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A Trip to California for an Anniversary and a Birthday celebration - Oct '06

Cherie and I had an invitation to join my Brother-in-Law Mike in Southern California for a Anniversary/Birthday celebration.  It would have been his and my sister's 51st anniversary and his 39th+++ birthday.  No matter the reason, it never takes too much arm twisting to visit SoCal at this time of the year.  The weather did not disappoint, nor did the pleasant company.  We met Mike's friend Anita, and had the pleasure of hanging out with George, Brian, Lorie, Jeany and many of the friends that came to the party.  Unfortunately, Mike's brother Joe was not able to make the trip.

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The reason for our journey documented on this lovely (and very tasty) cake.
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Mike and Anita! Anita is a lovely person and we are glad that Mike is no longer alone.
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Some of our favorite people! George made the trip from Hammond, Louisiana and Lorie and Brian came all the way from Montana to be here.
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Cherie and Anita posing just before the other guests arrived for the party.
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The Perlows came from St. Louis, Missouri to be here.
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Here Cherie is posing with Pam Vetter. Pam served as the event coordinator at my sister's memorial.
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Mike surrounded by the most important women in his life. Missing is Veronica, his granddaughter, who had other obligations.
Lorie is wondering how many more of these snapshots she will have to hold still for.
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Bellying up to the bar!
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Friends and business associates Patricia and Sam.
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The caterer is bringing out the Anniversary/Birthday cake. Tasty stuff!
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Hanging out in the Family Room with some of the early arrivals.
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Testing the pool the next day!
The air temperature was balmy but the pool was a chilly 64 degrees.
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George seemed unfazed by the cold waters, but the other wuss was ready to get back out.
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Pressed into hard labor by our host!
Arno repairs the plumbing under Lorie's and Brian's supervision.
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Mike out in the garage polishing the faucet handles.