As a hot air balloon floated
lazily above the vineyards in Paso Robles, California, I began my
drive north to yet another ASM mini-reunion. This would be my third
mini-reunion in San Francisco this year.
Each time the drive is easier and the adventure is more
Leslie Smith Deely ('68) had told
me about plans for a small mini-reunion with her brother Ken (ASM
'70), his girlfriend Sharon Reynolds (both of whom I met in Miami last
August), and an American College of Switzerland classmate of Leslie's,
Cavan Candito. My family was planning to be at my sister's home in Paso
Robles for Thanksgiving, which put me more than halfway to San
Francisco. With a few
minor adjustments to my planned weekend, I was on my way, taking my
daughter with me.
This was my daughter's first trip
to San Francisco and she had recently established an e-pal friendship
with Leslie's daughters, so she was anxious to accompany me.
The trip was uneventful and we
arrived in San Francisco at noon.
I called Leslie on my cell phone and she told me to meet her in
front of the church near her house.
The girls and several friends were planning to go ice skating
down at the Embarcadero, where a special outdoor holiday ice rink had
been set up. Even in
California you can ice skate outdoors in the winter (but you don't
need heavy coats - we are so lucky - we've got it all)!
Leslie and I had sent last minute
emails to every ASMer and ACSer we knew of in California.
Since this event was a very last minute decision, and a holiday
weekend, we figured that we might get a few additional attendees ...
or not. We had heard from
Roger Shepard '75 who was doing his best to make schedule changes in
order to join us and we made a last minute cell phone call to Jimmy
Presley '71 and left a message on his machine.
The teenagers took off walking
towards the skating rink and Leslie and I headed for Hunan's
restaurant. On our way,
we passed by the office of Carlos Lara '69.
Just in case, we rang the intercom, planning to drag him away
from work if he was there. Unfortunately
for us, this was one weekend he decided to take off (what a concept!).
At Hunan's, we were joined Cavan,
Ken Smith and Sharon. As
it turned out, no one else was able to make it, but we had a great
time just the same! We talked and talked all through lunch. There never is a shortage of topics at these mini-reunions.
As usual, we ordered too much food (or talked too much to eat
it), but we had an excellent time.
Later, we walked back down Broadway and stopped for café.
As we sat there our cell phones kept ringing.
What did we ever do before cell phones and email?
I can't imagine!