Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jim’s Birthday 2014

Both of Jim’s brothers and their wives came down to the Phoenix area to spend Thanksgiving in their condos.  Yesterday was Jim’s 65th birthday (yah Medicare) and Don and Ron took him/us out to dinner to celebrate. 

We met the family at their condos…they are close by to each other…to see them for the first time.  We were very impressed and happy for them to have a place to get away from the extremely cold weather of Alamosa, Colorado.

We went to Arrowhead Grill for dinner and it was fabulous, marvelous, terrific!!!! 


To be honest, we’ve never eaten in such a posh place before and it was quite an experience. 

We lived it up with drinks and appetizers


We had calamari

and small but succulent raw oysters advertised to have a “mineral finish”

The prices were staggering IMHO with every item a la carte but everyone raved about their meals and how everything was so flavorful and tasty.


Several had the swordfish

while Jim had a prime rib.  That’s suppose to be 10 oz. but looks bigger.
I had the chicken (whole) carved at table side.
Even the platting was exquisite.

The evening was finished off with Jim being presented Arrowhead Grill’s famous butter cake served with ice cream and chocolate syrup complete with a flaming shooting rocket.

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Even the leftovers were specially boxed in lined personalized boxes with the name of food inside and the date.

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Oh, oh, almost forgot to show you the funny birthday card Cindy (Ron’s wife) gave Jim… are going to laaaugh!!!!

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A big, big, big thank you

to Ron, Cindy, Don and Debbie for your company, the generous dinner and for sharing Jim’s birthday with you.  We had such a good time!!! It was a wonderful, wonderful evening of great food, family and laughter…..memorable.

Remember, you are loved (too).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Latest Activities in Mesa

One of my personal mottos or mantras is “people are more important than things”. So our rig is a little dusty and the laundry piled up a bit, but we’ve been having a great time with friends and making memories for a lifetime.  Going out to lunch with friends or meeting folks for happy hour is more important than polishing the cabinets or writing a blog post.  So be it.

We met Angela and Kenny at Waldo’s BBQ for lunch one day. 

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It’s a quirky place with “interesting” d├ęcor. 




This pretty piece is anchored to the ceiling.




Wow, it certainly lived up the Yelp rating. The other three had the brisket or pulled pork sandwiches, but I got the super sampler platter with ribs, brisket, pulled beef and pulled pork (yes, I took most of it home).

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Here at Mesa Regal they have a monthly manager’s happy hour where the beer flows for 25 cents a glass.  Boy does that bring out the troops.

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We also revisited the Hall of Flame Fire Museum in Phoenix.  We originally went there, I think, in December 2007.  I’ve just spent the last hour going through past blog posts trying to find out when we went there originally and I can’t find anything.  I know we went there but can’t find out when….another good reason to write down your activities in an actual calendar so you can go back and check out things….I do that now.

This is a wonderful fire museum.  One of the top in the country…another great one is Oklahoma Firefighters Museum in Oklahoma City.

Early pumper
Ornate very early rig
Collection of helmets and fire trumpets
Fancy-dancy fire truck still used in parades today
Early ladder truck
Some of the 30+ panels of fire badges from all over the world
Fire dispatching center of old. There is a speaker broadcasting live radio traffic from the Phoenix Fire Department.
This switchboard was used from 1927 to early 1970s…imagine
Many rigs were ornate for show

Jim found the badge from Alamosa Fire Department on one of the many panels.

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We’ve enjoyed several happy hours with neighbors.  Finally having a social life and meeting folks just when we are about to leave….dang!!!

I’ll finish up with our activities tomorrow.  But till then, remember you are loved.