Carol had her last tennis lesson today and I wanted to get a couple of photos that I could use on the new Silver Sands website. There is a photo hanging in the clubhouse that I have admired for some time, and wanted to get for the website, but every time I tried to shoot a copy, there was too much glare from the glass. I decided that I would take my own and render it in B&W. The photo itself is not old, but the people in the photo are getting there.

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For those of you who do not get photos of Billie everyday, we are sending you a video of Billie playing the piano. The witch-like cackle you hear in the background is Katie thinking that the musical gene has jumped from her to Billie. I think that there is some Dr John at work there.

Went for a little bicycle ride to La Quinta with some nice people from British Columbia. Our longest ride of the year - could not walk or sit the next day.

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At the beginng of this week Estrella Cabeza Candela was ranked number 96 as a singles player. She lost in the qualifying round at Indian Wells and has dropped to number 101 in the world. She is still a hell of a tennis player. Estrella has been billeted (it is the tennis version of the "couch" tour) with one of our neighbours for the PNB tournament, and as a way of saying thanks she agreed to play a demonstration match at Silver Sands.

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It has been a treat.

Bronwen and Glenn arrived last Saturday. Sunday was the Flea Market at the College of the Desert to buy inexpensive shoes followed by watching a Polo match at the Polo Fields in Indio (including picnic lunch), Monday was the fast and furious visit to Joshua Tree National Park, and Tuesday our guests left for Las Vegas for an overnight, returning Wednesday evening. Yesterday (Thursday) we visited Bill and Linda's, enjoyed Fish Tacos at Shanghi Red's, and got lost at the Palm Springs Street Fair. It is 6AM Friday and it is raining in Palm Desert. Oops, it just stopped. Oops it just started again.

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Do you see the tree on the left in the photo below? That is a Date Palm. For various reasons (including, who would want a 60 foot tree leaning as the one in the photo on their front lawn?) 65 of these trees were removed from the common areas of Silver Sands in the past 18 months. You would think that you would notice it when 65 trees, each 60 feet tall, go missing. Well I didn't. Other more observant people did notice. There has been a hue and cry about replacing them. Even though I had not noticed them disappearing, I am concerned enough that I have joined the Landscape Committee for Silver Sands to determine how they should be replaced. I have volunteered to help with the recommendation for different types of palms that do not lean and do not grow to 60 feet. This will be fun and I will learn something new -- so long as no one issues me a shovel.

Where is the date palm photo?

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I hope that you have a wonderful birthday today, Irene. Thank you for being there for me through the years. IreneBirthday

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The Garland family left Palm Springs yesterday afternoon. It is not lonely here, but we do miss them. We understand they may have had the flight from hell, because of an emergency landing in Albany, New York and many hours of delay. We believe that door to door they were 12 hours instead of the anticipated 6 or 7 hours, and this with a 6 month old baby. Not a good way to end a week of vacation. We are relieved that they arrived safely. Carol can now return most of the baby equipment to the Toys R Us in the basement of the clubhouse.

We go back to the grind. Did you shop last week? No. Did you try to shop last week? No. Do you plan to shop next week? Yes. (This is loosely lifted from the dialog of Comicus and the Dole Office Clerk in the 1981 movie History of the World: Part I by Mel Brooks.)

Thursday night, the second last night for Kate, Jay and Billie in the desert. It was Palm Springs Street Festival night. First a visit with Linda and Bill Popovic our old friends from Vancouver, then all to LuLu's for a dinner of Eggplant Parmigiana; not everyone's favourite, but certainly mine. Dinner was followed by an evening at the Street Fair, and a visit with "Forever Marilyn" the 26 foot, 34,000 pound statue. Marilyn Monroe would be 87 years old. Very good night. Just one error, when Carol, Billie and I left Katie and Jason in Palm Springs to enjoy a little night life, I forgot to give them the pass card to Silver Sands. Carol and I knew we were in trouble as soon as we got home. Katie had not taken her phone. The resort gate closes at 11PM, and we knew they would not be home until much, much later. I ended up sleeping in my car at the front gate for an hour to let them through. Now that will not happen again. The wiser (read older) I get the more frequently these things seem to be happening to me.

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Monday night Open Mike at Pappy & Harriets gets 1 thumb down. The ribs are good and the beer is cold, but the music is not that good. Pete Seeger died last night, and the collected musicians could not really remember the words and music of a single Pete Seeger song when they wanted to perform one as a tribute. The venue is terrific though, and for 1st time P&H visitors, the nooks and crannies of the bar are worth the visit.

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Tonight, Katie, Jason and I are heading up into the high desert to Pappy & Harriets. It is in a little "no street light" town named Pioneertown. It is just a bar, with an outdoor barbecue, and men's and women's bathrooms that are just about outdoor too. Pappy & Harriets just happens to bring in pretty good live music. Big names play here frequently, but I suppose mainly small names. Tonight is just open mike. We might see someone famous that is out slumming, but we are more likely to see someone just trying. Jay is convinced that Katie will sing. Katie is convinced that she will not. Everybody is napping this afternoon so that we have some options this evening. Carol drew the short straw, and loved it.