Sunday, April 19, 2020

A Month of Careful Planning - Carefully Planning - Thank You

We safety broke protocol, determiner of rules, and lived to tell about it.

Foothills With A Kudra And A Mother Hen - Vitamin D Baby 
A few days before the annual Vegas migration that never took place, obviously distracted I was, a text message came in. I sort of gave it some thought but not much. There were inquisitive questions in that text and a few more that were random but one question was regarding borrowing an outfit that I was NOT taking to Vegas. Could You Possibly Drop It Off

Mountain Biking Brings Wonders To Fruition 
A follow up text, this text was back in the teens of March, instructions were to fold the clothes, place them in a canvas type bag, shoes in a separate bag, and place these items on the back porch. Did As Told

Another Elusive Birdie Putt - Missed By That Much 
Weeks go by, C19 explodes onto the scene, it is what it is, a text comes through. 'I am in over my head, overwhelmed, and confused. Can you help me out? PLEASE'

Is This Inviting Or What - All Night My Friends 
Fast forward about a month, I headed their way Friday morning with pure excitement for what was about to unfold. A few of us received that questionnaire text back in March. Everyone followed through, some with resistance, questioning the unknown.

Happy Little Dinosaur 
One of my tasks on Friday morning was creating a dressing room in the garage. Possibly manning the BBQ for a party of 10 on Saturday Night. The "drop off" outfit text went out to 9 of us and ALL 9 of us followed through. Lets Boogie On

The Evening Of The Full Moon - 04/07/2020
Keeping this job very rudimentary, used masking tape on the floor to layout changing stations. Stolen right out of WKRP in Cincinnati. Anchored a long white PVC pipe from those top shelves. Elementary but effective. Everyones dry-cleaned garments hung and dressed shoes placed directly under. Yes, the host paid for all the dry cleaning to ensure disinfected clothing conditions. Everyones appropriate bags were next to their shoes. A clothes pin attached note displaying their instructions to fold, bag their street clothes, and leave them in the garage.

Downtown On One Of My Night Rides
I fabricated a door hanger for the side door leading into the garage that simply read - DO NOT JUST WALK IN - Please Knock First - THANK YOU

 Organic Chicken, Sweet Fresh Garden Red Bells, And Early Season Corn On The Cob 
After the changing station, walking towards the kitchen door, a large bottle of sanitizer awaited those pumping hands. I admonished any minor details while the host continued stove top cooking and stirring. We worked well as a team and happily helped out as I saw fit.

The Poor Mighty Colorado River These Days 
A husband and wife duo rang the host on Wednesday or Thursday bowing out gracefully as the husband was claiming a common head cold had a terrifying grip on him. So now its a party for 8. Two less decorative table settings worked out for the better. What Would Cosmo Say

Loki Eyeing Up The Dudes Putt For A Solid Birdie Toss 
Everyones peregrination into the kitchen from the garage lit up their demeanor like a neon shop sign flashing OPEN. They were mesmerized or even captivated by all the insignificant details that went into this party. All the pre-texting questionnaires were a hit for building excitement leading up to the evening. And almost everyone made the comment," Do you know how long its been since we were out of the house on a Saturday Night?"

Another Parking Lot Roof Top Photo - Waiting For Mr Moon To Rise 
Me Personally, this weekend was so overdue. You have to understand something. As a bodyworker, I work on 2 to max 7 bodies a day, 9 to 25 bodies a week, and I haven't embraced even such as a friendly hug in months. I throughly enjoy gatherings, mingling, and interacting with mankind. I see value with human interactions. We all understand how beneficial human connections effects our minds, daily life situations, and well being.

Stoked About Fishing Out My Shark 
A pre dinner antic, one of the games was Double Yahtzee, I quickly sketched out sheets for everyone while the musical notes lofted across the room. I basically took two sheets of paper, folded into fourths, opened and tore, created simple columns without a ruler, and WALLA we had 5 playable columns to fill in. Two sets of five dices, one cup at 12 o'clock and one cup at 6 o'clock. You and the person across from you ONLY have one roll but together you agreed on what the best option for your sheet. The team of two combined rolls so we ended up up some wicked three of a kind combinations. The cups then move clockwise to the next "team" and so on. We quickly blew through the first game and eagerly played a second round while I bounced between the game and the BBQ.

