Wednesday, September 14 thru Monday September 19, 2011

Updated September 20 at 10:00 p.m.

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Photos one through three are our two grandchildren. Photo four is at Balboa Park, the car was moving in the photo, being driven by Diana. We drove by going in the opposite direction from that shown here, she slowed down so I could hop out. She drove on into the courtyard, around the traffic circle and returned going slow. We were lucky since no cars came by to block my view. Photo five is on Harbor Island with downtown in the background.


The wonderful thing about being a grandparent is the ability to go home! Not that the grandkids aren't fun and nice, but someone my age doesn't always do 1.5 and 3 year olds very well and I certainly don't have the energy to keep up with them. And besides we raised our daughter, so now it is payback time!

One on the tasks I had to take care of was to find the nearest dealer to purchase a new locking gas cap, since it was left on top of the gas pump out in the valley on I-5! Anyway I went up to Bob Baker Fiat Studio in Carlsbad. Nice guys there, we spent about 30 minutes talking. They even gave me a couple of 'flip books', a post card, and a small book about ecodrive.

If you ever find yourself near Carlsbad, look up Michael Koziel and Sean Russell ( Sean is also a fellow member of Fiat-Lancia Unlimited, the national Fiat club.

On Sunday we found ourselves at a stop light with a Ferrari alongside. The Ferrari driver gave me a big smile and a 'thumbs up', I returned the gesture. When the light turned green, I floored it and sped away....for about a quarter block (he gave me a little head start I bet). Then we heard a rather loud, but sweet whine, and I waved as the red flash passed us by. Oh how sweet Italian cars can be!

Tuesday we say our goodbyes and head north and home....

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