Sunday, December 13, 2009

Irvine Reunion in Vegas

On December 2, we rendezvoused in Las Vegas with some of our long time friends to enjoy the Donny and Marie show at the Flamingo. Standing behind Donny and his wife Debbie are, Peter Vidmar, Lon Wardrop, Donna Vidmar, Shauna Rasmussen, Dan Rasmussen, Sheryl Wardrop, Wardop's neighbor Suzie, Annie and Bob. I missed the pre-show dinner with Donny but made it to the show only a few minutes after the start after catching a flight from San Jose with only a minute to spare. It was a fun evening. We used to car-pool with the Osmonds 20 years ago when they lived in Irvine. It was fun to catch up. If you look close at Lon's forehead you'll see a nice lipstick tattoo from the show. Marie walked down into the crowd during one number and grabbed Lon by the cheeks and planted a big kiss on his bald head.

Annie in front of the Bellagio with the fountains and the Flamingo (with Donny and Marie displayed on the Hotel) in the background.

Lon owns his own plane so on the day following the show, he sent his pilot back to Vegas to pick up Annie and Debbie. There was an open seat next to the pilot so I jumped in. Strong head winds turned a 1 hour 10 minute flight into almost 2 1/2 hours. Lucky for Annie she only needed to go to the bathroom for 2 hours and 15 minutes - she was perfectly comfortable for the first few minutes. I was at the controls for a few minutes while our pilot cleaned up after he spilled his drink and snack while he showed us what it was like to experience weightlessness. It was cool to see my iPhone floating in front of me for a second or two.

I picked up this album at the DI a few weeks ago and missed an opportunity to get it signed. Maybe next time.

1 comment:

  1. What a lot of good memories you must have gone over. The visit should also provide many stories for the future - we are glad to made it.