We started the day in Lexington Kentucky, where we watched our daughter take a Tenth Place in Level 3, third test, on Lamborghini Dane.
warm up for the test
The team in the ring…
Then it was on to the indoor arena, where Valerie and her trainer Jenn were riding second level free style. (As I was in Kentucky, I had a Marker’s Mark 46 on the rocks, in honor of TW Samuels, which I shared with Jen, as she was a bit put off by the judging – later fixed.)
Valerie finished 5th in this National Championship class!
In the Arena
Sharon and I motored North, to Columbus, where we did the wedding reception for Beth and Brian – her parents Dave and Jeanne – are long time friends.
Cocktails in the bar:
Spencer Tracy would be envious of this Father of the Bride
Onto the reception
Jeanne, Anne, Beth, Sarah, Dave
The Bride and her sisters…
Six of Us…
Me and my mentor:
After a late, leisurely breakfast, we arrived at the National Equestrian Center to watch our daughter and her friends compete in the USDF Region 4 finals.
Valerie rode in two events, achieving a first in one, and a third in the other: Outstanding!
After the awards, and picture taking, and picture taking, and taking of more pictures,
Valerie, Jen, Lammy, and Rebok – six blues!
The fruits of hard work…
(The above photo courtesy of Michele Morscher.)
Sharon and I drove all the way East to Downtown St. Louis, where we stayed at the Union Station .
A grand place.
One note for the day: The groomer for the horses - Michele – had to have her dog put down today in Columbus. Rather than allowing that personal loss to place a damper on others happiness and success , she put her grief in the background and maintained her usual unselfish, positive, upbeat, helpful, joyful, supportive approach, and contributed to and shared in the joy, success, and happiness of all. She has earned my admiration for establishing a new standard in human behavior… – Thanks!
Today is my Wife’s Beatles (64th) birthday.
In the morning, I had a meeting with Mallory of OFA on the Campaign.
At noon, we drove to Columbus to see our daughter and her husband. In the afternoon, the ladies shopped at Easton
This shopping complex has almost everything, from the outdoor stroll by boutique shops to the major department stores to (off to the side), big boxes.
I read and had coffee while they did hunter gathering activity.
We had dinner at due-amici in downtown Columbus.
At the ‘end of the day’, as they say, it was a nice birthday.
N.B.: Beatles birthday refers to the song “When I’m 64″,,, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCss0kZXeyE
Sharon is in Columbus. I did a W/O at gym, and then lunch at a Place Well Known to Me.
I stopped at Catherine’s Chocolates in Avon, where I bought a lb of covered strawberries for Sharon for VD, and then made a stop for quality time at a Starbucks.
In the evening, it was an ACLU board meeting in Oberlin.
I went to Crocker Park to do some holiday shopping, Sharon got back from Columbus, and we went out to dinner at Johnny’s bar on Fulton with our friends Dave and Sherrie: quaint; busy; and pricey: not for claustrophobics on a budget.
Got back home in time to see the end of the OU victory (Sharon is an alum).
Valerie leaves for Columbus in the AM.
Valerie's Subaru heading home...
Sharon and I had lunch at the vintage cafe.
I worked on organizing in the garage, and got a new heater.
I installed LAMP on this system, and
updated the default web page.
chores: renewed Miniworld sub and Hagerty insurance for Mini – see http://our1960mini.wordpress.com/
I updated Sharon’s iPhone to 5.0.1 IOS
Today we made the trip to Columbus with our daughter’s car and her dog. She and her husband Bill were returning from their honeymoon in Mexico at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoetry-Paraiso-de-la-Bonita/210316388980316
Cap City Grille
The timing was good: we arrived 10 minutes after them, and ate lunch at the Cap City Grille – above see http://www.capcityfinediner.com/TheExperience.cfm
Sharon and I drove back to Avon Lake, and we observed that the Twelve Days of Valerie’s Wedding were over (6-17 Oct 2011).
We arrived home at 4:20 and at 5:30 I left to speak the North Olmsted Kiwanis on Issues 2 and 3.
I stopped for cocktails and conversation at a Place Well Known to Me.
Perusing Facebook in the late evening, I observed my daughter had changed her name: a transitional moment.