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2018 April 13th: ROMEO Recap

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Well, it was a 65 degree day with sunshine and very aggressive winds developing throughout our brunch gathering.  As you can see, counting yours truly, we had a total of 8 middle-aged ex-athletes sitting around talking about ole war wounds.  We were glad to see Brent Keil today and he missed last week (very unusual) because of a bout of high blood pressure.  Feeling a little “off” he took his pressure last Thursday and got a fairly high reading which stimulated a trip to the emergency room.  After a few hours there, they released him and he is monitoring his status on a regular basis.  He is contemplating a visit to the local veterinarian to check further on the ole war horse's progress.  The group seems incomplete when there is an absence of Mr. Keil.  Dick was making his last spring brunch as he and Sandy are returning to Michigan next week.  They are waiting for a slight warm up back there, but are anxious to get there and begin digging in the garden.  They are enjoying their new RX 350 with all the whistles and bells.  Sandy stopped by today as she was Dick’s Uber driver.  What service.  Ron is also going to begin his journey back to the Lake of the Ozarks tomorrow,  He just completed a three week visit with family and grandkids.  He says he wore them out…..wake up Ron.  Gracie, Liz and Ron will be pulling the famous new boat and going through Kansas City to have it checked out before the summers usage.  Ron feels that perhaps he will feel better with it being checked thoroughly after having 15 inches of water enter the craft…..picky, picky.  Getting it travel worthy, they had to remove about three inches of algae that had built up on the hull over the last several months.  Boat ownership is so fulfilling. Stan Petersen had a day off from his private Golf Course and wore his Tiger Wood’s red shirt to display his competitive spirit.  He is in really good shape….he got in and out of his chair all by himself.  Deone is working hard and keeping the household afloat.  I will bet it is not a pretty sight when she comes home from a long day and finds Stan and dawg Eddie both in greying tank top shirts and cut offs.  Frank Stock, took time off to join the group after a very tumultuous week on Wall Street.  I always love talking with him about the market dynamics and everyone listens intently for his replies….”Frank, why the market volatility?……..answer:  volatility?  Frank, is it still viable to be in stocks?   Answer: Just make sure they match.  Frank, is it time to be more cautious with our investments?  Answer:  just drive defensively and your car should be fine.”  Words of wisdom!
 Bill Harbecke is back from Chicago two weeks ago and everything is going well.  He is looking to take several trips the next few months, one of which is a “Band of Brothers” type tour in France where they will be taking two river cruises.  Sounds great.  Tom Nielsen looks great with Mark and Joan both doing well.  Trips are always on the horizon for the Nielsens….it must be a second time around the world for them.  We miss seeing a number of our ole friends such as Tim Sauer, Jim Willyard, Dennis Palmer, and so on.  If your name wasn’t mentioned, we have forgotten you.  Everyone have a great weekend.  Gerry
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2018 April 6th: ROMEO Brunch Recap

Well, this week has been one with Chamber of Commerce temperatures, tempting all people to sit and dine on the General Store Patio.  So, at 11:30 am, with the air temperatures hit 80 degrees there were three Romeo attendees siting all by themselves on the beautiful patio.  I know, it is hard to believe that no one would be hitting on Kevin Tripp, John Spellman and yours truly for autographs or riveting conversation.  So we were three souls sitting alone, attempting to form conversations that would get us through lunch time.  We haven't seen John for over several months as he has been spending much time in Maui and also baby sitting grandchildren in Michigan.  He also has been attending to his professional sports teams catering business and then add on the fact that he had over three weeks of time battling this years horrendous flu.  It appeared to be a gift that kept on giving taking away appetites, energy and sleep.  You have to love the bronchitis side effect.  Kevin was looking great and has not been fighting any injuries or viral/bacterial demons.  A second knee surgery is not imminent and his golf elbow is not hindering him from enjoying his new Taylor Made 790 irons.  The grandchildren for Kevin and John are all doing well, and spending sometime with grandma and grandpa.  Travel plans are being looked at currently with nothing definite on the horizon.    Kevin was talking about a tempting fishing adventure to Cuba.  He said the location was a place called Bay of Pigs, and that it was once a place of a lot of activity, but very quickly went bust.  He is working with a company called CIA to arrange the details.  Hope it works out.    Everyone, have a great weekend.  By the way, we didnt miss you all that didn't attend.  Gerry
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2018 March 23rd: ROMEO Recap

