I'm sorry I don't have any pictures for you in this entry! Between the intense heat, a dip in the pool, a beverage or two, a steak dinner, and a lively discussion with some college-age youngsters, I'm just about wiped! I think I have just enough energy in me to have a piece of apple pie while we watch some Olympics, then I'll be hitting the hay!
We took a route we hadn't taken before, up from San Diego to Yucaipa. It took us through places like Temecula, Sun City, and Riverside. It was quite dry and really freakin' HOT! All the leaves were brown, and the skies were gray....errr, wait. That's not right. That's a song. The hills were brown, but the skies were a bright blue with an unrelenting sun shining down upon us. We had our sunscreen on, so there was no sunburn for us today, but WOW, it was hot! It felt so good to hop in Ros's pool this afternoon!
Unfortunately, Glen is in Reno visiting his son, and he took Dillon and Kristi with him. I'm sorry we didn't get to see them all again, but we'll look forward to next time! Ros invited her friend and her family over, and it made for an interesting time. Their sons are something like 18 and 20, and the older one goes to a local community college, while the younger will be returning to New York University for his sophomore year. The dynamics between the two were quite an education, and Ken finally gave them a little piece of advice when it comes to siblings--you may not always agree, but never forget that the other guy is the only brother you have. Ros told Ken later that their mother wanted to thank Ken for saying that, because apparently she gets to hear a lot of bickering!
As for the "lively discussion," I think we all enjoyed the conversation, but oh, how I remember being in high school and college and thinking I had all the answers! I've been there, as have we all, so we tried not to be overly harsh, and as I told them as they were leaving, PLEASE stay engaged and interested in what is going on! While there is much to be said for youthful enthusiasm, I think there's probably a little more to be said for 4-5 years of college and 25+ years of experience and gathering knowledge. I still cringe when I think of trying to have a serious discussion about religion when I was in high school, and my brother-in-law pointed out that I mispronounced "Catholicism." At the time, I was quite embarrassed, and none too pleased that he pointed it out in front of everyone, but I chalk it up now to a learning process.
These were a couple of very nice and intelligent young men, and Ken and I hope that they will retain a couple of things from tonight's conversation...things to ponder.
We're outta here early tomorrow morning, so I'll catch ya late Monday night. Send us good vibes for a safe flight tomorrow!
Hey...do you hear that? eat me...eat me...
I think my apple pie is calling! Never fear, little feller, I'm on my way!