|March 2, 2016 Chores and Changes
Yesterday was my day to get things done in anticipation of leaving on Thursday. I borrowed PT and drove to the fruit stand for oranges, managed to fill up my water jug and get it home without spilling, got a roll of quarters at the bank and did all my laundry. Most of the afternoon was spent trying to stay cool as it got up to 94, yikes!
At 4:00 Susan and Jim picked me up to go out for the evening. We stopped to see Francis and Jim's beautiful home; they sit on about 3 acres of desert-landscaped serenity; it's like being surrounded by a nature preserve. The five of us went to the Borrego Springs Resort's restaurant, Arches, for a drink and appetizers. What a beautiful view from the patio. The resort, complete with hotel, tennis courts, golf course and spa is being put up for auction with a starting bid of $2,000,000. The problem here in BS is that everything is seasonal and many businesses cannot survive the hot summer when no tourists come. But we enjoyed good wine, food and conversation.
My plan to leave Thursday has changed for a very exciting reason. A friend of Susan's offered her two tickets to a charity exhibition match on Saturday evening at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in advance of the BNP Paribas Open. It will be a “team” format and the two captains are John McEnroe and Andy Roddick. Many other well-known players will be there like Pete Sampras and Tracy Austin. We are both looking forward to it! Luckily Borden and Sandi have room for me to stay. My new plan is to leave on Monday.
Tonight is the annual “Salmon Feed” and it also happens to be Borden's 80th birthday. You would never know it because he is one of the hardest working men I have ever seen and springs around here like a 55-year old. When he's not fixing hot tub pumps or electrical boxes he is working in the office or making fresh popcorn. Even though some people have already headed home they are expecting around 60 people tonight. The guys gathered mesquite a few days ago and it's already burning in the big BBQ. Terry brought over the cedar planks and frozen fillets last night (he catches it in WA and brings it here), Francis and Jim supplied the Meyer lemons, and everyone brings a pot luck dish. Should be fun, because why should today be different than all my other Borrego days?