Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Old Friend the Homecoming Queen...

This is Debi and her adorable daughter Stella. Debi and I were very close in High School (she really was the Homecoming Queen) and unfortunately we lost touch around 9 years ago. She lives in Santa Rosa and she found me on the Facebook machine and I'm sure glad that she did!
I left my Mom's in Kelseyville on Saturday, the day after Caitlyn's graduation and the weather was fine for riding. The roads between Lake County and Sonoma County are great for motorcycling and I heartily enjoyed the trip to Santa Rosa to visit my friend. California is beautiful in the spring/early summer when it's warm and sunny but before it gets too dry and the hills turn brown. It was warm and green with lovely smells of wildflowers and soil. The countryside is best traveled on a bike where you can feel the air and smell the smells, when temperature changes are sudden and the sun is on your back. The curvy roads in Northern California are some of the best riding in the world, with hills and valleys, plains and forests, and vineyards for days.
Anyway, after a few hours of delightful scenery I arrived at the home of Deb and her husband Harry near downtown Santa Rosa. They have a cute place with a big back yard though they tell me the neighborhood can be a little rough around the edges so to speak. Harry is a Grave Digger, Tattoo Artist, Landscaping Expert, and awesome father. Debi is a stay at home Mom and seems happy doing that. I will most likely get my first tattoo from Harry but that is a topic for another blog post.
Stella, who is the cutest little girl ever, was a real treat to make the acquaintance of, although she seemed to be a little unsure about me at first. Apparently she has serious food allergies and they live a dairy free existence with nothing in the house that might upset her. I was very touched when Debi broke out the "Special Cheese" and spinach dip just for my visit because they generally never have anything like that. We talked and caught up, snacked and drank beer and the time flew by and then it was time to go. I had to get back to the city to go to a Giants game with my friend Jay to watch my boys kick the crap out of the A's, which they did. What an amazing day!
Thanks Deb and Harry! I can't wait to visit again!

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