Monday, October 2, 2017

Geezer X - Day 4: Waiting for Greg

September 20

Today is the day the final Geezer arrives.  Greg had a meeting yesterday in Denver and is flying into Albuquerque where John will pick him up.  It’s a three hour drive one way for John so most of his day will be taken up driving.  He left just before noon and wouldn’t be back until around 6:00.

Steph wanted to visit some of the local produce stands in search of some roasted peppers so we decided to do that after lunch. The peppers we went in search of are very special, have a distinctive taste, and only grown in Hatch, New Mexico. We drove south out of town taking the same route we did for our Billy the Kid Scenic Byway and found the produce stand we were looking for.  You see bundles of dried peppers hanging all over New Mexico so it is a good place to buy them.  Steph found what she was looking for at the first place we stopped so that ended our search.  We bought some tomatillo salsa with Hatch peppers in it and I'm looking forward to trying it.  We headed back into town and stopped in an area that had a lot of shops and walked around a bit.  Jack was looking for a Ruidoso t-shirt so we looked at a couple of shops and he found what he was looking for.  After perusing a few more shops we headed back to the house.

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and Steph started the prep for dinner that night.  Steph has ended up cooking most of our meals and that is fine with us as she is a wonderful cook, we have had great meals this trip and on previous trips.  John and Greg arrived right on time around 6:00 and after catching up with Greg, we sat down to a delicious meat loaf and baked potato dinner.  Pure comfort food and it was wonderful.

After dinner, we settled in to watch a special video I had made.  Since this was the tenth anniversary of our Geezer Gatherings, I made a video highlighting our previous nine years.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, which made me feel good and made my work worthwhile.  I had a copy of the video and a companion photo book for everyone, which I handed out after the movie.  These gatherings are very special to all of us and we all enjoyed reminiscing about past years.  It was a very nice night.

After the video and a little chat, it was off to bed.  Greg had been up since 3:00 AM so he was particularly anxious to call it a day.

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