"I'm not going to put up Christmas lights next season." So tell me, what happens in the following ten months that changes my mind? And another thing. What happens over those same ten months that turns lights that were working when I put them away, into a worthless green string? Know what? It doesn't matter, because I spent most of yesterday going up and down the ladder a dozen times doing exactly what I swore I'd never do again, and I can't wait to flip the switch this weekend!
....but it was always San Francisco. I remember when I first encountered the Brown sisters about 25 years ago. It was in Chinatown I think.....or North Beach. No. maybe it was Nob Hill. I guess where I bumped into them isn't the point, because they were all over The City. Know what? They couldn't have been sweeter. They took the time to chat, even complimented me on what I was wearing. They were as much a part of the fabric of San Francisco as Coit Tower, Herb Caen, Fisherman's Wharf, and Beach Blanket Babylon. They always dressed identically. That was their schtick . Vivian died about a year ago, and Marian, the younger of the two, died this afternoon. She was 87. They held San Francisco in the palms of their hands.
Lieutenant John C. Kulp, United States Navy. He served in the Atlantic during World War II, and he's still my favorite vet. Always will be. He's 91 and still going strong. My Uncle, who I visited a couple of weeks ago, is 94 and fought the Battle of the Bulge as an Army infantryman, fighting back the Nazi counteroffensive after D-Day. Know what? These guys NEVER want to talk about what they accomplished. In their eyes it was just "another day's work". Unbelievable. And as we acknowledge our vets, let's not forget all the women who served, and still serve. I'm the first to tear up at the sight of a mom coming home from deployment and seeing her children for the first time in over a year. Thank you all so much.
Check out "The Judge" with Robert Downey, Jr. & Robert Duvall. Both men out-do themselves in the acting dept. We saw it last night, and loved it. If you want to see it, don't wait too long. I don't think it'll be in theaters much longer.
....and will for quite a while. In fact I don't remember wearing long pants around the house at all last year. I'm a great believer in the endless summer. It's always 80 somewhere! Our cat Ollie agrees.