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Passing of the Gavel 2021

Posted on September 8, 2021 by under Community, Events.    

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I missed our Rotary club social at Stearman Field a couple of weeks ago. I really like Stearman so I was bummed I couldn’t go. The challenge I have is that I teach Aqua Zumba at 5:30 PM on Thursdays at VASA Woodlawn and that’s the same time we generally have a social ever other month. I wish it were easy to find a sub for class but it isn’t and so I end up missing out on things. Thankfully, Stephanie was there to take some pictures.

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Norm Duncan, who served as president of our club for about a year and a half, recently left our club because he transferred to the Derby branch of his bank. In July, Cathy Harmon took over but we didn’t have an official “passing of the gavel” event until a couple of weeks ago. It was great to have both Cathy and Norm at the event so that Cathy could present Norm with our gift to recognize him for his service to the club. He served as president during the most challenging time of all. We really struggled to keep the club going this past year.

We couldn’t have Haus of Brews, our premier fundraising event, last year due to COVID so this is the first year that we are once again having it. We’ve resumed meeting in person but it has been a struggle to get members to come to the meetings with almost an entire year of not having them. Attendance continues to improve each week so it’s starting to feel somewhat normal again.

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Anyway, everyone is invited to Haus of Brews on September 25 at Treescapes. Early bird tickets are available now for $35 (the price will go up to $50 per person after September 10) so, if you plan to attend, I highly encourage you to buy your ticket right away. Please help us support the Rotary Club of Andover. See you at our event in a couple of weeks. Until then, GNG!

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Tami’s 49th Birthday

Posted on August 11, 2021 by under Events.    

The ladies decided to have a pool party get together for Tami’s 49th birthday last Thursday. Karen and others started in the afternoon but, because I had work and also Aqua Zumba until 6:30 PM, I couldn’t make it until after. However, Tami had a jug ready for me to hold the sangria that I made onsite.

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I made entirely too much but Tami reassured me that all of it got consumed during her actual party on Friday.

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Karen was in charge of the cake this time and she got it from Dillons who did a great job on her cake design.

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Had the candles not said 49, I wouldn’t believe Tami was that old either. These ladies look way younger than their actual age. Must be all the pickleball.

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Here’s a fun group picture we took on top of Tami’s fabulous waterfall. Clockwise from top left: Parrish, Jenny, Melissa, Janelle, Debbie, Greta, birthday girl Tami, me, and Karen.

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Tami has the most amazing backyard and pool set up. She even has several fake palm trees with lights. And one of them is an outdoor shower!

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We had a fabulous time hanging out and visiting. We even got to meet Parrish’s boyfriend Chad who doesn’t live far from Tami’s place.

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This was only my second time at Tami’s. The first time was a couple of weeks ago when we took the pictures below.

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Tami has such an amazing house and backyard. Her pool is like a resort pool. If I lived there I would never want to leave. I hope I get invited back before summer is over! LOL. Until next time. GNG.

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Kimberly’s Birthday

Posted on July 31, 2021 by under Events.    

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The Friday night pickleball group celebrated Kimberly’s birthday last Friday at Nahola. Brian took one for the team and ended his video game stream early so he could pick up our pizza and have it ready so that none of us would have to stop playing to get food and so the food would be ready by the time play was over. He is such a trooper. It’s Kimberly’s birthday so we wanted it to be special.

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I got a couple of large pizzas — one all meat and one cheeseburger — and some cheesy bread sticks for everyone to share.

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The gang really wanted cheesy bread but when I called they immediately told me they were out of medium sized pizzas. I told the lady it was fine because I was ordering large pizzas but when I got to the cheesy bread she said they couldn’t make it because they make it out of the medium pizza dough. So I ended up getting three orders of cheesy bread sticks instead.

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I really didn’t need to get the cheesy bread sticks because we had more than enough pizza for everyone and we just ended up having most of the bread sticks leftover. I suppose it is better to have more food than not enough.

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Here’s a picture of our kick ass Friday night group. I love these peeps and I love my Friday nights at Nahola. So glad Debbie included me and made me permanent on the roster. Until next time. GNG.

