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2017 December 15; Romeo Recap

It was a marvelous day on the General Store patio where eight Christmas minded individuals gathered under bright sunny skys at 65 degrees.  Brent Keil was quick to speak about a mile stone reached by Jack O'Connell when he retires from 15 years as a greeter at Mayo on Shea Blvd.  There are some who say that he was the true backbone of that location....I wonder if he performed some surgeries as well.  Evidently he feels that his golf game needs more work and this will free him up to hone his skills.  It is said that Jack was chuckling loudly about reading about Ron Grove's boat escapade recently.  These former retailers can be so cruel. Ron Grove didn't have a lot to say about Jacks enjoyment.  Tim Sauer appeared after a decade or so absence....it was obvious his appetite is still holding on.  He is traveling less, thank heavens and seems to be doing well.  He passed on that Tyler Hickman just celebrated his 12 anniversary at The Dollar Store.  Where does time go?  Stan Petersen indicated that Mo Murray is really having a battle with his back.  Within the last week, he has experienced serious pain and early diagnosis indicates possible degenerative disc issues.  Lets hope he can get back on the course quickly.  Mo is always so active on his ranch, herding the cows and horses, that any delay will require Annie to take over....that could be a blessing for the ranch and Annie. Dave Schoenbeck arrived at brunch after spending the morning developing his shooting skills.  He was shooting either a 7 mm or 50 caliber weapon.  He seemed to be favoring his left shoulder a bit.  All his family is coming into town, including three dogs, for the holidays.  Dick was discussing his prime rib treat for Thanksgiving....doesnt that sound great?  He had some friends over as their daughter from Arizona was in Boston.  Frank Stock was chowing down on his veggie burger....really?  He has been battling knee issues (take a number) and is still hampered, limiting his golf game.  He was picking up Carolyn at the airport coming in from Arkansas where she has been looking after her father. We all talked about what the new tax law will bring........does anyone know for sure.....this will be cut, this will be eliminated, the world will end, and we will all die.  Sounds promising.  We won't even go to the harrassment issues that continue to surface.....good to bring it out to make everyone aware of the magnitude of the problem.  However, when itmcomes the hoards who also raised questionable claims, or how do you know for sure.  Troubling all the way around.  Another quick story is that the Juliettes will be holding their next brunch with Sharon McGovern looking to vising her in her rehab residence.  That will definitely be well received.  Well, time to go....everyone have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
Gerry
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2017 December 8th; Romeo Luncheon Recap

imagesIt was a sunny 57 degree day in Scottsdale North at the General Store.  When the fab five began to arrive there was no one on the patio because of the slight chill in the air and on the thought that Tom Nielsen would be in attendance we decided to devour brunch inside.  Tom was, again, a no show.  We are beginning to worry about that man and will have to check on him.  Ron Grove sat on the patio for 10 minutes and then decided to check inside, an guess what....he found us.  Bill Harbecke found his way back to the valley of the sun from the midwest and joined us to catch up on life in the gun totting west.  John Spellman, recently back from the Grand Caymans and Brent Keil rounded out the attendees along with yours truly.  Being not very well informed, I asked John about the bitcoin.  I have tried to read about that investment but keep getting deeper into confusion.  The translations is "I don't get it".  John indicated that he shared some of my lack of understanding.  The value today is over $16,000 dollars and if you invest in it, you dont get cash when you "sell it" but you have value that you can apply to certain other things.......what?  If you get it, share you understanding.....in a very simple form.  John indicated that he had a wonderful time scuba diving in the Caymans and the water was spectacular...evidently there is a underwater cliff that goes over 20,000 feet down....he, on the other hand, scubas at 105 feet. Sounds great, but not for me.   He will be leaving soon for Maui to his condo and then to work the PGA tournament in Kapalua.  Bill has been back and forth to the midwest visiting family and taking his 14 year granddaughter to a Hawks game in Minnesota.  This Christmas, Bill and his wife will be traveling to the Caribbean to enjoy a week for so.  The kids will be visiting the other side of their family this season.  Ron, the healing fisherman, along with Liz will be in the midwest for the holidays.  Gracie, the new pups, will be visiting with friends here in Arizona.  The Bays had the great pleasure to visit Gracie yesterday with the golden Baylor.  Those little puppies really love to run with the big dawgs.  Brent Keil, arrived a little tardy today, enough to worry us, but all is well.  He is beginning a dietary program, at the request of his MD,  He is very excited.  Today, he ordered ice tea........................................................................................thats right.................nothing else.  Christmas in the desert for the Keils, with his twin brother and family coming into town in January.  His brother just got home from a trip to Germany and landed very much under the weather has was immediately shuttled to a hospital.  Seems it might be a sepsis.....still being treated. Everyone has a great week end.
 
