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PostPosted: Thu 12/3/09 1:43 pm    Post subject: Holiday Idea Reply with quote

Not to alienate any other posters here but being as it is there are a few of us here in Socal, would you ladies like to get together sometime for the holidays? Thought we could chat Dodgers, Padres, or whatever. I know of at least Sunnyblue & dodgerblue, so even if it's a small group, let me know what you think. We could pick a place for drinks, dinner, whatever. Post here or PM me about your availability.
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PostPosted: Thu 12/3/09 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could do that it is only 2 hours away. Just lemme know and if I am around I can be there.
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PostPosted: Sat 12/5/09 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like a great idea but good luck pinning me down! lol I will be working as many hours as I can get in before Christmas. Also (DB knows this) I have a new boyfriend whom I'm trying to find some time to spend with. Yes, he is a Dodger fan! He's coming to the family getaway from Dec. 24-26 which should be fun as he'll get to see how crazy we all are (and I hope that doesn't scare him away!) Very Happy Could I suggest maybe doing this the week between Christmas and New Year? I like the idea. We could wear our Diamond tees too.
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PostPosted: Sun 12/6/09 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While you all are getting together out there, maybe I can get some of my Cardinal gals out here together.
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PostPosted: Sun 12/6/09 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I had in mind was maybe someplace like Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, you can sit out on the patio outdoors and enjoy the ocean view and all the flowers. Sunnyblue, you mentioned living near there. And River dunesrat, I think it would be wonderful to have you make that drive if it works out. I'll see what I can do about that week between Christmas & New Year, but we have visiting family from the Midwest coming in and they'll be wanting to get out and do a lot around the area. We're going to the Holiday Bowl that week too, and are planning on the Rose Parade too. If I can work something in between all this I'll see what I can do. Linda, we have not heard from you yet?
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PostPosted: Sun 12/6/09 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops! I was in the middle of composing a post a couple of days ago and got summoned to do something else immediately. Sorry about that!

I too appreciate the suggestion but would also find it hard to narrow it down to a date. Right now the only absolute dates/times I have available in the next couple of weeks are on December 13 and 23. I'd like to check with Nurse Cozmo, too. She hasn't been here in several months due to computer problems, but I'll be seeing her tomorrow night. And I agree that it's great RDR would come over the river and through the woods (mountains) to join us.

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Also (DB knows this) I have a new boyfriend whom I'm trying to find some time to spend with. Yes, he is a Dodger fan! He's coming to the family getaway from Dec. 24-26


And I'm happy to hear that's still on. Good for you, Sunny! Very Happy

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What I had in mind was maybe someplace like Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, you can sit out on the patio outdoors and enjoy the ocean view and all the flowers.


Sounds lovely! I'd like that. Smile

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I'll see what I can do about that week between Christmas & New Year, but we have visiting family from the Midwest coming in and they'll be wanting to get out and do a lot around the area. We're going to the Holiday Bowl that week too, and are planning on the Rose Parade too.


The drawbacks of living in a resort city with so much to do! Especially with December weather that is typically very nice, so many people do want a winter getaway to warmer climes. Not to mention the football factor--for both the residents here, and the tourists the bowl games draw. I'm more than likely going to the Poinsettia Bowl if not both of the local games, but having three bowl games within 125 miles of us, and so much else going on, makes it really difficult to plan. (Never mind that I'm also supposed to be going to the December 20 Chargers game.) I've got visitors coming in later this week through January 2, too. They are a family from MO whom I met at a game when the Cardinals were in town last summer. We became friends after I opened my big mouth and offered help. Wink So I won't be responsible for hanging out with them the whole time, although I did say I'd be happy to accompany them to a few points of interest, and then made tips and suggestions about other things to do. I actually do like to show off the area because it allows me to have some fun, too. (Not that I don't have enough fun on my own.) Smile And I know a few things the guide books don't include, or that only locals who aren't trying to make a buck would tell a tourist.

Also, moving on--for myself, I found a cruise under $100, and a friend and I are planning on taking it sometime before mid-January. But at this point, who knows when exactly that will be?

Let's see if we can make this work, and if not, there are other times throughout the year. But I do like the thought of it being during the offseason, too.
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PostPosted: Mon 12/7/09 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another question is what about Crzblue? I have not met her yet & I haven't seen her post in some time now. I do like the idea of Quail Botanical Gardens too, especially with that patio and ocean view that is mentioned here. BTW it is now called San Diego Botanical Garden, don't know if you all knew that. It would be kind of festive right there in the Poinsettia Capital and yes as it is noted it would be very close to me. I was just thinking if we had someone coming from the LA area we could stay close to San Diego. But whatever everyone decides is fine. I don't mind driving if I have to, and if I have the time available. If not then I will catch you all the next time, if it happens again.

