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1/28/18 MLR Hosted by Teresa & Simon Bleeker

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“They took us up to heaven, down to hell, and then back up to heaven again”

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MLR January 28, 2018
Hosts:
Terry and Simon Bleeker

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Clearly, the route to Heaven to Hell to Paradise and to Heaven again is a relatively long and convoluted one as most of us are finding out during our own life stories. It certainly seemed longer than the approximately 67 miles advertised by Terry and Simon Bleeker during their January Mystery Lunch Run.

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Unlike our last event, way back on Friday, only two days ago, this day dawned warmer by about 15-20 degrees and sunnier by a long shot. Terry had warned us to bring jackets as we would be having lunch on an outdoor patio, but the hardy COTV guys came in their shorts and shirts (of course, Sommars and Weeks came in matching shirts….AGAIN!) Terry said that they had RSVPs for 30 cars and approximately 60 folks, but we never did manage a solid count, so let’s just go with those approximate numbers.

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Among the new or not-so-regular faces on hand were Chuck Sherman’s brunette daughter, Debby; Norm Craig and Ronette Garduno’s neighbors, Rebecca and Larry; Mickey Diehl’s friend/guest, Tony; and a familiar face with a not-so familiar face, Scott Dittmer of Precision Brake and Alignment (a very active COTV sponsor) and his lovely wife, Stephanie, in their ’69 Camaro since their Corvette is under the weather, like a lot of us have been so far this year. Scott came for the fun and also to invite us to the Second Annual Sponsor Appreciation BBQ which we share with the Drifters car club. Mark your calendar for March 17 and remember to wear green as it is also St. Patrick’s Day. Watch the website for further news and start planning what side dish or dessert to contribute.

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The run kind of got started on time, but a lot of folks forgot one of the cardinal rules in the MLR Guidelines – the leader needs to be at the front of the pack to lead. MLRs are not races but enjoyable group drives through beautiful countryside. Our hosts go to a lot of trouble to plan them and it is only common sense to let them lead the way. Anyhow, Simon and Terry were able to eventually work their way to the front of the pack each time we stopped and they had the able assistance of the MLR coordinator, John Vara, bringing up the rear and making sure no one got too lost.

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So the tour of Heaven and Hell, started by going west and then north on 15 and then west again and through the lovely avocado groves of the De Luz area. The roads are challenging and sometimes the hills can be hellishly steep. (If you need new brakes after this one, go see Scott Dittmer – he can help you out.) We wove through Fallbrook and made our mid-run potty stop at Grand Traditions Estate and Garden., the Paradise on the tour. Many members have been there for brunch or jazz concerts or had a family wedding at the venue. We bet that many more members will be returning and taking the tour or attending some event. Marsue wants to find out about some of the unusual succulents, so she has her own reason to go back soon.

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After a brief stop to see the beautiful venue and use the facilities, the group moved on southward, following Olive Hill Rd until we crossed the 76 to move on to Camino Del Rey. We saw the remnants of the Lilac Fire of late 2017 – another small taste of Hell. Fortunately, the damage at the Camino Del Rey Training Center where so many horses perished was not visible as they have done a miraculous job of clearing the grounds and the recent rain has helped to green things up. However, we could see the fire retardant along the roads and the shells of homes. From this landscape, we headed eastward under the 15, along Old Castle Road and into the Valley Center area. Now, of course, we are wondering if our final taste of Heaven will be a casino buffet, maybe the Valley View. But no….we wound our way up another of many hills to the new tasting room facility of the Hill Top Winery for a lunch on their patio overlooking the currently dormant grapevines. After a choice of pulled pork sandwich or marinated chicken soft tacos, the tour of extremes came to an end. Simon offered to lead those who wanted to keep together as a group on the way home. Others chose to take one of the several options home through the land of Indian reservations and casinos (Valley View, Harrah’s Rincon, Pauma, Pala and Pechanga.)

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Thanks to the Bleekers for a marvelous and never BLEEK January day! They sure know how to turn a straight line to lunch into a long and meandering tour East, West, North and South through our own backyard in SoCal.

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Keep your eyes on the calendar for more fun with COTV and read all your emails from Darlena and Curt, who have been busy planning more and more things to do together in 2018.

