No one said anything about exclusivity! You know I really don't know. Perhaps it's all the getting the old house ready for the renovation. They started the Demo yesterday. But it just seems that I don't have any time in my chair in front of my computer. Usually by the time that I actually sit down in the evening, I'm eating dinner and once I finish that, I'm too brain dead to form sentences. Or I reply and then forget that I replied and reply a second time from my phone in the morning when I get up. Well it's not a done deal and it wouldn't be until 2020 anyways. Next week I'm off to KC, MO for the annual Band Conference. Because Fran, myself and the conductor of our band are the only three people from the LA band going to the conference, the band asked Fran and I to be the delegates for the "business" part of the conference. I got our "packet" in an email the other day. One of the things the Delegates do is vote on where the conference will be in two year. Next year, the conference will include a performance at Universal Orlando. I was kind of bummed to find that out. I knew that the three Florida bands had teamed up to host it in Orlando, but I had hoped it was at Disney. Our band bid for the 2019 conference but Florida won. Thank God! Fran and I put on a conference in 2005 and I don't want to do it again! Anyhoo....while reading the packet, the bid(s) for the 2020 conference were included. There was only one. The Rose City band of Portland. Soooooo, unless something strange happens, it's pretty likely that the conference will be in Portland. We can drive there and stop at my folks for a night or two on the way up and back. Hopefully I could meet up with Liesa at some point in there. Even if I knew exactly what you did for every minute of your days, I would still enjoy hearing your spin on the thing! Still haven't had time.... I did, she wasn't impressed. That's somewhere else. I guess at that point it was the place where everyone knew the way....You know, Do you know the way to San Jose... Pretty much no. I remember when they bulldozed the place where I cut the apricots and built houses on it. I don't know the details, I had already moved away to college, but I remember my Mom telling me something about the houses selling in a lottery to keep them affordable. Real Estate there is crazy now. My parents listed their house for $1.8M 5 years ago and it sold for $2.4M. They paid $60K in 1969. I didn't know the term, and thought she was just making it up. It wasn't until I got to school and met people who didn't live in upscale affluent areas that I realized what she was talking about. My parents gave us a $20 bill and said, "ride your bikes to Jack in the Box". This is what my kitties eat. Well, sort of. My friends who really grew up there had it down much better than I did, but when I worked for Alfred and did trade shows in Canada all the Canadians bought it! Well probably the whole lesbian thing had something to do with it. Better to give the kids to the deadbeat dad than a woman of questionable integrity! There's not much to tell. Julie and I reconnected many years later. By then Fran and I had become active in the Palm Springs Community, we drove out there every other Thursday to play in their band. She was on the board of the pride committee and kept her married last name. So I asked Julie and she said, "yup that's my Mom." I'm pretty sure that's what I did. If even that. No just grossed out. No it's not a delicacy. It's just gross. I'm still traumatized! OK so next time you visit, we're going to the Japanese garden at Cal State, playing duets while you shower us with money, and doing a fish taco tasting. I see this as a plan!