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2017 October 27th Romeo Luncheon Recap

A powerful coastal storm with strong winds and heavy rain will impact the East Coast beginning this weekend, potentially resulting in tree damage, power outages and flooding.

One of the ingredients for this coastal storm is a powerful jet stream disturbance sweeping through the eastern states this weekend that will help induce the formation of a strong low-pressure system near or off the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastline. This storm system will also receive an injection of moisture and energy from a western Caribbean tropical system dubbed Invest 93L.

Also, 45 mile in hour winds in North Dakota and snow in Minnesota.   WoW!

But today in Scottsdale, 85 degrees, cloudless sky while the four of us sat on the General Store Patio for our weekly gathering.  Pretty nice for sure.  Ron Grove was very excited as he and Liz will be picking up their new puppy dog, named Gracie, this afternoon.  This puppy doesn't realize how good she has it.  I think Ron and Liz are going to build a special home within their home to make sure she has all she needs.  They have the interior fencing, the toys, the pillow, the life preserver for the boat and of course the special food.  There certainly is nothing better than having a dawg in live.  Hard to have a bad day when you look into those eyes. The discussions turned toward fishing and the enjoyment that Brent, Dave and Ron get from going out for the bass, catfish, walleye and trout mind clearing adventures.  Nothing better.  Ron has indicated that he thinks he is going to put his boat in Bartlett Lake so it will be available on short notice.  Sounds like a lot of fun for sure.  Of course Brent told us where certain fish can be found around the valley.  We were talking about the success of Amazon and its recent revenue and earnings announcement puts them.  They seem to be challenging all retailers to evaluate and look for creative logistics and service initiatives.  The CVS/Aetna announcement certainly add many discussions regarding benefits and who will get what out of the combination.  Seems Walgreens is reeling a bit.  Of course we again got into past story telling about our retail days and the anecdotes about the people we worked with.  No need to be specific, but the names involved were the four in attendance, Larry LaRock, Frank Scott, Bob Garrison, Dennis Palmer, Bob Howard, John Terry, Sam Skaggs, Bob Godlasky, Bob Rankin...and more.  A lot of laughter....but all in good fun.

Gerry
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2017 October 20th; Romeo Recap

Well it was an 82 degree day with high Cirrus clouds as four souls gathered on the General Store patio.  What a day!  Finally, we saw the familiar face of Mr. Grove after his lengthy stay in the land of lakes (Missouri lakes of course).  I think he had been gone a little too long in that he had grown some facial hair.  When you are in the land of banjo music, stills and meth-labs, you need to cover yourself a bit.  He and Liz drove back through Kansas City to pick up a new, 19 foot fishing boat and then deliver it to Carefree.  The travels went without incident and now he has to determine where he is going to store it for the winter and what lakes does he need to fish out of bass.  Thankfully Brent Keil was present and able to give him the benefit of all his boating experience in the valley of the sun.  I didn't realize how many lakes were readily available and of all shapes and sizes.  Brent is an amazing resource. I think Ron wants to start a bass fishing venture for all the snow birds that come into town.  Frank Stock was enjoying his cheeseburger and taking this all in.  We noticed that he was walking gingerly and we begin talking about his fragile knees which seem to start about three weeks ago.  No real injury had occurred but the lifetime of wear and tear seems to have taken a toll.  For now he is going to increase exercise and therapy and then determine if injections of sorts is the next step.  Of course this discussion let to knee and hip surgeries and their success rate.  I had in mind that the surgery was very successful, especially for the likes of Kevin T.  But it appears that Haven Ready and Terry O'Malley have had questionable results to date from recent procedures.  Sharon McGovern as well is still battling a recent hip surgery.  I guess there are no magic bullets.  We did miss John Spellman and Dave Schoenbeck who are out of town this weekend and the Nielsens are having a time share presentation in Rancho Mirage.  For only $299 you get five nights and all you have to do is attend a 36 hour presentation.   Soon I am sure we will be seeing Pat Johnston and Dick Davis, along with Tork and many others the first of the years.  Have a great weekend.
 
Gerry
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2017 October 13th Romeo Luncheon Recap

