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Old 07-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #361
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I hardly ever miss NY but your venture out to the restaurant reminded me of when we used to go way out east on Long Island (Greenport is the name of the town) the water views and the seafood lunches thanks for showing us Not quite the same but brought back some wonderful memories I can practically hear the Jonathan Livingstons and smell that great air
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #362
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Great updates!

Brisk walking 30 minutes! Well done.

Love your coast shots. I don't love the seagulls. They've stolen my snacks one too many times. Lol!

The atrium is nice. Didn't know how much I like an atrium until we stayed at Sam's Town. We'll be to Vegas over Thanksgiving but we'll be there for a soccer tournament. They make us stay-and-play. Sam's isn't on the list. The Golden Nugget is, which I love, but I don't like Fremont Street at all. That was so off topic....oh yeah...the atrium.

Dinner looks delicious! Deadly chocolate treats for sure. Yum!
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #363
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The otters are so cute! I would have had a hard time tearing myself away from them.

Those cinnamon rolls did they make it to dinner?
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:37 PM   #364
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Love the otter pictures. We are working on a software application called Otto and we have a picture of an otter as its mascot.

Those cinnamon rolls and chocolate look amazing!

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WOW! Morro Rock looks great and I loved seeing Jonathan Livingstone there.

The food looks great. I've driven past Morro Rock a few times in the past; and have been put off by the power plant. Maybe it's time to change that viewpoint next time I'm in the neighbourhood.

Your hotel breakfast looks great. You know - maybe I am mixing it up with Residence Inn and Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites about the waffles and eggs. Oh well.....breakfast still looks great.
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I love the SLO and Morro Bay area. Some of my aunts/uncles use to live down there. If I remember right one of my uncles use to work at the power plant in Morro Bay in his younger days.

Beautiful pics!
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Love your updates thank you so much! Omg I love hawaiian shirts! Did you get any? I just love that store you have I think it's called Tommy Bahamas? When we did a cruise of Hawaii I bought loads!

That bay looks wonderful. We don't have chipmonks here so I really enjoyed seeing that little fella! Since my illness I lost a lot of weight and I just wanted you to know your food porn has really increased my appetite and I am eating more! DW is delighted keep it coming! I love seabass! Yum cinnamon rolls!

Hope you are having a nice day! Paula xx
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #368
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The atrium looks gorgeous. I love this kind of hotels with the internal balconies. The scenery at Morro Bay is truly stunning and I am amazed at all the wildlife you saw.

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The idea of the hotel is nice, and we didn't have one of those rooms, our was off to the side away from the atrium, which we learned was rather lucky since the atrium gets rather noisy the more cocktails everyone has had!

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I hardly ever miss NY but your venture out to the restaurant reminded me of when we used to go way out east on Long Island (Greenport is the name of the town) the water views and the seafood lunches thanks for showing us Not quite the same but brought back some wonderful memories I can practically hear the Jonathan Livingstons and smell that great air
I enjoy visiting coastal towns like this since we don't have waves in Long Beach. There is a breakwater about a mile or so out that keeps our ocean water calm. It also severely changes the ecosystem as well. I enjoy watching the waves.

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Great updates!

Brisk walking 30 minutes! Well done.

Love your coast shots. I don't love the seagulls. They've stolen my snacks one too many times. Lol!

The atrium is nice. Didn't know how much I like an atrium until we stayed at Sam's Town. We'll be to Vegas over Thanksgiving but we'll be there for a soccer tournament. They make us stay-and-play. Sam's isn't on the list. The Golden Nugget is, which I love, but I don't like Fremont Street at all. That was so off topic....oh yeah...the atrium.

Dinner looks delicious! Deadly chocolate treats for sure. Yum!
LOL on the seagulls! I usually don't eat a places where they can get my stuff, they're like sea pigeons, flying rats. They will take whatever they can get, and don't get me started about their poop! Looking at them far away is nice.

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The otters are so cute! I would have had a hard time tearing myself away from them.

Those cinnamon rolls did they make it to dinner?
Those cinnamon rolls are still in their box, sitting right next to me. Still have not been touched. I hope that they are still good.

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Love the otter pictures. We are working on a software application called Otto and we have a picture of an otter as its mascot.

Those cinnamon rolls and chocolate look amazing!

Jill in CO
Hopefully at some point I will not be so stuffed that I can try and bite or two of one. I just keep thinking about how many calories they have and that keeps them in the box.

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WOW! Morro Rock looks great and I loved seeing Jonathan Livingstone there.

The food looks great. I've driven past Morro Rock a few times in the past; and have been put off by the power plant. Maybe it's time to change that viewpoint next time I'm in the neighbourhood.

Your hotel breakfast looks great. You know - maybe I am mixing it up with Residence Inn and Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites about the waffles and eggs. Oh well.....breakfast still looks great.
It's easy just to turn the camera the other way and crop out the power plant. Otherwise, it's a rather nice place.

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I love the SLO and Morro Bay area. Some of my aunts/uncles use to live down there. If I remember right one of my uncles use to work at the power plant in Morro Bay in his younger days.

Beautiful pics!
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Love your updates thank you so much! Omg I love hawaiian shirts! Did you get any? I just love that store you have I think it's called Tommy Bahamas? When we did a cruise of Hawaii I bought loads!

