July 8, 2008

Long Holiday

Sorry for the prolonged silence. We had an extra long holiday weekend. It started on Thursday with the Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Here's a photo of Jerry and his best friend, Jackson, outside the Expo.The highlight of the event, for me, was looking at all the costumes.
Remember this guy? He's gotten a bit taller over the years.
After the Expo Jerry hung out with Jackson while Warren and I had dinner with our neighbor in honor of her husband and our friend, Michael. He died of cancer two years ago, July 3. So the 4th of July will always bring a some sadness our way. It was really lovely to share good food, good wine (two of his favorite things) and and our memories. I couldn't help thinking it would have been better if he'd been there to enjoy it with us, though. This is a picture of Michael's photo on the Day of the Dead altar at Jerry's old school. We stayed home on the 4th--had a BBQ with our neighbor, then spent the rest of the day inspecting the upheaval in our backyard and playing ping pong (once it cooled off enough to go out). That tree stump beside Jerry is the root of the tree we had removed. It turns out that this tree has an unusually large root system, which translates to higher building costs--of course.
Here's charlie, our six-fingered cat, enjoying the day.
Saturday morning we flew up to Sacramento for my parent's annual 4th of July bash, spent a few days hanging out with family and some friends we hadn't seen in a while, and now we're back. My book club meets at my house tonight, which means I have lots of cleaning to do so I'd better get off the computer and get busy!

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