The formula: {88 degrees + sunshine+patio dining+fine food} x 5 = a great Romeo gathering.  Fun discussions in that we eliminated politics for the most part.  We talked about the cost of education today. My oldest granddaughter who is a junior in high school was visiting University of Iowa and University of Michigan to check out their nursing school.  Great schools of course but the cost, respectively, per year was $50,000 and $60,000.  Wow!  We then discussed the Trusted Traveler Program provided by US Immigration.  Many people know about this but it is a way to travel more efficiently in the US and going thru immigration from international travels.  Those that aren't aware, check it out online. Easy to do and very much worth while.  Tom Nielsen gave a great recap of his train trip in Canadian Rockies going from Vancouver to Banff.  What a scenic ride and great meals.  Definitely something to check into.  John Spellman's new business venture in meal catering to major league sports teams is growing quickly and they are currently servicing 16 teams.  But don't think its all work and no play.  He and his family are still traveling with his next trip to Wisconsin.  The discussions started around Lottery winners we have know.  Of course Barb Mazzulla was held up as the right way to handle the pressures.  What a classy lady.  Brent Keil talked about a service manager that won about 10 plus lotteries in Quincy Mass.   She had a "system". but would never share it...of course.  Just recently a man from back east, I think, discovered his winning lottery ticket in a shirt pocket in the closed after 363 days, just 2 days before it expired.  He is retired with 2 children and 12 grand children.  He was going to call a "discussion meeting" to talk about the $24 Million.  Should be fun.  That led to a fun discussion about horse racing and people who understand it and people who don't.  Also a great discussion about getting "hot tips" that paid off.  We should all be millionaires.  We did finish off with an adult discussion about the likes of Harvey W and all the victims in his path.  Proves power corrupts and how that power scares people to react.  That power also attracts others interested in power support and money.  Be careful about who and what you blindly embrace.  Hopefully our representatives in government will awake and begin to deal with immigration, healthcare and the nature disasters now!  Everyone have a great weekend.
 
Gerry
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2017 October 6th; Romeo Luncheon Recap

It was another 85 degree day with plenty of sun on the General Store patio where six people gathered to "catch up" and "eat up".  First, we had a very pleasant surprise in the appearance of Donna Jackson..................Oh, and Harold was there too.  They looked great and have just come back to the Valley of the Sun after four months in Colorado at an RV park on a river.  The pictures looked wonderful and I am sure they were very comfortable with their three wonderful beagles along.  Harold has been spending many hours on the river working on his fly fishing skills.  He said he was hoping Kevin would be in attendance for a little 101 on technique.  Retirement is certainly working out for them.  Dave Schoenbeck was talking about his elk hunting expedition in Montana where the weather was a little more cold than usual and where the snow fell from the sky.  They saw 46 elk, but the hunters came home empty handed.  Interesting they went bow hunting.....the image I had in mind was the elks in Larsens cartoon pointing and laughing at the funny men in red.  Dave indicates that Ellen and he have planned a fantastic trip to Africa where they will be taking walking safaris.  Gives the animals an advantage for sure.  The trip sounds wonderful...Cape Town, Johannesburg, Zambia, Victoria Falls and Botswana.  In 2019 they are going to Australia and New Zealand.  What wonderful trips.  Frank Stock was enjoying his Tuna Melt and unfortunately talking about how he was experiencing severe knee pain the last couple of weeks.  Of course everyone had a persona story and I think we got him on track to ask the MD of knee injections.  They certainly worked for yours truly in the last couple of months.  Brent Keil was looking good and took out the Patty Melt and Onion rings without difficulty.   He is feeling much better, after some minor issues the last couple of weeks.  We all began telling "stories" about our inner city story experiences.  I think Dave won when he described the day he was driving on the Pasadena Freeway and a shiny car pulled up and put three bullet holes in the side of his car.  Boy, JT was very upset over the way he abused company property.  There were numerous descriptions of working in certain stores, and traveling to difficult markets to oversee operations.......Watts, Inglewood, Brigham Circle, Cabrini Green, Southside of Chicago, Taylor Homes.......Those experiences make you happy to be around to laugh about them.  By the way, Stan and Deone are on their Hawaiian vacation having visited Waikiki, and now in Maui and then on the way to Kauai.  Everyone have a great vacation.
 
 
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2017 September 29th: Romeo Recap

It was a grand 90 degree morning/afternoon on the General Store patio as five hearty souls gathered to catch up on the activities of our cohorts.  Bill Harbeck, one of two in attendance last week, was talking about his upcoming adventures to the midwest to see grandchildren and attend some cherished hockey games. He looked great with his Blackhawk on.  Brent Keil, last weeks other attendee, was showing no after effects from his bout with kidney stones, especially when you saw him eating his hamburger and onion rings.  He was describing the avalanches in Yosemite when slate was falling from El Capitan over the last several days, with a tragic consequences.  Such a beautiful place, but nature does have a dark side.  Kevin Tripp was just back from Montana and the high country where he got snowed on to the tune of 11 inches.  He indicates he is moving much better on his left knee after the replacement surgery.  Now it seems the right knee may need a little work in the future.  I guess we wear out much too fast and we age....an all true reality.  He is a proud grandpa showing pictures of his young granddaughter...what a cutie.  John Spellman was just back from Telluride where he indicated the weather was on the much cooler side, in the 30's at night and early mornings.  Rain also reared it ugly head for a couple of days.  Next trip for the Spellman's is a trip to Wisconsin in a couple of weeks.  He is one well traveled man....good for him.  The Bays just returned from Waikiki where we stayed for 6 nights right on the beach overlooking the ocean and Diamond Head.  A tour of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona was wonderful and then we climbed aboard a helicopter with open doors to tour the island.  Kathy insisted I sit next to the open door, for some reason.   It was a very relaxing trip to take us away from the tensions of retirement life.  I am happy to say that the conversation stayed a great distance from politics and the daily soap operas.  We just talked about the rising costs of our Medicare supplemental insurance and other senior interest. Hope you have a great weekend.

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