That bay looks wonderful. We don't have chipmonks here so I really enjoyed seeing that little fella! Since my illness I lost a lot of weight and I just wanted you to know your food porn has really increased my appetite and I am eating more! DW is delighted keep it coming! I love seabass! Yum cinnamon rolls!

Hope you are having a nice day! Paula xx
We didn't get any. There was a guy whose shirts they had there, he used to make Disney shirts. When I asked the guy he said that he hadn't made Disney shirts in 5-6 years and that Disney now outsources them to China, and they are all made there.

I'm glad that I can help perk up your appetite! Most people complain that they come read my report on an empty stomach or just with a bite of yogurt, and they would rather have what I've eaten, so it's nice to hear I'm benefitting someone!
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When we arrived back at the hotel, it had taken on a whole new flair. Decorating was in full swing.



The registration desk was all set up to get our packets. These nice ladies are Carmi and Sue who are from our chapter. They are also the only other ladies (couple) at the event.



We received our packet.



Which included a coupon that could be exchanged for a Martini glass, specially etched for the event. It also included various pins, the event program and schedule, and various meal tickets for the events and shows we were to participate in.



In addition a display was added to the lobby. Fran pointed out to me that if I thought she was bad, Iíd better think again!









We went upstairs to our room and relaxed for a little while. The hotel serves complimentary beverages from 5PM to 7PM, so just by virtue of the fact that we were all staying at the hotel, we had our own private cocktail party. I went down at 5PM, and much to my chagrin, I did not recognize a soul. There are meets in Long Beach every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, and we have been to a handful of these events and met a few people.

We also went to the event in September in Buellton where we stayed at the Pea Soup Andersonís place and met a few folks there. Weíve been to a handful of other day events, but since weíve been members less than a year and some of these people have been doing this since the mid 80s, we just donít know many folks yet.

Sue took pity on me and when I was getting another drink, she invited me to sit in the registration table with them. She introduced me to everyone who came up and when Fran came down, she joined us as well. We heard an awful story about one couple who was driving down from Pleasanton, CA in their í57 Ford Fairlane convertible. It had a blowout, which sparked something, soon there was smoke, then a fire and even with their fire extinguishers, they were unable to save the car. They watched as the whole thing burned up on the side of I-5. Since they had the top down, they were able to retrieve the luggage, but the car was a total loss.

I canít even imagining that happening! Another guy broke down in Pea Soup Andersonís town and had to be towed to SLO, he will have to be towed home as well. But of over 300 attendees, those were the only horror stories so far. It made me feel better that we didnít try to drive our car with the Carburetor problems and electrical problems with the window, who knows what could have happened!

After Happy Hour was over the place cleared out quickly. I didnít take pictures since who knows who wouldnít want their picture posted online, but suffice to say that Atrium in the lobby was buzzing, in more ways than one! pun intended!

I mentioned that we were in a shopping center and I noticed that there was an Applebeeís. We donít have one of those anywhere near home, and I had an ulterior motive. I know they have an under 550 calorie menu, so I asked Fran if we could go there. Turns out if you want to know calorie counts you have to ask for a special menu and itís really not easy to get the information you want. Iím sure they do that on purpose.

After perusing the menu we decided that splitting a burger between the two of us would also be under 550 calories, so thatís what we did. We also started off with some French Onion Soup that we split. Iím sure I way over did it between the number of glasses of wine and all the food I ate today, but my ďcoachesĒ are telling me, even if you mess up one day, donít let it stop you from getting right back on track the next day. Well, since Iím well into the next day as I write this, You only live Twice!





We headed back to the hotel as there was a screening of ďOn Her Majestyís Secret ServiceĒ being played in the hotel. This was the movie that had a 1969 Cougar (which ours is a 1970). We watched the first 20 minutes or so of the movie, but they were having problems with the audio. For whatever reason the music was overpowering and the dialogue was to faint to hear. I was also falling asleep on Franís shoulder, so we decided to call it a night.

Fran went by the front desk to see about modifying our reservation to check out Sunday instead of Monday, but they told her to come back during normal hours to discuss the ramifications with the regular staff. So we headed off to bed. I slept very soundly!
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Love that burger!


And what a great 007 display and theme for the meet. Looks like you're having a great time with food and cocktail hour.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #371
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Love the 007 theme! I'm a James Bond nut! Someday an Aston Martin will be mine! (after I win Powerball)

My heart just hurts for the couple that lost their Fairlane. Mental note to add a fire extinguisher to the Mustang's trunk.

I think the fact that you are being mindful of what you are eating is a great step! Keep it up!

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Love James Bond too Jill.

Looks like a fun event and neat that you got martini glasses.

That burger looks delicious. As does the soup. Do you only live thrice? You're tracking and that's what matters. A lot of my days are over or under; I'm rarely right on. Being mindful is key.
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oh too bad about those cars may be a blessing you DID leave yours home
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So sorry to hear about the other cars, and again glad you both decided not to chance it.

Glad you enjoyed Happy Hour and met some new people, that is half the fun!

Enjoy your day.
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What a great trip you're having

Such a shame about those cars though

I'm by no means a car expert but myself and DH attended the Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernandino (I think that's what it was called) last September and loved it!
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