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1/26/18 Beakfast Social @ Richie’s

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Breakfast Social
January 26, 2018

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The day of our first breakfast social of 2018 dawned gray and chilly. Many of the attendees brought jackets and gloves and wore sweaters to ward of the mid-30s temps. We all remember that COTV usually takes over an OUTDOOR patio for these events so in the summer we may be too warm and on days like this, too cool.

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Our “breakfast goddesses”, Marilyn and Carole, planned another winner. As Chuck Isenberg said, if you go home hungry from Richie’s Diner, you have only yourself to blame.  Marilyn and Bill just got back from a “camping” trip to Borrego Springs last night, but still made it to Richie’s to greet us at the door. Unfortunately, Carole and Leonard just got back from a cruise and were so sick they didn’t make it to breakfast at all. In fact, they were sick throughout the cruise. We thank them for keeping their germs to themselves and that goes for Bev Weeks and some others who did not join us. Terry Isenberg was a no-show, but she has a good excuse since she is recovering from knee surgery. Even with a couple of cancellations, we had 42 hungry members on hand.

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Steve Ryan brought along a friend, Mark McHose, a Cadillac aficionado. Bruce Mofford came for a brief stay and left to have some work done on his Corvette. Marsue Page came without her working husband and Jim Sommars and Don Weeks paired up since neither of their wives were with them. Marti Schoemann, who has been missing in action for some time, came along to grab a meal with us. John McDermott, who claimed he was finally germ-free, joined the crowd for his first official appearance as President in 2018.

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Richie’s staff did a great job of getting the orders taken and the food delivered quickly. We didn’t hear any complaints about the taste of things as people cleaned their plates as well. The side of the patio who had Karlee as our waitress want to thank her for doing a tremendous job for all of us and smiling though the whole event as she kept us fed and poured more and more coffee.

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After the crowds had dissipated, a smaller planning team worked on some of the upcoming trips for the club. We recommend that you all keep an eye on the website calendar and your e-mail box for more details. If you are interested in joining in on a future road-trip, go to the calendar, find the days involved and click on the More Details button to see what sights you might see and what hotels have been suggested for the group. Even if you don’t want to participate in a car show, you might be interested in other facets of a road trip.

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Other events, such as COTV Cruises are also on the horizon. Don’t miss out on the opportunities for fun and friendship. You will be welcomed with open arms whether you are a charter member or a new member and there is no better way to get to know everyone than a trip together.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS

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FROM THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Happy Holidays from the Leadership Team

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12/10/17 COTV Holiday Party

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WE DIDN’T GET TO SEE THE PREZ SHOW OFF HIS MOVES!

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BUT WE STILL HAD A GREAT TIME!


Jingle Bell Rock
December 10, 2017

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It was the last, but certainly not least, social event of the COTV year. It was the last time to EAT together. It was the last time to catch up, even though many of the members had seen each other each of the last 3 Sundays, so there wasn’t too much to catch up on…..except of course the Lilac Fire and evacuation orders obeyed and not obeyed. It was the last time to see everyone all dressed up for the holidays. Every year, it is amazing to see how different everyone looks in their Sunday best.

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The official head count was 94 according to outgoing Events guy, Jim Sommars, and incoming President, John McDermott. Unfortunately, illness had felled the current President, Glenn Crowther, but John and Jim ably held down the fort.

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Journey at Pechanga looked its usual festive self, with decorations and a warm fire in the fireplace, once you managed the obstacle course to get to the parking lot through the various Pechanga construction projects. As with all COTV events, there was a crowd in place before the 6pm starting time. People arrived early to stake out the best table for easy access to the buffet line and for what they thought would be the best view of the evening’s entertainment. More about that failed idea later! Jason and Joe Marshall wore their best red holiday shoes. Curt Stevens and Hans Boers sported festive ties. Some of the guys were unrecognizable in their seldom worn formal wear.

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Cynthia Lee sang ballads in the bar area to get us all in the mellow mood. The bartenders kept the drinks coming while people arrived and chatted as they moved from table to table. With such a large group, it was a mix of old-timers and first-timers. When the dinner bell rang (when announced that the buffet line was open), it didn’t matter how long you had been a member, just how fast you could get to the head of the line. The buffet had several salads, potato leek soup, and a variety of entrees including chicken, salmon, lamb chops and steak, along with whipped potatoes and vegetables and a variety of breads. Some folks dropped off their plates and then checked out the dessert selections before they started in on their first courses.

