Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Loooooong Day Traveling Home to California


Thursday, 1 December, 2016:

Before we talk about today's adventures in
air travel,  let's take a quick look back to Wednesday night's Osos Rivas practices as I was in a hurry to finish yesterday's blog post before going to sleep in the wee hours of the morning.

Juniors working on their
Stances and . . .

. . . Starts

Discussing the finer point of . . .

 . . . Fold Block

I am already starting to miss the entire Stings and Osos families.

As stated earlier, today was going to be a long day.

Our first flight from Madrid
for our journey home to Camarillo
left at 7:40 a.m.

This meant a 4:00 a.m. wake up call at La Casa Grande followed by a 5:00 a.m. departure in the Land Rover chauffeured by Osos Rivas Head Coach Jesús Sánchez.

There was no traffic at this hour, thus we arrived at Madrid's Barajas Airport at 5:30 a.m.

Check-in was easy as we were the only ones in line at the Lufthansa ticket counter. We did suffer a slight delay at the Security check point but it only amounted to about a six minute delay.

At our boarding gate for the flight
to Munich in plenty of time

Boarding in the dark

Sunrise over España

 Over the Alps

We arrived in Munich with plenty of time to spare from our two hour and 30 minute flight.

Now for the hard part . . .

The 11 hour and 35 minute
flight to Los Angeles

They were ready at the gate

We were ready too

STAY ON TARGET!

AMERICA!

We touched down at LAX about 20 hours after first awakening on this long day spent chasing the Sun.

Our friends Brian and Koreen FitzGerald were there to greet us and drive us home . . . GRACIAS!

Koreen survived battling the typical Los Angele traffic jams at this hour in getting us home safe and sound.

About an hour after dropping us off at Casa Contreras, Our son Mike and his bride Vanessa brought their two kids over to see us. Both Mary and Jacob seemed much bigger and more well spoken than I remembered them.

Jacob is now an Atlético fan

Looking good in a boina hat

Two more team sign additions
had arrived in my absence

I may need a bigger wall.

They both looked GREAT!

Our football adventures continue as Mike and I will make the five hour drive to Santa Clara on Friday night to watch the PAC-12 Championship game between 10-1 Washington and 10-2 Colorado.

It should be fun.

Go Dawgs GO!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Last Full Day in España


Wednesday, 30 November, 2016:

One last day to pack, do some last minute things and say goodbye to friends.

We headed into town to start this final day in Arganda del Rey with a walk into the pueblo.

What the . . .

Looks like we're going
to miss the fun this weekend

 It's ALWAYS something
to do with Spain's favorite author
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

 A local checking out the
Christmas decorations on the plaza

Cool "dress" in a flower shop

Time for lunch at our favorite
Armanda del Rey bar
La Tertulia

 Dried peppers add atmosphere

We gave owner/cook
Maricarmen some
GRACIAS flowers

 La Tertulia from our table

Lunch was GOOD!

Laurie finishing her meal
as seen from a mirror

Armanda del Rey's
Old Cemetery Entrance

 Lots . . .

. . . and lots . . .

. . . of flowers

One last pass by our Metro station

And one last night of practice
with the Osos Rivas teams

We had good workouts with both the Junior and Senior squads again tonight.

Coach Jesús Sánchez said some
kind words on my departure

I listened and felt sad about
leaving this great group of men

 I appreciated the players
applauding after Jesús' words

 Addressing the team one last time

 The players honored me by letting
me break the practice ending huddle

"3-2-1, WE ARE ONE!"

With MLB Fran

With our linemen

With a mob

 With a bigger mob

With the DBs

Me with DBs?

After practice we met at a nearby
Chinese All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

For only 12 Euros you also get all of the soda pop, beer or vino tinto de verano you can drink.

I think they lost money on us tonight.

 Juniors at the Buffet

More Juniors

More Seniors joined by . . .

. . . Daniel Vilches
"The Noblest Oso of Them All" 

Alex and Mario
My two Go-To Junior Linemen

Senior Guard Marine

Adios Osos, until we meet again!