Published: Sunday, May 21 2017 07:33
Scottsdale is beginning to offer up wonderful sunny skies and temperatures in the low 90's. It would seem that not everyone enjoys these temperatures and the General Store patio was fairly unoccupied for our. Friday gathering. The discussion topics were varied and plentiful along with healthy meal choices for all. It is good to know, that as we have gotten older, we have gotten wiser in our food selections. Patty melts, cooked medium(nothing undercooked here) with French fries and onion rings. The pastrami reuben with a delicious house salad and moderate dressing on the side(until it was dumped on top of the greens and tomatoes). made for some of the balanced nutrition. We talked about ole friends from our former business world and yours truly shared that there was a dinner gathering at Tommy Bahama's on Wednesday PM, with Bobbie Riley, Randy Mound, Marc Allgood, Bill Baker, Kathy and Gerry Bay. Everybody looked great! Ok, Bobbie and Kathy looked great while the guys left something to be desired. Great discussions and sharing of family pictures.....when did these children reach their twenties and thirties. Wow! Of course we had to have some discussions about Washington DC and the groups there. The night show talk shows continue; Melissa McCarthy continues; Hillary continues; Bernie continues; Rosie continues; Trump continues; Comey continues. They all continue, but seem to miss the things of importance to this country. When is the last time you heard Congress talk about the injustice facing veterans in this country...those that are homeless and helpless physically and mentally. How about run away spending on medicaid abuse and illegal immigrants......that, by the way, is why funds are running short for the worthy. I certainly do not hear or read about legislators and administrators standing up in the house and senate, saying enough is enough....lets get to work on real time issues....not finger pointing and back stabbing. We talked about the successful careers of the children of our company. One in particular is Ron Carderelli's son who is a fabulous golfer and enjoys a great career as a Pro at an exclusive Country Club in the midwest. Frank Stock, who took time off today, has been spending time in New Jersey to manage the affairs of his mother who recently passed away. Her home, which was Franks childhood home is being put on the market. How many people have lived in their home for 65 years. Amazing. We also talked about the changing retail environment. Amazon and other online retailers have taken it to the likes of Sears, JC Penney, Macys and other large box retailers, which will leave 100s of thousands empty retail space in malls every where. Fun to talk and eat sitting in the sun.
By the way, today we had Brent, Frank Stock and myself sitting on the patio. We were going to have the last gathering next week, but with the travels of many in the Valley of the Sun, we will possibly cancel. If you are inclined to attend next Friday, give me an email and we certainly get together. Have a great weekend.