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After the food was downed and the coffee poured, Chef Anton, the headlining magician, changed all those best laid plans and moved his act from the central area everyone had focused on, back to the bar area where he could ask everyone to gather round in order to see his act close-up. Magicians are always better seen from a few feet away, so you can try to figure out how they can even do anything.

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All in all, it was another successful ending to another successful year for COTV. John McDermott, in his short remarks, promised more of the same in 2018 and we will hold him to it! Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season with friends and family. See you in 2018.

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12/03/2017 COTV Toy Run

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 0930

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Toys For Tots 2017

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Every year since we changed our holiday charitable gifting focus from Spark of Love and the fire stations to Toys for Tots and the Marines, we have increased our generosity by leaps and bounds and this year broke all records. Our members come out in ever larger numbers and the piles of donations are testament to their support of the Marines and their desire to help youngsters in need.

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This year almost 100 COTV members signed up in advance for donuts and to meet SSgts Ryan Ratigan and Jordan Hawkins and Corporal Melvin Pena who drove the truck so didn’t have to wear his dress blues. Simon and Terry Bleeker were the embodiment of the holiday spirit as they dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, also forming a sleigh and horses with their white car as the sleigh and several red cars of various vintages as the reindeer. They posed for photos with the Marines, their COTV friends and even little children who thought Simon was the real thing (and we all know he is the real thing, don’t we?).  The weather, which had started out cold and foggy became nice and sunny by the time people started to arrive in larger numbers. Those of us who were there early were still wearing our jackets as we cleaned up the parking lot and set up the donut table. By 8:30 the convertible tops were down and holiday t-shirts were the order of the day.

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At 10:30, everyone helped to load the truck with the bags of goodies and Mike and Doreen Alewine’s generous annual gift of multiple bicycles. We cleaned up the donut detritus and packed up anything that needed to be packed before Rob  led the main group up to the luncheon destination in Murrieta. Curt Stevens brought up the rear, although word has it that Rob tried to lose everyone with some misdirection about potty stops and uphill climbs.

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RJ’s Sizzlin’ Steer was prepared for a huge group of about 90 for lunch (the largest group for which they had served such an extensive menu), on top of their usual Sunday brunch and Sunday football crowds. They had set up tables in the outdoor patio area and RJ himself helped Marilyn, Carol and Daryl to decorate even more than the restaurant’s already nice holiday décor.  Daryl added some little table plants and candy canes for folks to take home at the end of lunch. The menu was large and very varied so there were choices to fit all tastes and dietary needs. The service was great and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We thank the servers for their good natured efficiency and smiling faces.

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At this rate, we are going to outgrow any possible lunch destinations for 2018. As always, we want to end this article with thanks to the Marines for coming to make this a special occasion, to RJ and the restaurant for making it fun and tasty, and to COTV folks for their generosity once again. We look forward to our last meal together for 2017 at the holiday party at Pechanga next Sunday. Our best wishes to everyone for happy holidays with family and friends and more fun together in 2018. 

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11/26/17 Mystery Lunch Run Hosted by Ann & Tom Lontz and Jan & Terry Munn

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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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11/15/17 Sponsor Appreciation Dinner @ Applebee’s

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A group of 30 COTV members converged on the Murrieta Applebee’s to show our appreciation for their sponsorship. Although the group was somewhat small, the appetites were not. “Batman” Bruce Mofford (who signed Applebees on as a sponsor) did a fine job of working with Melissa, the manager who insured that we were served promptly with good hot food and drinks to order. The servers were plentiful, prompt and courteous. As always, when our club gets together, a great time was had by all. Look for Melissa (pictured below with the “Batman” to also be at the Temecula Applebees when she takes over management there as well. Thanks to Bruce for obtaining this fine sponsor and for setting up the dinner.

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11/12/17 Vettes for Veterans

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Vettes for Veterans 2017
Sunday, November 12

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It was a rather chilly morning as we met at the Kohl’s parking lot at 7:30 to 7:45. The car told us it was 47 degrees out when we left at 8am. Jim Sommars arrived early, but not in his Corvette, to take names and reorganize the run. His car was in the hospital at Paradise and it sounds like there is something that needs professional help, so we wish him well. He asked Rob to lead the parade in his absence. The old car guys, Bill Steed and Joe Priebe, had left earlier so their slower pace wouldn’t hold up the group. The Alewine/Bryant/McDuffy contingent also drove down at their own pace, after breakfast at the Swing Inn in Temecula.