My First Attempt With Acrylic Paints 
Talk about a riot!! This complexed counting game created a real sense of a communal vibes. We were cheering for each other, rooting on each outcome, and all the piss poor American egos went out the window. All while building up an appetite and hysterically laughing. Best Recipe Ever 

My Niece on her 25th - I Call This The Nebula of Moe #0001
Socializing over dinner was another highlight for sure. A full spectrum of concepts, current arts & craft projects, and dreamy travel plans as soon as possible. Of course we all shared photo phone pictures of pets, seasonal holidays, and other random tidbits.

Pull Out Your Favorite Book And Have A Seat 
We eventually spilled out back as the fire pit called. More synergetic laughter filled the quiet night sky. Stories from our youth. Ideas about whats next. Fixing all the first world problems. The must see Netflix series. Mostly, dominated by gratitude. Lost count of how many times I heard " This Is Great" and "Thank You". Everyone was so Phuc-N polite and appreciative. Love That

Pak Choi - Lettuce - Arugula - And Baby Beets 
The first two said their goodbyes and departed by 11pm ish. I would have to chalk that up to the first front that moved through. The 6 of us gazed upon the dancing flames as if we hadn't camped out in ages. You Know That Stare

More Salad Greens 
My heart was full of life again. We all felt full a life again. We all felt the true nourishment of camaraderie. Giggling like no others business. Chatting was the normalcy again. Desire for making eye contact just felt right again.

A Beautiful Row Of Gold Beets In Need Of Thinning 
By the midnight hour, we be a party of 5. A little bit of rain didn't bother us.

Easter Sunday Sunset - Just After The 8pm Howling 
Shortly after that, we now be 3.

20F / -6C So I Waited Until 36F / 2C To Hop On The Road Bike 
One of our many common denominators throughout the evening was how we are all jonesing for live entertainment. Again, me personally, I was attending live shows at least twice a month BCV. I mean, the YouTube shows are lifesaving, but not quite the same. Right

Colorado Bluebird Day - Might Be 40F / 4C By This Shot 
I so miss the buzz of packing, pre-gaming in the hotel, embracing with old friends, and cutting loose like there is no tomorrow.

The Dude Owns The 4th Hole 
But our evening last night was our own microcosm and we mutually agreed just how wonderful it was to spend time surrounded by friends again. Zoom meetings have a purpose but doesn't do the body justice. Plus, none of us could wait until 2021.

Classic Story Here 
By about the 2am hour, it was me, myself, and I. Alone with my own thoughts while the propane enriched flames captivated my sleepy brown eyes. Reflecting upon the best weekend since my wedding trip to San Diego.

Point Perspective - My Artistic Flare 
The evening felt a little like living out the movie The Big Chill. Without the suicidal friend, minus all of us growing up from a young age together, and we certainly lacked the hollywood entourage. But the dancing, yes. Group activities, yes. Tackling the dishes collectively, yes. Cute funny stories, yes. Diving deep into tough subject matter, yes. Dissecting sensitive topics, yes. It was safe gathering, a welcoming bunch, and truly inspiring evening with no ulterior motives. Simply Being

The Dude Thinning The Golden Beets AND Carrots - He Is The Man 

GOALS: 
  1. Burn The Legs
  2. Give The Acrylic Paints Another Go
  3. Consume More H2o
  4. Foam Roll Those Hammies 
  5. Check In With Absent Friends 

This post was our own doing. This blog is my own journey and journal entries. This post wasn't intend to step on any toes, promote a renegade lifestyle, or falsely create a projection that anyone is above the law. Yes, C19 Is Real. We collectively updated each other weekly regarding our health, body temperatures, and safety first in general. We were extremely cautious about clean hands, sensitive to others that were on the fence about joining us, and purposely did not offer up finger foods. No chips and dip, no basket of breads, and our corn was served with skewers.

I Sure Hope NONE Of You Have Been Offended,
Cheers

69 comments:

  1. ...being an older duffer I quite to be locked down for a while, I don't to advance my expiration date!