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Logan’s 21st Birthday

Posted on July 14, 2021 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

Brian and I went to mom and dad’s on Sunday for a “family get together” to celebrate our nephew’s 21st birthday. First of all, it’s crazy that he is 21. That means Brian and I have been together for over 21 years. These are the kinds of situations that make one feel super old.

Anyway, Brian and I thought it would be just our immediate family — mom and dad, Jenni (Logan’s birth mom), Jenni’s husband Adam, Matt (Logan’s dad), Jennifer (Logan’s stepmom), Logan’s brothers Quentin and Eli, and maybe a couple of other people. Mom put us in charge of picking up birthday cake and I never thought to ask how many people would be attending because she just said “get together” at her house, which usually means just us. Heck, Brian and I didn’t even bother to dress up. We just came in our workout clothes.

The funny thing is, when Brian went to Costco to order the cake, he debated whether to get the smaller round cake or the bigger sheet cake. He called and asked me and, although I assumed it would be just us, I recommended that he get the bigger sheet cake (the same one that we bought for his and Karen’s birthday celebration at the Belmont) because it’s always better to have extra than to run out.

Once people started arriving at the party, he told me he was glad that we got the bigger sheet cake. He was worried that we got too much cake and, after the fact, we may not have gotten enough.

He was like, “I didn’t realize your mom invited the entire Filipino community.” I replied, “Neither did I.” He goes, “Now I see where you get it from.” Brian has always accused me of inviting too many people to our parties.

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So anyway, here are some pics from the “get together” this Sunday.

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Jenni and Brian patiently waiting for the buffet to open.

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Mom and dad went all out for Logan’s 21st. They even decorated.

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They were also absolutely serious about not allowing any food or drinks at this table… In case anyone had other ideas.

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They seriously went all-out. Look at all this food!

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We had some pancit, which is a staple at Filipino birthday parties because the noodles are meant to signify long life.

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Menudo is always a crowd-pleaser.

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Dinuguan is not really for everyone but I love it.

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I made the mistake of referring to these as “shrimp” — no, no, they are prawns!

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The rice pilaf was great but I think there should have been more lumpia, which are usually the first to run out at parties.

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And then there’s beef — something less exotic for the gringos.

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Besides the chocolate cake that we brought, there was fruit and flan and bico for dessert. Mom and dad truly went above and beyond for this party.

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Brian and I came hungry and were not disappointed.

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Here’s a picture of my plate with a little bit of everything.

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I’m not so fond of feeling old but I was very grateful for the opportunity to enjoy delicious Filipino food which I really only get to enjoy once or twice a year. Thanks to Logan for having milestone birthday to celebrate. Until next time, GNG.

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Player Social at Lulu’s Downstairs

Posted on July 5, 2021 by under Events, Travel.    

There were a lot of complaints about the recent USA Pickleball Great Plains Region regional championships in Colorado Springs last weekend because of the choice of location and the issues that went along with it. However, they did something kind of fun that we didn’t get to do at Middle States in St. Louis last the previous month. Great Plains Region hosted a player social.

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The player social was held at Lulu’s Downstairs in Manitou Springs. It’s a really neat event venue. I’m glad we went because I probably wouldn’t have gone out of my way to check that place out.

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Lulu’s Downstairs has a speakeasy feel and really interesting decor. The front area has a nice bar and then if you go into the back they have a stage with ample seating for shows and such.

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I think the social was meant for you to meet other players but, silly us, we pretty much stuck to our own group. We found the “mob booth” and spent most of the time hanging out in there visiting with our Wichita pickleball friends plus our friend Ben Paquette from Texas.

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Bruce Meyer said he also went to the social but we never saw him. I think he arrived after we left. We left about the time that they decided to close the downstairs portion and made everyone move to the bar upstairs.

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Some people skipped the social altogether but it wasn’t a bad turnout overall.

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Here are some pictures of the “upstairs” otherwise known as just Lulu’s.

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That is all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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