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Glenn Crowther (Patty was doing home tour duty for the Women’s Club), John Olivas and Linda Wilson, Manny Macedo, Mike Re, Bob Smith and Rose Street, Mickey Diehl and Friend, John and Fritzi McDermott, Jason Marshall and the Webers were joined by Skip Hipp (who came to hang out with us) and our newest member in the newest car, Jeff Kilpatrick in his 2017 Grand Sport, which has no plates yet (his wife Denise was also doing home tour duty). This group got down to the Shoppes at Carlsbad in about the allotted time of 45 minutes and parked in the row reserved for COTV and anchored by the 5 earlier cars. We collected our goody bags and registration materials, which included a dash card saying “This Corvette is owned by a Veteran.” We are proud to say that more than 50% of the cars were owned by veterans and that included many of ours.

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The sun briefly peeked out through the clouds, but it stayed cool and cloudy most of the day. That didn’t stop the usual shorts wearing guys from wearing those shorts. Some of the women were glad for a jacket however. This location for the event is better than the original one as there is easy access and a much larger selection of food options. Panera was very popular for coffee and a bite after the cars were parked and cleaned up from the drive. Lunch seemed to focus on Islands or the Pizza Press which offered very thin crust, make-it-yourself pizza which hit the spot as well.

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The selection of cars to view was excellent, although there are always some which provoke amusement or amazement. Everyone bought raffle tickets so we all had to check the board on an hourly basis to see who won a wonderful raffle basket. COTV winners were Mike Re, Jason Marshall and Bill Steed. The very large selection of Silent Auction items was worth perusing, especially since we all knew that all proceeds went to the two selected charities, Paralyzed Veterans and the Semper Fi Foundation. Many of the members of both were present, a number of them in wheelchairs and with service dogs. In addition, these veterans were responsible for judging the cars by class.

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After the Silent Auction was over and Jeff Kilpatrick and Jason Marshall got to collect their winnings (good thing that Joe and Krista Marshall came down with the truck to take home their purchases), we moved on to the awards announcements. The three winners in each generation got cash prizes with $1000 to first place. More than 50% of the winners donated the checks back to the charity pot. As usual, our COTV winner was Joe Priebe and he also made the generous gesture of giving up the cash prize. Unfortunately, he was our only prize winner this year. However, COTV almost won the participation award with 19 cars registered. We were out-numbered by North County Corvettes who had 20 cars registered and who also announced that January 2 is the first day for registering for Plastic Fantastic 2018 and that it will be in the same location for at least this next year. So, watch the website and your email for further information on that great event.

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Even though the weather was not as sunny and bright as it might have been, our group had a great time at another great event for a great cause. Please keep this one in mind for 2018 as well.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and hope to see you at the sponsor appreciation dinner, the MLR, the Toy Run and the Christmas Party. Let’s all share the holidays season with out COTV friends and family!

 

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11/08/17 Breakfast Social @ Breakfast House, Los Tejabanes

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Well, we can check another meal of our list and also count it as the last official breakfast social of the year.

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Just over 40 hungry food fans met at Breakfast House, Los Tejabanes in Menifee and as always the group started arriving earlier than the 9am meeting time. Glenn was actually there at 8 as he mis-read the time on the website. For most of the crowd it was a first visit but Manny (also there at 8 since Diane set the alarm a little early!) and Diane Macedo have been frequent diners and told us we would all enjoy ourselves. It seems we did, if the photos of full and then empty plates are anything to judge by.

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The menu offers lots of choices, both Mexican breakfast items like chilaquiles and more American items like corned beef hash and eggs. The waiter, Daniel, was very efficient and accommodating with such a large group and made sure all of our orders were customized as requested . The only error was on Harry’s dish which came with red sauce instead of green, but he said it was really good that way. The rest of the staff helped to get the food on the table in a very timely fashion.

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As always, no one seemed to leave hungry. Hopefully, they left room for more Mexican food for dinner at Thursday’s membership meeting.

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We want to thank Carol and Marilyn for another successful outing and also thank them again for signing up to do this next year. Maybe we can make it a permanent position, since we doubt that anyone else could do such a good job!

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