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Dinner with TKB!

We had dinner with a partner of mine at ESPD.  Tim and I had so much fun working together. We just laughed while we arrested people!   

He was here in Vegas doing a kitchen remodel and we ate dinner together one night.  Was just like old times.  

I took my blood pressure when we got home and it was the lowest it has ever been. Janis said that Tim has to live with us!   

 

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Using the Pool July 21, 2018

Jenn, Neiil, Midori, came out for the weekend and we had a great time at the pool. Jenn and Neil were here to do a photobooth at the Park MGM hotel, (their company).

While they were working, Midori and the kids and us went to Mandalay Hotel Aquarium Nice aquarium, had a shark reef where the sharks swim right over us. Lots of sharks!

While they were working, Midori and the kids and us went to Mandalay Hotel Aquarium Nice aquarium, had a shark reef where the sharks swim right over us. Lots of sharks!

60th Birthday Surprise Party

My daughter Jennifer sure can plan an event. I had no idea there was going to be a surprise 60th birthday party at her house, since my birthday was on the 31st, it made it even bigger surprise. My brother Jack came out from Dallas, and few friends from El Segundo PD came.

She had a blackjack table set up, and lots of food. Great time had by all!

Happy Halloween 2017!

Happy Halloween 2017 and 60th birthday to me. Had a good time with the grandkids walking the neighborhood.

Retirement Party - Mitch Tavera

My academy partner and friend Mitch Tavera retired as Chief of Police and I went out to the party. It was great seeing a lot of co-workers and reminicing. Here’s an academy graduation picture of Mitch and I along with Chris Barrett, who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty. I actually took Chris’s spot on the roster when he retired and I promoted from a PSO.

When the Northridge earthquake happened in 1994, There were 4 Sergeants from El Segundo living in Santa Clarita at the time. Al Graham, bottom right, was a motorcycle Sgt. and was enroute to work. In front of him was LAPD motor officer Clarence Wayne Dean,. At 4:31 A.M., the earthquake happened. Al was about 1/4 mile behind Officer Dean. The Newhall Pass on the I-14 freeway and the I-5 collapsed, and officer Dean unknowingly drove off the pass and died. Al knew it was a big earthquake, and turned around to check on his wife Marie and his daughter. That saved his life.

Since the pass was impassible, the 4 of us had to take the Metrolink train into work for about 5 months until they rebuilt the freeway. The local paper, the Signal, did an article in the paper about the 4 of us. We recreated the picture at the reunion. ,

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Mike Mitchell’s outstanding art work

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My buddy Scott Armstrong

Using the pool

Jenn came out and hung out in the backyard, and then we went and used the pool with Ryan, who loved it except for the water park. He didn’t like the big bucket and the splash.

The backyard is in; August 17, 2016

First thing on our list was getting the backyard done. Couldn’t stand looking at the dirt anymore.

We decided to put artificial grass in so we didn’t have to mow/water etc. It’s harder on the feet for the cats, as the grass gets HOT in the summer time.

A Pancho's out in Summerlin!

Driving around the area we came upon this restaurant. One of our favorites in Manhattan Beach, as we used to go walk along the beach at Sunset and then go have dinner or a margarita afterwards.

Funny that the owner of the one in Manhattan Beach moved to Summerlin, and built an exact replica of the restaurant in Summerlin. No sunset/beach though! Guess we’d have to go walk Red Rock Canyon and then go have a margarita!

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Our new house

Well, our house is a little different than our house in Commerce City. We don’t need a mower here, as the front yard has desert landscaping (no grass allowed),

Our backyard instead of being 115’ from the back door to the end of the property, is 12’ to the wall.

A little bit of a difference…

A little bit of a difference…

But the beautiful pool makes up for it (a little bit)

But the beautiful pool makes up for it (a little bit)

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One thing we aren’t downsizing on is our canvases.

Leaving (for) Las Vegas!

Leaving Las Vegas was the name of a pretty good movie.  Leaving for Las Vegas is the new title to this movie called life. Time for another new chapter in the book of life.  My life began in LA, and then went to Denver for 9 years, and now it's time to get closer to LA without actually living in LA.  It's just too expensive, and too much traffic.  That’s the reason that we left Los Angeles in the first place. But then again, Las Vegas has traffic, but its not like we're moving to the strip! 

So what brings us closer to LA and not actually living in LA?  

This little guy!

My daughter Jennifer was pregnant with Ryan and said “you have about 2 1/2 years to move back here as he’ll need his papa and nana around more often”. I went out to CA every month the first year he was born. I had to work and travel so much for work, that I accrued a lot of comp/time off, so I flew out about every month to see them. Janis had just started working for the state, so she didn’t have a lot of vacation/time off. At the beginning it was ok (not really) but later on in the year, Janis would just take leave without pay, as seeing Ryan was more important than the money lost.

Low and behold, Jennifer told us she was pregnant with our next grandson, and we decided we would have to move closer sooner than expected. We decided in May 2016 that we needed to move and quick.

Our neighbors from down the street bought the house (30 day escrow) so we had to pack up a 5000 sq ft house in 30 days (while working) and go out to Las Vegas to look for homes (1 weekend).

We flew to Vegas, looked at about 10 developments, asking for a house that was move in ready in 30 dqys with a 30 day escrow. We found 3 possibles, and on Sunday Jennifer and Neil came out to see the 3 possibilities. We needed to be 1) close to the strip, as they gamble (as do we), and closer to the south end of the valley, so we are are close to I-15 and driving out to see them.

We ended finding a home in Rhodes Ranch, which has a golf course, a built in water park, a HUGE lagoon like pool, and a rec room with basketball courts, pool tables, weight rooms, etc.

We sold our house in Commerce City and had to move within 30 days! That was fun!