Saturday, May 2, 2015


TLE and I began our day with a walk over to Simple Simon's Bakery and Bistro to meet our daughter (Meredith) for breakfast at 8 am.....whenever we are in town we almost always head to Simple Simon's at least once.  Yelp gives them a solid 4 stars on 536 ambiguity there!

Mission Inn Ave.

Even at 7:40 you could already feel the air warming up.....the projected high for Friday was 91.  We sat outside to eat (coffee and a bagel for me).........we talked and laughed to the strains of classical music playing on the outdoor speakers.

After we finished we took a walk to the southern end of the outdoor mall......we have walked that direction on more than one occasion, but I did not remember the statue of Martin Luther King at the very southern end of the mall........

Around 9:30 we bid Meredith adieu......she had an appointment to head to......and we began our walk back home.  One of the main things on my schedule to accomplish before we head north in a week is to pressure wash the rear radiator on the Newell.  We just spent about 3 months in dirt and dust with occasional winds......there is nothing dust likes better than a greasy environment and that is what the engine bay is.  I had noticed the operating temperatures increasing over the past 30 days, and had no doubt that was due to the radiator fins becoming clogged with dust.  Even though Friday was a 'hot' day I decided to tackle the job around 11 am as the heat of the day approached.  The heat tends to soften up the grease and grime in the engine bay/radiator and, therefore, it is easier to pressure wash the grease/grime away.

Of course, whenever I clean the radiator I completely unload all the stuff I store on each side of the engine and clean out those areas, so from start to finish it took me 2 hours, and by the time I retreated inside to the refrigerated air I was operating on fumes.

Other than hooking up our gray water tank to my daughter's sewer cleanout so we could dump the tank, I spent the rest of the afternoon mostly inside reading, and waiting for the heat of the day to pass.

Around 6:30 pm we headed into Ontatrio to meet our kids, and future in-laws for dinner at Yugen Sushi........just to be clear I am not a sushi person, but I am open to new experiences so while my heart was really down the street at our favorite Mexican place, intellectually I knew I should give sushi a shot.  

Kate (right) took this great 'usie' was way better than my attempt

I ordered a three item combo which included Tempura, Teriyaki Chicken, and one sushi item (Spicy Tuna rolls).  I actually enjoyed the Spicy Tuna Rolls.  To chase the meal I ordered a 22 ounce Asahi beer (Japanese).  

As you can see (above) we had a large group.....I was able to spend a lot of time talking with Laila's (Tim's intended) grandparents (Mark and Cathy), and Nick's (Kate's fiance) parents, Jack and Nancy.  We have been to their homes previously and I have known Jack and Nancy since I used to pick up Nick to take he and Tim to high school every day.  All that being said, this was the perfect opportunity to get beneath the surface with them, and that is exactly what we did.  We had a wide ranging conversation and learned a lot about each other we didn't know before.

We were home by 10, and decided to watch the current (recorded) episode of 'Amazing Race' before heading off to dreamland.

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