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2017 September 15th: ROMEO Recap

Today marked the fall 2017 kick-off for our Romeo Brunch and we had 6 ole cowboys ride up to the cook wagon campfire in the image of John Spellman, Stan Petersen, Brent Keil, Frank Stock and yours truly.  It was great to catch up with everyones summer adventures of travel and business(yes I said business). We were all intrigued with John Spellman's new business venture in supplying  meals to professional sport teams in the NBA, Hockey and MLB.  He just cycled one year and is very pleased with how the company has matured and he expects a major increase in revenues for year two.  He and family still find time to travel to Hawaii and to Telluride for some R & R.  Nothing like skiing and hiking at 12,000 feet.  Stan Petersen and Deone are preparing for a great trip to three Hawaiian Islands at the end of September.  He is pretty excited about their cuisine and how many dishes are made with Spam.  Hey, I grew up eating fried spam sandwiches....sure sounds good. Interesting that Stan booked his trip through Costco and is very pleased with the result.  Others were talking about how great it is to rent cars through Costco.  I have never tried them, but will certainly do so in the future.  Tom Nielsen was describing his recent trip to Ireland and Denmark.  He enjoyed both countries and got a bonus in that he has family members in Denmark and he spent several days with them.  Next adventure is a Grand Train Trip from Vancouver, to Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff while staying in first class hotels at night.  What a great experience.  We all were talking about what a great job the Alumni Board did in planning the recent alumni dinner in St Charles.  The cocktails, food and venue were great and seeing old friends was the topping.  It was wonderful to see how good everyone looked...Tom McGovern, Dave Gillis and Don Hoscheit are representatives of that.  Frank Stock went on a National Parks rode trip with Caroline and then went to Manhattan recently with Juliann Walker to experience the sites and cultures.  A great city for sure.  Brent Keil spent many weeks in Minnesota enjoying family and fishing . He loves that state, especially in the summer.  Yours truly is going to Oahu next week for six days to experience the tourist side of this island.....Pearl Harbor, the Arizona etc.  Looks like the weather is going to be in the 80's....  Hope everyone is having a great September.
Gerry
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2017 July 19th: Romeo Musings

Well, we are about a month away from celebrating the 80th anniversary of Osco/Savon at Pheasant Run in Illinois.  I believe that is about the life of the resort where we will be greeting ole friends.  Time continues to fly by and it has been a couple of months since the Romeo group has gathered at the General Store.  Kathy and I were there this last weekend and Linda, again, provide that famous service and indicated she missed our Friday gathering. Just look at the progress our country and people have been making over the last 8 weeks.  President Trump is being embraced now by both parties and the citizens are working in a unified manner to develop a workable healthcare program and sensibly address the immigration challenges.  Ex President Obama has been gracious in his after life and looks to be quietly supporting of our governments work.   Ex candidate Clinton, too, has been spending her time working for charitable events and has gotten over her disappointment of her surprising election outcome.  Elizabeth Warren is continuing to feel out a future Presidential run and has been courting Jessie Jackson as a potential VP candidate....dont rule out Reverend Al.  Her recent meeting with Jessie in Chicago was in support of the progress Rahm Immanuel has made in minimizing crime, shootings and murders...........................................................sort of.  We have made huge movement in identifying the key issues of this time.....we are promoting any number of commissions to investigate collusion with Russia and the roles that Ivanka, Don Jr. and Jared are playing is this espionage.  But lets not forget the huge concern about Diane Feinstein and her role in her husbands purchasing of old USPC properties that will make them $1Billion in profit.  Hey, its just a coincidence.  But on another positive note,  OJ is up for parole.  It is said that he has been a role model while in prison.  Justice comes in many forms.  I am sure, as we speak, we will all begin to focus on working real issues, while making tough but reasonable decisions to our challenges.  Wouldn't that be great.  
Gerry
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2017 May 19: Romeo Summer Hiatus

 

Today is the first day of our summer hiatus for our Romeo Brunch gathering.  I know this maybe hard to believe but it looks like the sun did come up anyway, people are moving on the roads, albeit with some tragedy.  The General Store is still serving wonderful comfort food and Russia has not caused the shut down of our White House and Congressional system.  Unfortunately, Rose O"Donnell still hasn't moved north.  Perhaps we can address that next September.  Have a great weekend.
Gerry

 

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2017 May 12: Romeo Luncheon

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.
Gerry
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2017 May 5: Romeo Luncheon

Well the temperatures hit triple digits and were at 105 degrees on the patio as the Romeo Brunch came to a conclusion.  But the warmth did not deter lively and free flowing conversation.  Regardless of political persuasions the rhetoric just kept coming without any hurt feelings.  Everyone had an opinion.....Hiliary should retire from public view, the Antifa should wear masks with more imagination, liberal Facebook postings should be more original, Trump should be acting more Presidential when taking action...and so on.  On the vacation front, John and Sharon McGovern will be setting sail on a cruise next Wednesday from Barcelona and looking to visit numerous countries and cultural sights.  I hope the tour directors talk very slowly for John's sake.  John and Cheryl Roehm will be taking a 35 day European vacation design by John to celebrate their 35th anniversary.  Everyday and their destinations were selected by John.  I guarantee you that it will be high energy and non stop action.  Brent Keil will be spending 5 weeks in Minneapolis this summer and will also look to visit friends in Maine....got to have their lobster fix. Ron Grove is heading to Arkansas to undertake a summer of fly fishing and consuming who knows what.   On another note, Terry O"Malley had knee surgery this last Monday and everything went well.  The second knee is on schedule near the end of this year.  John Spellman is in a new, unique business venture where he and a partner supply sports meals.  Their first two clients; the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns.  It really sounds interesting. Pat Johnston and Dicka Davis have headed back east per usual, with Dick chomping to get back to turning soil.  Tom Nielsen missed today to be out of town for a funeral.  We all agreed that in todays world, the intensity of emotions are polarizing and prevent compromising for the sake of the citizens of this country.  We agreed that we missed the Democrats and Republicans of the 60s, 70s and 80s.  By the way, todays attendees were Brent Keil and Gerry Bay.  There was some scintillating discussion.
Gerry
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