Thursday, August 21st, 2008


I threw a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for my folks in July (with the help of some sneaky companions) and it was an unqualified success.  They were surprised to see me, surprised to have a party, surprised at all the guests, and generally delighted.  The weather was perfect, the Moore’s house lovely, the Linds’ garden redolent, the food delish, the liquor flowing, and there was even a campfire.  Who could ask for anything more?  Click on any picture to enlarge.

Pam (Maid of Honor) was the first to arrive!

Pam (Maid of Honor) was the first to arrive!

Mike and Mike enjoying the surprise.

Mike and Mike enjoying the surprise.

Bill, whose house we borrowed for the evening.

Bill, whose house we borrowed for the evening.

The happy family.

The happy family.

Matt.  Hes treelike.

Matt. He's treelike.

Steve and Ruth Anne came from California back to the old hood.

Steve and Ruth Anne came from California back to the old 'hood.

Do they look analytical?  Theyre scientists.

Do they look analytical? They're scientists.

Joan, Judy and Mary with a diverse array of cocktails.

Joan, Judy and Mary with a diverse array of cocktails.

The Stewarts looking Hawaiian and loving it.

The Stewarts looking Hawaiian and loving it.

Bob and Betty at their post by the fire.

Bob and Betty at their post by the fire.

40 red lanterns for 40 years.

40 red lanterns for 40 years.

Dick begins his guest book masterpiece.

Dick begins his guest book masterpiece.

The neighbor girls are used to staying up late.

The neighbor girls are used to staying up late.

Purty.

Purty.

Percy being hilarious?

Percy being hilarious?

Jim with cosmo.  Happy Jim.

Jim with cosmo. Happy Jim.

Mikes and Sharons lovely yard.  The new studio, of which there were copious tours, is in the background.

Mike's and Sharon's lovely yard. The new studio, of which there were copious tours, is in the background.

Dont be fooled.  Tara was well fed that night.

Don't be fooled. Tara was well fed that night.

Someone very clever brought the marshmallows.  Wasnt me.

Someone very clever brought the marshmallows. Wasn't me.

Somebody has to clean up.

Somebody has to clean up.

Good night and thanks for coming!

Good night and thanks for coming!

The running photos did not end with the wearing of the winter hat, my friends.  I even upgraded from my phone to a wee gem of a camera that I can carry while running and take real pictures.  We’ve only just begun.  And, as is my wont, I coerced my friends into running with me and submitting to photographs as well.  I only hope Detroit brings as many running adventures!  (Click on any picture to enlarge.)

John and Michael live very near a forest preserve, and also very near Superdawg!  What better excuse for a nine-mile run followed by tasty junk food?
John and Michael live very near a forest preserve, and also very near Superdawg! What better excuse for a nine-mile run followed by tasty junk food?
Note our nifty team shirts.  I warned you I was wont to over organize.  These first appeared in April for the Ravenswood Run and have been rearing their ugly heads every since.  Perhaps I will create them annually?  Who can say?
Note our nifty team shirts. I warned you I was wont to overorganize. These first appeared in April for the Ravenswood Run and have been rearing their ugly heads every since. Perhaps I will create them annually? Who can say?
Bless his little pure beef heart.
Bless his little pure beef heart.
Stephen and I trained together for the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon and discovered the joys (?) and benefits of the post-long-run ice bath.  Though if its early enough in the year, you can just wade in the lake instead.  Does he look cold to you?
Stephen and I trained together for the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon and discovered the joys (?) and benefits of the post-long-run ice bath. Though if it’s early enough in the year, you can just wade in the lake instead. Does he look cold to you?
Cool off those tootsies, do.
Cool off those tootsies, do.
This was after a twelve-mile run.  We actually swam after the 14-miler.  That combined with the massage of walking barefoot on the warm sand is really quite refreshing.
This was after a twelve-mile run. We actually swam after the 14-miler. That combined with the massage of walking barefoot on the warm sand is really quite refreshing.
00am is too early for him.
Most of Stephen’s and my training runs were early in the morning, to beat the heat and the 9-5 workday. Exactly one time we were accompanied by Jim. I think 6:00am is too early for him.
Stephens favorite training run, which we did once in the spring and once in summer, was a 10-mile jaunt that included Navy Pier.  On this trip, (John came, too) Stephen even ran into (almost literally) Carl Kassell.
Stephen’s favorite training run, which we did once in the spring and once in summer, was a 10-mile jaunt that included Navy Pier. On this trip, (John came, too) Stephen even ran into (almost literally) Carl Kassell.
00am on a Sunday.  Who knew?
At The Bean (okay, Cloud Gate) in Millenium Park. None too crowded at 8:00am on a Sunday. Who knew?

The oh-so-neglected blog is given new life today with photos of our new place in lovely Grosse Pointe Farms, a mansion-filled, astonishingly-friendly suburb of Detroit!  Click on any picture to enlarge.  Enjoy!

Its our big blue house on our tree-lined street.  It begs for a porch swing.

It's our big blue house on our tree-lined street. It begs for a porch swing.

Inside, weve even managed to hang the pictures.  Not bad for less than a week, eh?

Inside, we've even managed to hang the pictures. Not bad for less than a week, eh?

Wont you join us for a beverage in our charming dining room?

Won't you join us for a beverage in our charming dining room?

Jim is making tea!

Jim is making tea!

And, yes, I managed to score a new bakers rack at Lowes, for those of you who care about such things.

And, yes, I managed to score a new baker's rack at Lowe's, for those of you who care about such things.

As we head upstairs, youll be watched over by friends from Chicago.

As we head upstairs, you'll be watched over by friends from Chicago.

This is our lovely roomy master bedroom.  Its around the corner from your slightly cramped, yet cozy, guest bedroom.

This is our lovely roomy master bedroom. It's around the corner from your slightly cramped, yet cozy, guest bedroom.

Staceys wee yoga corner.

Stacey's wee yoga corner.

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for visiting!