will bring a fresh, non-political perspective to a city in crisis.  She already as spoken her opinion on the Smollett fiasco and it does not bode well for him.  The Democrats have added yet another to the Presidential candidate list for 2020.......Howard Schultz is in the news making sounds as an official candidate.  Hopefully there are a couple of these individuals that lend a credible platform open to the betterment of this country and not just to themselves.  I founds it interesting that the California legislature is looking to pass several laws to address the recent college admission scandal.  Typical.....Address situations with the laws on the books rather than deflecting.  In Southern California there was an individual of some note who was sitting at a side walk cafe and someone sucker punched him....turns out it was a 20 something homeless person.  So, rather than passing useless legislation how about address the states run away homeless fiasco that is bring chaos, disease and citizen infringement.  Seattle and Portland need plenty of help as well.  Plenty of things to focus on, but it seems many of the elected officials need glasses and the intelligence..............Gerry

 

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2019 March 29th: ROMEO Brunch

thumbnail.jpgfWell, for the end of March, the weather in the Valley of the Sun did not disappoint.....clear skies and warm temperatures on the patio of the General Store and 11 gathered before April fools day.  You don't want to be around this group on that magical day.  Today is Curt's last day in Arizona and after his grilled ham and cheese he is heading out of town towards his ice kingdom in North Dakota, but only after stopping in the mountains of Colorado and the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The man is not afraid to reach out and explore this big world.  He really seemed to enjoy his 3 month stay here taking advantage of visiting many snowbird friends from Fargo, playing golf and have a fair share of food and drink.  He is returning next year for 4 months and is plenty excited about possibly getting his kids and their families to come and visit a few days in the warmth.  John Eversman was present and discussed an upcoming trip with family to Italy in October...how great is that.  As he was describing the stops you could tell he is excited about having his family members enjoying some of the spots that he and his wife have visited previously.  He has spent sometime on the golf courses here and is always understating his level of play....watch out for the quiet ones.  Brent Keil, every present, indicated that he and Carol are going to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary this weekend.  Great!  I think she is finally getting used to him.  Pat Johnston always looking great, is planning a trip to Delaware for a short stay then returning before going to Oregon to visit his daughters family.  Fun times with the grand kids on both ends I am sure.  Ron Grove indicated that Liz is doing very well after her pace maker procedure and everything is back to normal or better....that is saying something considering that he has been her caregiver.  Jerry Ostermann is still hanging in the desert and waiting for the snow and cold to disappear.  The Fuglestads were represented by Tork and his brother Verse.....we missed the normal turnout of 24 people.  Tork is heading back to the midwest this Sunday.  You know, I think he misses the suburbs of Chicago....he can't stay away too long.  I think they are visiting some family in Oklahoma City on the way home.  Frank Stock munching on a tuna melt was pretty pleased with himself on how the market was doing today.  We were attempting to get him to guarantee a strong market this year, but he seemed to be hesitating.  Tom Nielsen was talking about his recent river cruise going from Berlin to Prague.  Doesn't that sound fantastic.  He and his son Mark are going to the upper regions of Canada to spend time with the polar bears.   First time I have heard of this trip.  Sounds like it could be a wee frigid, but great fun.  Everyone, be on the look out for a GoFundMe to offset legal and investigative expenses for a worthy individual......doesn't matter who it's for, I am sure that there are enough crazies out there to pay monies into anything.............................Gerry
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