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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cheers! Why Not?

Bridge Dinner at Halter Ranch Paso Robles AVA
     Over heard eldest daughter saying to youngest "Life is for celebrating."
      I had "doctored" a Petaluma chicken that was French Roasting in the oven and the sisters were busy as co conspirators in prepping a Mother's Day dinner. What sage wisdom I thought.
      The American Republic is under attack by stupidity and blind allegiance, the North Korean tin god is playing with missiles again, someone used American spyware to hack the world, boomers of a certain age are beginning to notice the maladies of extended exposure to gravity including troubling diagnoses, insurance and Medicare and Medicaid and profit and greed and politics are rumbling and wrestling as a nightmare in daylight to say nothing of the real misery of refugees, victims of wars, victims of climate change and no one seems able to fix a damn thing. We humans can certainly make a mess of a perfectly good world and ourselves! 
      The option to celebrate then is perfect. Certainly more fun than hair shirts, self flagellation or sitting in the dark. Celebration might just remind us that life is a gift, a treasure and works best when shared. So we begin this week with a round of cheers! And where better to go than our neighborhood wine country.
the spring bridge dinner
         Dappled sun, an old California ranch, friends, and festivities



    Talk about a field kitchen!
the Halter Ranch Bridge and the table is set







less formal more intimate
 the common antidote? friends and family
Lago Giuseppe-Paso Robles AVA

    As we watch our screens and see the crazy human drama unfold, remember to hug someone once in a while, smile at as many people as you can, raise a glass with friends, recharge your spirit, freshen your outlook and when you are ready, go back to being toe to toe with that which threatens. It is good to celebrate what we live for.

     Cheers!  See you down the trail.


13 comments:

  1. Any day you can still open your eyes is a good one.

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  2. Grilled Octopus Salad, huh? What will they think of next? Anyway, great and needed overall message.

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    1. Thanks Steve. Miss our Cambria interactions. Hope all is well in the southland.

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  3. Your grand daughter is LOVING it too--
    CHEERS!!

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    1. She is a source of continuing delight and excitement. We should never loose the joy of child hood.

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  4. The Octopus looked wonderful...I bet it was tender. Cheers to you and yours, looks like a great get together.
    Mike

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    1. It was very tender. As it had been grilled it had a nice smoky flavor as well.
      It was a special night.

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  5. Thoroughly uplifting post, Tom, and I'm fascinated by what seems to be a psychic link between the dog and the child in the highchair.

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    1. I think they found the correct frequency.

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  6. Thanks for this post. In my work I run into Nazis, misogynists, racists and complete idiots. Then I meet a daughter of Mexican immigrants who run entire departments at Amgen...gives me hope.

    Then I go home, get a kiss from my wife, have a nice drink and an even better meal. Anze the dog licks the plates, I can look at the moon through the trees and I'm glad I'm alive until I read the next round of bullshit out of the oval office.

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    1. As the men said---"Keep Hope Alive" and "The Dream Never Dies." Somewhere in the thick of it are men and women of such loft and vision. Time for them to emerge.

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