The last few years Eric has flown out on the weekend of the Santa Barbara Marathon for a visit and to run the marathon. This year it was the wonderful visit only as he has an acute heel problem that prevented his running. So we were free to play more and eat without restriction.
He arrived on Thursday afternoon. We dropped by for a visit with Phyllis before grabbing some supplies at Whole Foods, some intended as part of a nice long visit into the night at Ralph’s. Friday we had lunch with Tom at Stacky’s and ran around looking at a few housing options for me. Saturday Eric, Tom, and I went on a 30 mile bike ride that included many stops and starts that consumed two or three times as much time as either of them take to reach that distance. Tom finally had to bid our tortoise selves goodbye and speed off to get home, cleaned, and ready for a 12:30 show at the OUTrageous film festival.
Eric and I slugged on to Cody’s for lunch then a great visit with the owner of a beautiful 1964 Bianchi bicycle in fantastic condition that we spied outside. Saturday evening we took in Denzel’s new movie “Flight”. We both liked it but noted the interesting choice with Eric flying home on Sunday. Some of this is documented in the available slideshow that starts with a simple click above.
Eric, Phyllis, and I had a nice Skype video chat with Carol P in England on Sunday and another Skype video chat on Saturday with Jill in Mysore, India during which Jill asked that we water her Meyer lemons, took us on a virtual tour of her digs in India, and introduced us to a curious new Russian acquaintance of hers, Vladimir. This is somewhat documented in the video below (which we are pretending to be a Skype chat with Jill) but what is most documented is the wonderful, fun time we have when we get together.