I don't know if I'll be going to any bowl games this year. That may not be something that will work in my schedule, and I usually like to go to them, too. My brother is going to the Rose Bowl, though, the traditional game, not the national championship.

To DB:

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The drawbacks of living in a resort city with so much to do! Especially with December weather that is typically very nice,


Tell me about that, my cousins expect perfect weather every time they come out from Iowa and even though they aren't coming this Christmas they bitched about the one rainy day we had on their stay here last winter. The rest of the time it was near perfect, lol. I think that is a big reason why my dad kept us here once he got out of the Navy, he knew for sure family would visit us. Smile I know you've also had a lot of out of town guests this year from other states. That stuff just comes with the territory.

And also I just read what you wrote about Nurse Cozmo, please let her know when you see her that we did post a happy birthday to her.
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PostPosted: Mon 12/7/09 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will do that, Sunny. As for Crzblue, no, I haven't heard from her and haven't seen her post in awhile. A couple of years back, we had an offseason gathering of SoCal fans and met at Jeff Suppan's restaurant in Woodland Hills. Suppan gave us a tour and talked about some of his memorabilia. Crzblue went to that. It was a lot of fun! The food was good, too.
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PostPosted: Wed 12/9/09 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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we had an offseason gathering of SoCal fans and met at Jeff Suppan's restaurant in Woodland Hills. Suppan gave us a tour and talked about some of his memorabilia. Crzblue went to that. It was a lot of fun! The food was good, too.


That sounds like it must have been a lot of fun. I'd like to do that sometime too if the opportunity came up.

Has it been chilly enough for you gals? I don't care too much for weather in the 50s unless it's at night. The last couple of days have been pretty gloomy with cold and rain one day, and cloudy and chilly the next. Let's try to stay warm. We don't really ever use heat in our house, but we've thrown an extra blanket or two on the last couple of nights.

Sunnyblue: how nice your brother will get to see the Rose Bowl. The bowl game officials of the Poinsettia & Holiday bowls will be in San Diego this week.

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BTW it is now called San Diego Botanical Garden, don't know if you all knew that.


After I posted that I did find that out. Thanks for correcting it. I liked Quail in the name better.
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PostPosted: Thu 12/10/09 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That sounds like it must have been a lot of fun. I'd like to do that sometime too if the opportunity came up.


Let's do it sometime then, even if it's just you and me. I need a little drive. I've been on my mountain and desert side trips, but I haven't been to L.A. since the regular season ended. Will probably go to the Rose Parade, and possibly take a few day trips to the City of Angels between now and the end of the year (one to visit family, another for holiday shopping at the ballpark--which could be combined with one of my out-of-town visitors' sightseeing trips).

But, maybe some weekend in January, before Jeff reports to ST...which is when we did it the other time.

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Has it been chilly enough for you gals? I don't care too much for weather in the 50s unless it's at night.


Yes! Pretty darn cold but should warm up again next week (just in time!).

I turned on a space heater the last couple of nights, but since like you I'm energy-conscious and not living very far inland, I don't need it except on rare occasions. Last time I used it was in January of this year, I believe.
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PostPosted: Wed 12/23/09 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have not been on the board much while working my butt off but now I can finally relax and say I'm off for a few days. We will be heading up to Wrightwood and some chilly mountain weather tomorrow, with snow, then coming down to the bright warmth & sunshine after a couple of days. I plan to get cozy with the new BF and enjoy time with the family. Anyone think they could make Sunday or Monday this next week work? If you are around and are available then post here, let's consider seeing if this works.
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PostPosted: Fri 12/25/09 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've gotta wrap some things up for Sunday's service tomorrow (Saturday), but Sunday or Monday afternoon/evening work for me. I'm working in the mornings of Tuesday and Wednesday, then hitting the Holiday Bowl game and pre-game tailgate Wednesday afternoon/night.

Yes, in a nutshell, Sunday or Monday afternoon/evening are fine with me. Others?
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PostPosted: Sat 12/26/09 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you talked to Cathy lately and do you know her schedule? Riverdunesrat can you make it on short notice in the next couple of days? Another thing I thought, if we get together in the afternoon, Danny has a couple of his men's baseball (not softball) league games coming up as they always play the week between Christmas and New Year. Those games take place in North County, for anyone here who misses watching baseball, thought those who would like to join me to watch can do that afterward. There are some good looking guys on this team too! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 12/27/09 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Those games take place in North County, for anyone here who misses watching baseball, thought those who would like to join me to watch can do that afterward. There are some good looking guys on this team too!


Sounds pretty good to me!

