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2017 February 10: Latest from the Romeo Luncheon in Scottsdae

It was a typical Valley of the Sun day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s as 16 gathered on the General Store Patio.  We confiscated three tables and 15 of the limited chairs so the group could feast on the latest information and the tasty cuisine.  We had a special appearance by Chris Dimos who was on his way to Chicago and wanted to stop by and catch up.  In truth, he was on his way to give a brief presentation in the Valley and the patio was a great side trip.  He looked great with way too much of a tan which casts big questions on his work ethic at McKesson.  His oldest is finishing his masters and also spent time on projects in Africa and also Iceland.  These kids.  His youngest is in his second year of college....seems these boys are following in the shoes of their mom.  Kevin Tripp also stopped by after a visit to a medical clinic for a strained back.  He alluded that he and Tiger Woods suffer from the same ailments.  Too bad they don't swing the golf club the same.  Curt Larson was devouring his typical 7 course breakfast after a very relaxing week playing golf and hiking in the valley.  He certainly seems like he is relaxed.  Tork made his first snowbird appearance and looks great.  He is in town for two months and looking forward to a nice warm stay.  Bill Harbeck made his appearance dressed as if he expected some snow.  He will be leaving for Chicago in a week or so, to house sit, baby sit and just to catch up with family and friends.  Arlyn White stopped by again just to get a light lunch.  He chose the 5 lb tuna salad and I didn't see him take anything home.  Jim Willyard looked great and indicated that he had his Echo test and everything checked out fine.  His heart has improved and he is back walking 4 plus miles a day.  He is dedicated.  Dave Schoenbeck was attired in his shooting attire and he said that he went to the shooting range with members from his church.  I didn't realize he was part of the Branch Davidians...............  Dick Davis looked great and was socializing with Tom Nielsen and his eggs Benedict.  Tom is very active in the upcoming annual brunch to be held the first of March.  Ron Grove and Brent Keil joined Dave Schoenbeck with the same menu choice of the Southwest Burger.  This is a departure for Ron in that he usually munches on the Tuna Melt.  Haven Ready is taking his annual reprieve with Paula, from the rains of Seattle.  Nice to dry out for a change.  Frank Stock, trying to act nonchalant because of the latest market performance, didn't pull it off.  We tried to get him to forecast the first half performance, but he just smiled.  We did venture in to some timely topics that were very low key......but it seemed that some had strong opinions about deportation, immigration, travel bans, healthcare and Hiliary.  When the topics came around to Baracks recent vacation activities, it was obvious that it was just too polarizing.  

I failed to acknowledge my lunch companion who was sitting next to me, Mr. Dennis Pierini.  Dennis is staying in a Fountain Hills home for two months that he has rented for the last 8 years.  It is a real find from my personal observation.  Of course, he would never travel without his wife, but also his faithful Golden Retriever.  They spend a lot of time traveling and seeing what Arizona has to offer.  Dennis, forgive my for omission.

Everybody, take care.  Gerry

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2017 February 3: Latest from the Romeo Luncheon in Scottsdale

We had a great group of 11 individuals that attended our weekly gathering and we were rewarded with weather suitable for patio seating.  Curt Larson received the longest distance award as he begins his 2 month stay in the Valley of the Sun.  He was attired in a colorful polo shirt suitable for refined eating.  Arlyn White also was in attendance and looking the same, as always.  He is beginning his month long stay here and will be having visitors joining him throughout his stay.  Kevin Tripp, knee replacement and all, was also in attendance eating his power breakfast.  Good to know his surgery was a great success and he is back on the course.  We also had the pleasure of Mr. Tim Sauer around the table and he was recounting his fantasy baseball trip to Florida with retired Minnesota Twins as his coaches.  Minus a 2 day stay in the hospital for a bout of the flu, he was no worse for wear.  Dick Davis, the last man to receive his lunch order, was as patient as ever and was describing the gourmet menus of food his next door neighbor, who is from Sardinia, had been cooking up.  How about Octopus, oysters, and on and on.  Life is good.  Pat Johnston, was forced to eat his breakfast off his lap because we were surrounding our small tables.  For the most part, all the food made it to his mouth.......sort of.  John Spellman was a welcomed returnee from last week.  He has so much going on that we rarely get to visit with John...life is good and his wife is improving greatly from a troublesome hip surgery.  Frank Stock took some time away from the market to join the banter, and it paid dividends after see how the market finished up.  Mr. Ron Grove always enjoying his Tuna Melt was carrying on long awaited conversions with Arlyn and group.  Not sure which he likes more...the food or the people.......I know.  Also, another food aficionado, Brent Keil, was again devouring his Southwest Burger with a side of gourmet onion rings.  He used to be an omelet lover, but obviously he has broad tastes.  There was some political discussion, but the laughter ended that.  Have a great weekend all.
 
Gerry
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2017 January 27th: The Latest from the Romeo Luncheon

The latest from the Romeo luncheon in Sunny Scottsdale:
 
The weather in the Valley of the Sun continues it unique ways with strong, cool winds on a 52 degree day.  But that did not dissuade seven grizzled souls from venturing out to the General Store.  Great to see John Spellman, Russ Weber, Dennis Pierini, Brent Keil, Ron Grove and Dave Schoenbeck and yours truly.  We did have a quick visit from Kevin Tripp who stopped by after his visit to the Physical Therapist. He looked great and said that he is back to playing golf after his knee replacement.  John Spellman and his family have been very busy with many projects, one of which was helping his wife recoup from a hip replacement that refused to heal.  Thank heavens, she is almost back to normal.  John also has undertaken a business adventure with a friend and that takes some of his spare time........not much there to speak of.  Dave Schoenbeck has told us that he has been invited to lecture at Southeast Missouri State University (his alma mater) to 200 eager students.  This is scheduled for late February and we are all anxious to hear about his entry into academia.  I don't think its presumptous of Dave to want to be referred to as doctor, or simply professor.  Dennis Pierini just got into town las Thursday after fight the ice and snow coming in from Chicagoland.  He is looking for a golden retriever puppy as a companion for his other golden.  Unfortunately, he lost his other gold friend a little while ago.  Russ Weber has been in town for a week or so, first attending a business lecture for several days.  It is so difficult to endure all that food, drink and golf.  Thank heavens I am not working any longer.  He will be returning east next Monday.  Ron Grove, looking great, has had a great few days attending the car auctions.  It takes a lot of self control for him not to pick up a few of those wonderful vehicles.  Brent Keil was indicating that Carol had recently had a knee injury that left her with a torn meniscus.  Frustrating for sure.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  It seems our weather  will be on a warming trend.
Gerry
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Sav-on Reunion - a Resounding Success!

Dan Quinn tells us the October 13, 2013 event was a huge success, with nearly 200 attendees!  Dan has also sent us photos from the event which will be included as a feature in the next Connections newsletter.  We're in the process of sorting through the hundreds of photos from the event and will post on-line shorly.

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The 2013 Walker Golf Cup

The 2013 Osco/Sav-on Alumni Golf Outing was held on Saturday March 2nd at “The 500 Club” in Phoenix, AZ. The weather was great and we had 31 brave hearty souls signed up to play. This year marked the 1st annual event re-named “The Walker Cup”, in honor of Ken Walker.  

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