Gerry
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2017 December 1st; Romeo Luncheon Recap

It was 78 degrees under a partially cloudy sky when 4 gathered individually around a patio table at the General Store. We waited for some time for others to join, but Tom Nielsen, Tim Sauer, Pat Johnston and Dick Davis just never showed.  So Dave Schoenbeck said the heck with them and he order a Patty Melt with hashbrowns(he loves those potatoes), Brent also had the melt with onion rings(he loves those rings) and Ron had a Denver omelete with Breakfast potatoes.  Yours truly reach out for the diet plate of biscuits and gravy, two eggs over medium and under cooked bacon.  I did have a diet coke to balance things out.  Ron gave us a storied recap of his new boat adventures and he had us at hello.  It seems that he took his craft on a maiden voyage with his puppy and Liz and everything went very well.  Upon his return to the dock at Bartlett lake he was attempting to put the cover on and had some challenges as it was new.  Several dock hands indicated they would handle it and they departed for the comfort of a land based enclosure.  The next morning he received an urgent message to call the lake storage facility and he was told that, inadvertently, when covering the boat, they had tripped a lever with pulled the boat plug.  The craft took on 15 inches of water before they caught it, but it did mean a trip to the lake to view any damage.  They pulled the wet manuals and carpet out, only after duct taping the lever shut.  Returning to test the mechanics and electrical, Ron was attempting to get off the boat to the dock and he miss-stepped and fell back into the boat and then into the water.  The result was two broken ribs and very wet clothing.  Never deterred, Ron is planning a boating trip to Greenland from the east coast.......maybe not.  The attendees shared their Thanksgiving tales with Brent staying locally with Carol and his son and his girlfriend.  Dave rented a house in Wicker Park for a week and had a great time with family sharing a Ukranian thanksgiving followed the next day with a traditional feast.  Ron entertained friends and grandson.  The Bays as previously mention went to Southern California and had brussel sprouts, string bean casserole, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy. sweet potatoes, turkey and ham.  The best was to come on Friday with the classic sandwich on wonder bread, dressing, gravy, turkey, cheddar cheese and a tad bit of mayo........oh baby. By the way, Baylor fell into the swimming pool for the first time and would not get out.  Houston, we have a problem. Ron's new Gracie had her first holiday and Dave indicated that his dawg ignores him. Ron was asking about training for puppies and we had great results with Hunter Canine just off of Cave Creek Road next door to Partners training facility.  Of course we had to speak briefly about Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and others who have garnered some headlines.  It is thought that there are many folk out there doing the "looking back" routine.  You can always count on human beings.  Everyone have a great weekend.
Gerry
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2017 November17th; Romeo Luncheon Recap

Well, this day was slightly different from past Scottsdale fall days in that it was 70 degrees, cloudy with light rain.  But that did not deter 6 former hardworking men from sitting on the patio for a brunch of waffles and bacon, turkey burgers and cold slaw, western omelet, patty melt and hash browns, chili cheese and another western omelet.  Gooooood!  Dick Davis made his first winter visit after returning to the valley of the sun last Sunday.   We also got to see Sandy and their new puppy.  Seems that there is a new head of household taking charge of the garden sprinkler system.  What a cutie....Sandy too.  Stan Petersen got a break from Quintero Golf Club and spent some social time with the group.  He and Deone are about to entertain guests in the form of a son and girl friend and Deone's family members.  Fun.  Frank Stock was back from a week in Hilton Head but unfortunately not able to play golf there because of his knees.  That hurt for sure.  Dave Schoenbeck is preparing to go to Chicago  having an authentic Lithuanian Thanksgiving followed by Turkey day on Friday.  Can't beat that.  Nice to spend time with family during the holidays.  Brent Keil, looking and feeling great is preparing for a local celebration, while the Bays are heading to the LosAngeles region to spend time with kids and grandkids and friends.  Cant wait for the Brussel Sprouts with bacon and butter.  I love to eat healthy.  We attempted to cover all the normal topics of the day which covers the sexual harassment storms of yesteryear and more current timelines.  We also talked about the transitions of Rite aide and those that are retiring, Bill Bergen, and those that are changing jobs. The retail drug world is definitely changing.  Sharon McGovern is still having a tough time of it in that the latest X-rays show little improvement and to a minor extent, some worsening of the condition.  Hopefully this will turn around.  The Bays did have the opportunity to have lunch with Dennis Reber and his wife Suzanne.  All their children are doing well and the great news is that Dennis is now cancer free.  Fantastic!  They have gone through a number of battles for sure.  They are beginning to look around for retirement destinations with the key description being on the much warmer, more sunny side.  Sounds good for sure.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.
 
Gerry

 

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2017 November 3rd, Romeo Luncheon Facts

Well, surprise, surprise...the temperatures were below 70 degrees with partly cloudy skies as four gathered for the Romeo Brunch today.  Kevin Tripp was in attendance and looked great except for the fact his left arm/elbow was suffering from very touchy tendonitis.  He could barely shovel his food into his mouth.  I thought he was going to resort to his fingers or a spoon.  He thinks he over did it with his golf after his course was reopened from over-seeding.  He can't be the old, is he?  All the kids and grandkids visited about two weeks ago and obviously the Tripps had a great time.  Grandpa and Grandma Tripp are going to have to look for a large van to cart this group around.  John Spellman was discussing his new business venture and it was intriguing to listen to his innovative adventure.  In the second year, his revenues are projected to be up 60 plus percent.  But that business doesn't not stop he and his wife from going to the Grand Caymans in a couple of weeks.  Its hard to keep up with the roving Spellman's.  Mr. Ron Grove was telling stories about his new dog, Gracie.  Sounds like his and Liz are definitely won over.  Ron says that Gracie is the smartest dog he has ever seen.  I just received an email from Larry Wahlstrom detailing the big wind storm that his his area last week.  He indicated that he was without power for 4 days, but his generator saved the day.   The gathering discussed some topics of the day, but didn't but didn't go into long detail.  DNC charges against Hiliary, Harvey W and his long term abuse, Trumps continued battles, Red Cross losing $100 M in donations for ebola fight, and what charitable organizations can you trust.   Then we focused on the eggs and bacon, omelets and Philly cheese steaks.  Have a great weekend.
 
Gerry
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