Back from the Dead?

Not really, not dead, just got busy with life, travel, weddings, family, cycling, church, video…who said retired life is boring? My last post was on March 20th, can’t believe it…so I am thinking the best way to catch up is to post a few pictures from each month till July. Warning, there are quite a few pictures as I am consolidating several months in this one post. Here we go!

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the US a lot more than in Ireland or so I am told. New York City is supposed to have the largest Saint Patrick’s parade and celebration in the US. Greenville, not as much, but there is still a good rowdy bunch that gets together downtown and have a good time. This gentleman is enjoying himself with a cold pint.

 

One of the fun things for us to do was to read the many t-shirts with curious or funny graphics. Greenville closes a portion of Main Street for this celebration, it was really well attended and people had a great time listening to a band and visiting the many bars along the Main Street.

 

One of the yearly events in Greenville is the Annual Running with the Bulls. No, you are not in Pamplona, but the event coincides with the real running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The event proceeds go to a charity; this year’s proceeds went to support the family of Officer Jacobs who was killed by a punk that had just got out of prison. Real sad story, but honored to support such worthy cause.

 

Red bandanas are on and the bulls are ready for the stampede!

 

Danger is real, these bulls will stop for no one.

 

We finally decided to visit the brand new Sierra Nevada Brewery in NC. A huge compound really well done. I wonder how it compares to the original in Chico, CA.

 

We did not go on the guided tour as there is like a two month wait for it. We settled for the self-walking tour instead. You do not get to see the whole operation, but what we saw was really impressive. Here we see some of the mash containers (left) and two copper brew kettles. The place was spotless.

 

We decided to have a beer sampler with some really good appetizers; must come back.

 

In April, we had a very important visitor for a couple of day – meet baby Hazel; my wife had that smile for two solid days.

 

No question about it; Hazel is a beauty!

 

April was a very busy month for events in Greenville. Greenville hosted the USA Cycling Criterium National Championships – that is a big deal in bicycle circles.

 

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The pro race is about to start.

 

Took hundreds of pictures as I walked around the whole course. Tough to choose the best ones though.

 

My wife decided to race her first 5k race ever. She trained with her friends Janice (middle) and Nancy (right) for a few weeks and did a very respectable 39 minutes. Way to go honey!

 

As you can see, my wife is having fun and she is already beating many runners.

 

Our adopted Chinese daughter got married to a fine young man in late April. I walked her down the aisle; it was an honor to do so as her parents were not able to travel from China for the occasion.

 

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My wife and I went on a Miata Club ride; we have not done many of those lately. Forgot how much fun they can be. As usual, the ride took us up the mountains and the views were simply amazing. We stopped in a few places, this being – Dry Falls – my most favorite that day.

 

Memorial Day in Miami with the Briatore’s 

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Lucia, Luca and Francesca having fun at the Miami boardwalk.

 

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Meat of all types…all delicious and cooked by Master Asador Leandro; truly yum!

 

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At the pool with Leandro and Mike. We decided to jump into the pool with clothes and all…why not.

…and…

THE BIG EVENT!

Our youngest daughter Jocelyn got married to Kyle Nelson…YEAH!!!
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Meet the new Mr. & Mrs. Nelson!

 

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Can you tell they are happy?

 

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The whole new family!

 

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Our two daughters with their two gentlemen.

 

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Their first dance. It was truly a perfect day for all, but a magical day for our daughter. We are very happy for her and Kyle. May God bless you always.

 

In Warsaw, Indiana with the Till’s

Tom and Danette invited us to a retirement party of a dear mutual friend; Julie. We got to see the Till’s new residence – it is really a beautiful home in a perfect place.

 

Party time! Julie was really surprised; she was happy to see so many of her friends come to wish her a happy retirement. Here is the whole gang.

 

Tom, Danette, Julie and Larry.

 

On our way back home we stopped at a brand new attraction in Kentucky – The Ark Encounter – A real life size Noah’s Ark replica. The interior has amazing detail and there are several exhibitions showing most likely the way they took care of daily needs. We enjoyed it.

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