I'll call Cathy later this morning. River, let us know if you can do this, and if so, then PM me with a cell phone number and we'll firm up the time and location. I'm thinking early afternoon today or tomorrow. Since today would be really short notice to allow you a couple of hours drive, let's see if we can put it on hold until tomorrow if that works for you.

Finally got everything wrapped up to officially close out the Advent/Christmas season at work yesterday. So now that I'm winding down, I'm looking forward to this!
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PostPosted: Sun 12/27/09 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey ladies! Glad we were finally able to make a go of this on what were kind of last-minute arrangements!

Brunch was great and so was baseball! Smile

River, sorry to have missed you.
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PostPosted: Mon 12/28/09 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was too, but I understand it was such a small window of opportunity for those of us here in town to even make it to the same place at the same time. I was so happy to see you again DB and you too Cathy, it was nice to get to know you! One thing I loved was getting to see some baseball played in the middle of the offseason, instead of just chatting and enjoying brunch, although I did enjoy Sunday brunch too. It was just nice to have something to do with our common theme which is how we all met here. Especially since we couldn't seem to figure out how to make our schedules work for an Arizona Fall League game, lol.
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PostPosted: Mon 12/28/09 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps RiverDunesRat can join us another time. But I really enjoyed myself with you two yesterday. Thank you to Sunnyblue for recommending the winery location and their Sunday brunch. Thank you also for directing us to the ballgame! If we can get Nurse Cozmo to come sometime that would be fun too. See you at the Holiday Bowl? As you know we too have out of town guests this week, and it's a busy week. I'm glad we worked this in.
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PostPosted: Tue 12/29/09 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to be so out of touch.

I drove to Show Low in North East AZ before Christmas. We left at 10:00 am Tuesday the 22nd for a six hour drive up the mountain.

That drive turned into an eight hour drive. We encountered heavy snow fall. I had only driven in snow one time before at Big Bear in the late 80's.

That was the most nerve-wracking 2 hours of my life EVER!!!

Some fool in a van in front of me kept breaking and therefore, I also had to break. I quickly learned that I had to accelerate VERY slowly, otherwise I would fish tail and slide.

As we approached my friends house, I nearly ran off the road into a ravine. My Mother just kept saying "thank you God" over and over again. I secretly also was repeating the same.

The remainder of the time in Show Low we were shut ins. I didn't want to travel out into the elements, PERIOD!!!

I decided to leave earlier than originally planned and was SO glad I did, as today they had more snowfall.

I realize some of you live in snow country. My question is: How do you do it? I will take a 115 day over snow any day.

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PostPosted: Tue 12/29/09 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I agree! (Although I don't have AC in my car!) Smile

I've driven in heavy snow only in Laguna and Big Bear, like you. I also got stuck in heavy hail and light snowfall in Ohio, when I was on a cross country trip in late 1989. I prefer dry weather which it is here at sea level 95% of the time. (Well, duh.) I'm a pretty safe driver in general, although I tend to speed on occasion--and I usually know ways around chronically bad traffic areas. But my theory is pretty much that life is too short to be inconvenienced in the winter.

I'm glad you made it home safely, River!
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PostPosted: Wed 12/30/09 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thx Linda. Me too and you don't know how good it felt to speed down from that mountain!!

Forgot to add that I was sad to have missed the meet up. As someone else said, another time.

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PostPosted: Sun 1/3/10 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how drivers can do it in heavy snow either. I put up with it on rare occasion if I have to, mostly though we don't go into the mountains while it's snowing, but afterward. But even then, if it is snowing, my brothers both have 4WDs so when we take family trips, they drive. DB I'm like you, I'd rather work my way around traffic when I can and like you, I do not have a long commute, just a few minutes one way. So being inconvenienced by weather, and even by heavy traffic which I hardly ever run into is like a foreign thing to me.

Riverdunesrat, I have never been to Show Low, what is it like there?

And to those of you who were looking for us at the tailgate before the Holiday Bowl, I'm sorry I wasn't able to get there in time. Some things came up I had to take care of. That game really sucked too!
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The game was definitely the worst of the Holiday Bowl games in its history. It had to happen on the one drizzly day of the week. The rest of the week was so pretty even though we were gone for a couple of those days in the desert because we drove over to Vegas right after the game ended. We came back to such a nice day Saturday it was better even than usual for this time of year, it's hard not to want to get out and do something. We heard from friends in Indiana that it was around 10 there and couldn't resist telling them we'd gotten home to even better weather than when we left. Before the Charger game started Sunday we were out at Balboa Park wearing shorts and sunscreen, and everyone seemed to just be enjoying the day. There's something peaceful it does for you to have nice weather. Nationally televising a Charger game on a day like that just doesn't seem to be fair, kind of seeing like the Rose Bowl game a couple of days earlier. My son is going to the national championship game on Thursday at the Rose Bowl, and it's looking like more good weather through the week. I wouldn't mind getting out to see another baseball game again soon though.
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The weather has been really exhilarating. It's hard to describe to people elsewhere what it does to my spirit, but I relate to the feelings you elaborated. At a time of year when daylight hours are shorter, I embrace being outdoors for whatever amount of time I can be. Being at a baseball game would be even more sublime.