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What a beautiful day today!  There was a wonderful, soft spring breeze, lightly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 70s when 8 gathered around the buffet and conversation table.  The discussions were varied with much time being spent on the sport of fishing, especially around the Minnesota lakes area.  Brent indicated that this last weekend most of the ice houses were pulled off before there were any drownings of overly served fishermen.  He indicated that he had his springs trip all set for June 13th thru the 16th….I have a feeling that long sleeved shirts will be necessary…..or something more substantial.  The Fuglestad boys were attending their last Romeo before heading east next week.  Boy do they have stories.  Roe was talking about the time he was out running and he was hit by a snow plow……ouch.  When our discussion turned to the state of peoples minds, Roe gave us the word of the year for 2016 “post-truth”.  Boy, has that turned into an understatement.  Who to believe?  But most importantly why should anyone be so opposed to what other people believe….it is the right of the individual to draw his or her own conclusions and path to travel…unless of course that path involves harm to others.  Time to relax and look for solutions for sure. We began a discussion of health and mortality, especially since we heard about an old friend, Hal Ensrud, who is losing his fight to cancer.  Those that have close calls talked about their thoughts and observations at their critical time and it was very enlightening, to say the least. That discussion led us to observing what a beautiful day we were experiencing.  Tom Nielsen was showing pictures of a party they had at their house for families who had poodles from litters of the same breeder.  There were well over 20 people with at least 15 dawgs in attendance.  I think Tom and Joan felt they were the best people they know…the fuzzy ones of course.  Jerry Ostermann is here for more weeks and is certainly enjoying his stay.  Next Friday, Tork is heading west to Aspen for 4 days on his way back to Naperville.  Not a bad stop over.  Dick Davis is enjoying a new vehicle…when Sandy lets him drive it of course.  Nothing like new Lexus wheels.  They are entertaining guests at the moment and will be here for another month or so.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Gerry

 

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2018 March 16th: AZ Ball Game Romeo Brunch Recap

Sorry to say I missed our weekly gathering because of a spring game between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.  The California visitors were numerous and hundreds of kids on spring break were enjoying the 74 degree day looking for baseballs and autographs.  It was interesting, but we noticed that there were no beer vendors in our section, which is on the visitors side behind the dug out.  They finally appeared in the bottom of the 5th and we sort of felt that perhaps the "backs" organization must of felt that the Dodger fans could not handle their beer....those Californians can't be trusted.  
A great game with the D'Backs leading in the bottom of the 7th 3 to 1, when the Bays departed.
 
I did receive word from Brent Keil that we had a great gathering at Romeo with Brent, Haven, Tork and Frank Stock all gathered around talking about everything except politics.  I think we all are weary of the day to day rumors, idiot moves, lack of work ethic and continuation of status quo.  So instead they focused on health, mergers, Hallmark and stock forecasts.  Man, the earth must have been shaking. I hope everyone has a great weekend and that New England and the Northeast get their weather turn around...about time!             Gerry
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2018 March 3rd & 4th: AZ Brunch & Walker Cup

Well, this was the magical weekend for the Walker Cup Golf Event and the Annual Arizona Sunday brunch, which were organized and operated by Stan Petersen and John McGovern for the golf outing and Tom Nielsen for the magical brunch.  The golfing weather was sunny and perfection at the Dove Valley Golf Course which was the venue for the annual outing.  Twenty five golfers and 10 plus lunch onlys gathered at the course grill for the tasty lunch being provided.  Everything went well except for one slight hiccup when Frank Stock thought the bowl of cold slaw was an individual serving.  After some negotiation, Frank let the bowl goal in exchange for a second hamburger patty.....everyone happy.  The golf was thoroughly enjoyed by all, regardless of the questionable results.  Amazing that these people raise children.  A large number of the visitors went out for dinner on Saturday evening at Charlestons in Scottsdale and the party continued.  Again, it went well except for a small misstep when the waiting spilled hot au jus on Curt Larsons shirt and pants.   It looked good on the North Dakota boy.  
 
As the Sunday sun climbed in the southwest sky, 40 plus gathered at Tonto Verde Country Club for a delicious annual brunch.  The conversations were certainly the high points and it is so good to see the likes of Jack and Bev O'Connell, Terry and Susan Hanson, Haven and Paula Ready and Jerry Gonyo......Wanda White, Bob and Joyce Potter, Curt Larson, were others who took their time to travel to see ole friends.  How do you go wrong with mimosas, omelets, scramble eggs, potatoes, bacon, chicken fruit salad, breads and desserts.  Wow.  
 
Once again our thanks to those involved in the timely process of organizing these great events......when you see them, you wonder how they did it...............................Gerry
 
Editors Note: Look for all the details and photo's in the March edition of the Connections Newsletter
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