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  2. Hi, I really enjoyed this post-you guys all took precautions and were able to enjoy each other's company-that's awesome! thanks for sharing
    from the lake Kathy

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    1. This Weekend Brought Me Back To Life - Beyond Fantastic And Much Needed

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  3. Great post, Padre. It sounds like good planned safe fun. A great memory that will last forever!
    Take care and stay safe!

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  4. Sounds like a fun,safe evening and I'm not judging. Like the 'old duffer' above, I'm locked down for now. Being immunosuppressed and I'm not heading out for anything but running. Tough times. I want a vaccine.

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    1. So I Researched Immunosuppressed - Did You Have An Organ Transplant

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      P.S. Yes, Please, A Vaccine For All

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    2. No organ transplant--I have RA and I take a medication to suppress my immune system from attacking me. It still attacks me but much less than it did before. I can't be tied down to an illness...lol!

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  5. The problem is that if you do it, why can't everyone and not everyone will be as careful as you were? Here if such a thing happened, a neighbour would have called the police and you all would have been fined over $1000 each. My state of over 5 million people recorded one new infection yesterday. ISO is not easy but it works.

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    1. My Buddy In San Diego Said The Same Thing - Its A $1,000 Fine - The City Started Warning The Surfers And Then Finally Started Writing Tickets

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    2. It's more serious in big cities. The fine here is actually $1500 and with our exchange rate, double the value in the US. At times I cry over family who we cannot meet and celebrations that can't happen. Never mind not being able to go out and sit down to have a meal.

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    3. Couldn't Agree More

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  6. Now I feel happy that I had my dose of adventure from my brother the Padre! First that Mother Hen looks so adorable! Plus those snowcaped mountains which re always my favorite here on you space. That beautiful full moon photo with its shine so bright and those lettuce which I would really love to try and plant in my garden. As of now we have mustard, sweet potato, and some native beans and gourds at our garden. And my favorite this time is the firepit! Oh I would love to have that on a cold evening!

    Stay safe and yes Padre, I am with you on more H2O because I seem to becoming more dehydrated without even noticing thes epast few days, (Heat here now reaches at 40C! 100-104F!)

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    1. Right On Steve!! Right The Phuc On!! Soon, You Will Have Greens Too - That Fire Pit Was A Savor - The Light Rain Came In Waves But The Fire Made The Difference - Our 40C Are Right Around The Corner - Will Pound The H2o This Week - Thanx For Checking In!!

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    2. Always my pleasure to visit and go with you on your adventures Padre! Water is key! Brand new week begins :)

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    3. And I Sure Hope That Week Treated You Well

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  7. Hello, I assume that chicken was not the chicken on the grill. The meal does look yummy. Your gathering sounded both fun and safe. Hubby is a higher risk, so we are staying home trying to stay safe. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy healthy new week!

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    1. Classic - Didn't Even Register That Correction - You Crack Me Up

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  8. Ah, extroverts. Introverts like me are fist pumping the politely worded Stay At Home Advisory, YES! ๐Ÿ˜บ Take care and stay safe.

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  9. I'm glad that you got what your spirit needed. It sounded as safe as it could be and like a fun time. Black Dog sends virtual kisses and wants a bite of that chicken!

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    1. Been Needing Some BLK Dog Love - Sure Enjoy All Of Your Photos - Thanx For Being You

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  10. I'm such a introvert nothing is different except now people actually steer clear of me not the other way around. Glad it went well for everyone, and a good time was had by all!! Those greens look scrumptious.

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    1. The Greens Are Thriving - Enjoy The Week

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  11. Take care Padre, I know it's a hard situation but it won't be forever, just a short blip in time ๐Ÿ’™

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  12. I do believe if we all stay sane and safe we can have a little party, it heals and helps us!

    Dunno if you read about my orthopedist? I lost him.
    He was the 11th doc I went to with my hurting ankle and he found the easiest way to help me.

    He cannot afford "cheap" people like me no more and feels so sorry everybody - as most are old people - got snail mail, informing us.
    In Germany bureaucracy is doing so much harm, if you like check here...
    Do you make home visits? Like to Braunschweig? ;-)

    And... never ever go without H2O! Add cucumber, too. Melon. Lemon...