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My son is going to the national championship game on Thursday at the Rose Bowl, and it's looking like more good weather through the week. I wouldn't mind getting out to see another baseball game again soon though.


I'm jealous!

Hope to see you again soon!
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PostPosted: Tue 1/5/10 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you ever find Nurse Cozmo, DB? Is she coming back to the board? She wasn't on that much last year but I read some of her past posts too, she always seemed to have a sharp wit.
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I talked to her a couple of weeks ago. I'll issue another APB via text message. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue 1/12/10 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sunnyblue wrote:
Riverdunesrat, I have never been to Show Low, what is it like there?


Well, you can check it out here.... http://ci.show-low.az.us/

If you have ever been to Mt Laguna or Big Bear, it is much the same as far as scenery. Show Low has a large Mormon population. It is a great area and I often thought I might like to live there until I experienced that snow. NOOOO Wayyyyy. They can keep the snow.

My friends live outside of town and my God daughter lives in Snowflake where they get less snow but is still cold.

If not for the snow I think I could live there.

In my recent search, I found the area of Tehachapi which is above LA in Kern County. I thought I might like to live there. It is close to civilization yet far enough away to live rural. Perhaps one day I will move there.

Anyone else got any ideas for me?

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In my recent search, I found the area of Tehachapi which is above LA in Kern County. I thought I might like to live there. It is close to civilization yet far enough away to live rural. Perhaps one day I will move there.

Anyone else got any ideas for me?


The Tehachapi area is very scenic, just beyond the Angeles National Forest, with a lot of ranches; elevation is around 4000 feet so it can get chilly. I've heard of snow coming through there from time to time, but probably not heavy snowfall. Just a few questions, is there a reason you're thinking of leaving Yuma? Is your purpose simply to live rural, be close to civilization, and yet still enjoy decent weather? If that's the case, what's wrong with Jamul, Dulzura, Guatay, Pine Valley, Bonsall, or other such places? I think I know people who live or have lived in all of them.

Oh, by the way, I wanted to share a funny story with you. An acquaintance of mine (someone older, who's lived in S.D./East County for many years) recently told me her husband has family who just moved from North Dakota to Yuma. They want to have a family reunion there soon, and she and her husband are going over. She said she's never been there, not even driving through, before. That in itself was peculiar to me, but then she told me and a few other friends of their plans to take a couple of days to drive there. A couple of days? When she was informed she could be there in a couple of hours she was shocked: Shocked "I thought it would be an 8 hour drive or so." Apparently she had no clue where it was on the map and hadn't even bothered to check it out yet! Surprised

The real kicker to the story is, she actually lived for a couple of years in El Centro! Which makes me wonder just how someone can be so clueless???

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That is funny. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat 1/16/10 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That IS funny, but in a clueless kind of way as you said. Sometimes people just don't pay attention to their surroundings.

You can tell your friend to contact me if you like. I can always use new friends here. I have had three good friends in my time here and one of them moved away to the Dakotas, ironic huh?

I can help them get their reunion planned as I know much about the area. No I'm not the Mayor but I am on a city board, the Community Tree Board. It is a lot of fun and I get to know the rural parts of Yuma.

As for wanting to move DB6, that is because one day my Mom and I freaked out at how long we had been in AZ. She, 20 plus years and me 16. I freaks me out to think that I may live longer in AZ than in CA my home state where I am a 4th generation San Diegan and my daughter a 5th.

Going back to SD at this point, and I checked into a couple times was WAY too expensive so I thought I might like to look elsewhere in SoCal.

I passed through Tehachapi one day while on my my to visit a friend in prison in Coalinga and thought it was a great place. There is a prison near there that I could work at, as I used to work at an AZ state prison here in Yuma.

So that was my thinking. But with this economy San Diego may not be as far off as an alternative as it once was. I'll keep ya posted.

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Thanks, I'm going to call her today anyway, so I'll let her know she can contact you.

Yes, prices are up again in S.D. although if you were looking a year or so ago there were some very affordable places to live. Of course, now that I make less than I did several years ago, I couldn't afford to buy them anyway. But a lot of friends who could not afford to buy previously, did buy homes last year.

Still, did you check the places I suggested which are much less expensive in general? Other friends I know have moved to outlying towns like these, because the cost of living is cheaper away from the coast. You knew that is a rule, though.

Well, good luck with everything.
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