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Hosted by Ann & Tom Lontz
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Jan & Terry Munn

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Relax After Thanksgiving Mystery Lunch Run
 
November 26, 2017
 
 
 

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Every year we somehow delude ourselves into thinking that the MLR three days after Thanksgiving will be low-key, quiet and sparsely attended. At least that is what relatively new members, Tom and Ann Lontz and Terry and Jan Munn, thought when they volunteered to lead their first try at our signature event. Well…..SURPRISE!!
 

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When Ann and Tom turned up at Kohl’s at the 9am meeting time, there were already a good percentage of the 58 people and 31 cars who had sent in their RSVPs and their advance payment, hanging out together in the rapidly warming sunshine.  Among them were potential member Steve Ryan in his beautiful silver, 65, Fuelie, convertible, Norman Craig and Ronette Garduno with both their Corvettes, Bruce Mofford (always #1 to arrive now), and Steve and Marsue Page without the Corvette at all.  As the time for departure crept closer, the crowd grew by leaps and bounds.
 

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Norm Craig brought his mother, Diane, and Ronette brought her daughter, Kendra.  Wendy Converse drove their new addition with her aunt, Carol, from Boston.  Mickey Diehl brought another friend from her never-ending supply, Terry.  Lana Jenkin brought her friend, Cathy, as Keith is up north with their daughter.  In addition to the new face of Steve Wright, we had Al and Nicole Villa, who had done a Good Samaritan favor for Bruce Mofford and he in turn had done us all the favor of inviting them to come along and hopefully join the club.
 

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As we all got ready to depart, you could see the two-Corvette families (Converse and Craig) as well as the “that’s not a Corvette folks”, the Pages and Crooks.  There was the usual free-for-all leaving the parking lot as Tom and Ann Led us through the streets of Temecula, down by Charter Oaks High to re-group and then out Pechanga Hwy to the Pala-Temecula Hwy to Pala and east all the way to the winding road up to the Palomar Observatory.  Simon and Terry Bleeker served as the rear guard and kept us all together.  Some of the group had been on this route many years back at the same time of year and had encountered snow and black ice.  That day, Al Hackworth became a “60-second celebrity” as he was interviewed for the news on a San Diego station.  This year the weather was almost summery, with temps in the 80s and no snow or ice in sight.  We wound our way up S6 to the Observatory for a potty break and then reversed course so that everyone could enjoy the curves twice.

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The final lunch destination was the buffet at Casino Pauma, new to some of us who thought we had explored most of the Indian casinos in the area. J an and Terry Munn were waiting for us there with all fees paid and tables designated for our group.  The hostess seated us and we proceeded to make up for our missed breakfasts at home by demolishing the offerings available.  As always, we departed in groups or singles, full and happy.
 

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It is a daunting task to plan any MLR, but especially your first.  We commend the Lontzes and the Munns for doing such a tremendous job and suggest that they volunteer to organize the Thanksgiving MLR every year.  John Vara, are you listening???
 

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We still have a couple more holiday events to go – Toys for Tots and the Holiday Party.  We hope to see you all at both. What better way to celebrate the end of another COTV year?!?!.

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