|Today Larry and I made the 90 minute drive to Mesquite to visit old friends John and Bonnie Ligouri. Mr Ligouri owned and operated Ligouri's Casino for many years before retiring about 10 years ago. I was his Poker Room manager for the last 4 of those years. It was an interesting place to work as most of the patrons were locals. The restaurant served wonderful food so the mayor, the police and folks from all walks of life visited regularly. Over the years many acquaintances became 'real' friends. Unfortunately, time has marched on making all of us a few years older and I was saddened to learn of the passing of some of our 'old' customers. Since John just celebrated his 86th birthday on December 5th, he is acutely aware of those that have passed. But, we still enjoyed remembering funny stories related to many of them. I suppose it's a bit boring for Larry even though he has met some of them in the past.
After an hour or so J & B invited us to go out for lunch and we enjoyed a nice meal at the local Chinese restaurant. Afterward, we went back to the house where Bonnie spent a couple of hours going over the pics I have taken over the past year. She is a very talented painter and was looking for 10 or so to paint. After browsing through a hundred or so, I think she finally narrowed it down to 8. Of course I have taken over 10,000 pics this year alone, and there is no way she could possibly view all of them! It will be interesting to see them when she is done. Can't wait!
We had actually planned to surprise sister Joyce with a visit also as she lives in the general area, but it was after 3pm before we were ready to leave and we wanted to be back in town before dark. They are repairing both of Larry's glasses and he is using an old pair temporarily. So driving after dark isn't a good idea right now. We had also decided to take the scenic route home instead of traveling I-15 and it takes about 30 minutes longer making the return trip 2 hours. It was dark when we arrived home, but we enjoyed the drive. We could see Lake Mead off to our left, but didn't travel down to the waters edge, not enough time today. We could tell the water level is really down. We did stop for a brief time to stretch and let Onyx out at a rest stop named 'Redstone', for obvious reasons. Check out the picture of one of the rock formations that reminded us of a baby elephant.
So that's it for now. Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment to get a few 'scripts' renewed. Nothing earth shattering, blood pressure med/water pills. And a patch for the dreaded 'flashes'. Geezzz, I would think that would be over by now, LOL! Seems to be getting lighter each year so I suppose there is hope! Larry is doing well. Getting his Christmas cards out in the mail, little by little. He still communicates with all of his clients regularly and this is one of the ways. His clients are not just business acquaintances, but personal friends as well. We've decorated the rig with our pretty little tree and a few other things so we are slowly getting in the holiday 'mood'. Friday night we are going to watch our little nephew Bailey in a Christmas play at our church. And most of our shopping is done. So the plan now is to take it easy and enjoy the special moments over the next few weeks. But we'll keep in touch, so thanks for checking in...