O Box 168 Molalla, OR 97038
|By Tommy Daniels, Special Oakland Correspondent to the
Bowl: Randy and I took
advantage of 2 offerings of the Redlands Bowl concert season:
DMITRI MATHENY GROUP.
Tuesday, July 6
Led by master flugelhornist, Dmitri Matheny, this all-star jazz
band balances fresh, original works with polished arrangements of
familiar jazz classics and the beloved standards of the Great
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
®. Friday, July 9 & Saturday, July 10 The world’s most
popular Big Band returns to the Redlands Bowl for a very special
two-night run. More than sixty years after the public first embraced
the Miller sound, both the legend and the music live on. Larry
O’Brien, music director
Dinner: Searching high and
low, we found a Mexican Restaurant over in Moreno Valley. This
is where we all met on my last night in Redlands. My niece
Kristin came from her home in nearby Corona. Bob drove there
directly from work in Irvine and Randy I drove from their home in
Redlands. We splurged by ordering burritos, fajitas and
I finally got to ride in Bob's brand new car. We took a drive
along Country Club Drive on a ridge of the nearby foothills, ending
up in Yucaipa. It's a beautiful car: peppy and agile.
Palm Springs A second visit
was made to Palm Springs to the home of Terry and Don who very close
to the exclusive Smoke Tree community. After exchanging
pleasantries and inspecting the new meditation courtyard, we
withdrew to the nearby Manhattan Deli for lunch.
Greg, Bob, Don and Terry
As you can see from this photos, Terry will
be shopping for smaller sizes at Desmond's Mens Wear, downtown PS
Terry, Sparkie and Randy
Sails Again Greg is making
great progress on his Roman shades on his Ramada. Each of the
4 are attached to wires and can be drawn open and closed.
More striped panels are in place.
Bob inspecting workmanship.
Tom and Greg in newly created shade.
Night time view of Greg's new pool lights.
Fleas: Randy and I drove to
the historic Rose Bowl to the even more famous Rose Bowl Flea
Market. In the short amount of time that we were there we only
able to see about 1/4 of the stuff for sale there.
Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The Fly Catcher or Pitcher (carnivorous)
plant was being sold there for $30-$40 each. I'd just seen
them at the Academy of Science Museum at Golden Gate Park last
Fly Catcher or Pitcher Plant
School: Friend Claudia is
attending an intensive course of study at a school in Pasadena.
She is staying at Deanna's (Di Di's) house in nearby Monrovia.
Di Di is the grand niece of our late dear friend Howard's. We
ate lunch near Claudia's school at the Soup Plantation.
Claudia, Di Di, Tom and Randy
Claudia and Di Di
Baker: Famous bread maker Jon
shows his latest batch of whole wheat, buckwheat and polenta bread.
It came out of the oven at the perfect temperature. Before he
could get it ready judging at the Alameda Country fair, two slices
Bob start his new job on Tuesday. He will commute about 40
miles in his new car ... a 2011 Hyundai Sonata! I've been here
a week, but have yet to ride in it!! We don't want to get it
Alex: Word has reached us that
former Molalla citizen Roger along with amother Molalla ex-pat
Sandra living in South Texas had survived the first storm of the
Hurricane season! But not without some loss of trees.
Sandra's husband Buck works at getting the downed trees cut up for
Roger new business,
Don's Liquors, was unscathed. He had boarded up windows just
in case. Business boomed as residents stocked up on
More tree damage from Hurricane (Storm?) Alex
Sandra's husband "Buck" sawing up fallen tree
"Buck" and Roger
Springs Outdoor Living: On the
day after the Fourth of July, Tom, Randy and Bob drove over to Palm
Springs (45 minutes) to visit Greg. He has built a large, tall
"ramada". (In the southwestern US, a "ramada" is a
temporary or permanent shelter equipped with a roof but no walls ...)
Greg has hung huge side panels and is now
working on striped Roman shades for the top.
New desert landscaping on the front of Greg's house.
Greg in front of his Mexican Bird of Paradise flowers.
Addition: With the growing cats Phoebe and Jasmine,
it was time to enlarge the "cat cage". This is a structure
attached to Randy and Bob's house which allows the indoor cats enjoy
Like an old fashioned barn raising, the stud wall went up
quickly. The addition of clear acrylic roofing and screen
walls resulted in 30 percent increase in space!
Here are 2 pictures taken during the construction of the original
cat house in 2003---
Crime: I must report a criminal activity that took
place on July 4th in our Redland's neighborhood. Suspicious
intruders were caught on camera, stealing figs from the tree down
the street. About a dozen or so, very ripe black fruit were
found in plastic bags.
Renato with fruit picker
Tall Greg doesn't need a ladder or picker.
Randy, Tom B. and Greg
Greg and Tom B
and Tom B
Word has leaked out that a new car can be found in Richard's
driveway! A nationwide search for a Honda CRV resulted in the
beautiful Toyota Rav4 shown below.
Annual Fourth of July Parade: Several people braved
extreme weather conditions to watch the usual log trucks, horses and
antique cars. (Unfortunately 1967 Chryslers are considered to
Beth, Ben, Kim, Hadley and others.
Grandpa Richard and baby Celia at the parade.
Visit: On Wednesday, Randy and I drove to San Diego
to visit Joe. We called Mike and he joined us for lunch at
Pizza Nova in the Hillcrest area. We stopped at St. Paul's to
get Joe and after a quick visit, we drove to the restaurant at 5th
Avenue and University. We each had a different pizza with the
house salad. Yum!
We drove over to Joe's house on Harvey Road. Friend Angie
was at home. She is a great neighbor and has the greenest
thumb I know.
Angie and Tom
Angie and Randy