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    1. Favored Water Is A Favorite - Sending Health & Light Towards The Ankle - Very Interesting Link And & I Do Home Visits - Mostly For The Elderly - Many Of Them Are On A Sliding Scale - I Would Never View Them As Cheap - Plus, They Always Have A Baked Good Of Some Sort

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  13. You really know how to have FUN, and safely, too!! Good pictures of it all! Wow, you are a really good artist, I love the paintings. Is this greenhouse yours? I am impressed! Your Easter sunset is gorgeous!!

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    1. Fun Is The Key - Good Artist?? Me??? I Am Quite Pleased You Loved The Paintings - I'm Having Fun With Them - The Easter Sunset Was Rich

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  14. Good to see your photos - the veggies are coming along well.
    Stay safe there.

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    1. Glad You Saw The Photos - Not Bad For An Old iPhone

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  15. i am not offended, only jealous!! i enjoyed all of the details, i read every word and was really captivated!!

    i LOVE the garden, at first i thought it was yours?? is it yours?? great job with the paintings, i have been to several paint parties and they are so fun!!

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    1. The Hoop House Is Out At The College - Been Filming The Dude For His Virtual Classes These Days - Painting Party, Brilliant!!

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  16. What a beautiful garden , I love your vegetables!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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    1. Loads Of Work Now That The Students Are Away - Thanx For Checking In

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  17. This crisis changed our habits, we need to disinfect everything now, can't rely immunity anymore but I see you are doing very well and found some very nice ways to fight boredom and deal with restrictions. I like your niece, her smile spreads positivy to all those that look at her.
    P.S.: I only wish I had a garden too...

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    1. My Niece Is A Classic And A Very Happy 25 Year Old - Gardens Are A Joy And I Encourage That Behavior - Enjoy Your Weekend And Thanx For Your Kind Words - They Really Help Make A Difference

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  18. Definitely NOT offended...just inspired!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    My only wish is that I could have been there too...everyone here appears to have lost their sense of adventure.๐Ÿ˜•
    I say WELL DONE YOU!!!
    Coincidentally, I have taken up painting again too!!

    Have a super day...and stay funloving!๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers.

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    1. Outstanding On The Painting Front - Learning A Lot About Acrylics - Together, Lets Inspire The World - Be Well - Enjoy The Day - And Have A Terrific Weekend

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  19. I read it an d I like your post very much. Thanks.

    From April 29, children aged 12 and under will be able to play team sports again, under supervision. Children aged 13 to 18 will be able to play team sports, under supervision, however, the 1.5-metre distance rule applies.

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    1. Thank You - An Outlet For The Little Ones - Wonderful - Stay Strong

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  20. Beautiful greens! We used go plant them too in our parents garden, but beavuse of the virus we stay home all the time, so not this year... The chicken looks so yum, love organic meat! Stay safe everyone ☺

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    1. The Greens Are Healthy As Can Be - Very Happy They Are

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  21. That moon shot is fun!
    Your garden and food photo, yum.
    lovely Sunday to you.

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  22. Humans are social beings, and it's hard for all of us to keep away from each other as long as we all have (and probably will need to be in the future). I certainly don't blame you for wanting a gathering, and it sounds like you handled it in the most responsible way possible, keeping up with each other's health and keeping it to a relatively small group. It also sounds like a lot of fun. So rock on!

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    1. Rock On We Did - Olga Would Have Had A Gem Of A Night - Thanx For Checking In Brother Man

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  23. This may be the new way to do things going forward, glad it worked out well.

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    1. Yikes - Sure Hope Not - But You May Be Right

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  24. Love the photo with the critters with the hope that the chicken is not the same on the grill. Nice goals

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    1. Yes, Those Dinosaurs Are A OK And Thanx

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  25. It was certainly an excellent weekend and the important thing is that you had the proper protection care. Being with friends is so good.
    Your niece has a beautiful smile. I loved the painting.
    I really liked the photo of the full moon and the sunset, they are fantastic.
    Take care and be happy and well.
    A big hug

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    1. My Niece Is A Classic - What A Moon - Thanx Ever So Much For Checking In - Enjoy The Rest Of The Week

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