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Fun in the Sun

rootbeer1 and I got back yesterday afternoon from a week in Palm Springs, which seems to be our second home. Perhaps someday it will be, if the real estate prices down there level off.

We stayed, as usual, at our dear friends Vic and Dave's vacation house. It's simple and easy to live in, and has a spectacular pool, spa, and view of the Mountain. We were there alone until Friday morning, when V&D drove in. Homer and Alan from Burbank arrived a few hours later. Vic and Dave were exhausted from the previous day of overseeing their movers. They'll be in PS for a week, then fly off to Connecticut to their new house and new phase of their life. We'll see them in July when we're back East, but SF won't be the same without them here.

During the week we shopped, swam, sunned, ate out (and in a few times), watched the entire season 5 of Absolutely Fabulous and the original Cheaper By The Dozen, and hung out with friends. excessor and dr_scott were down for the week too, and it was great spending tme with them and getting to know them better. We hope to continue the process in SF. excessor showed us his lovely Mid-Centrury Modern Wexler house. We also saw our friend Mike, who showed his new MCM, as well as old friend Sam, who showed us his MCM, so it was a very Modern week, and left us coveting all three houses. We comforted ourselves by buying some cool art for our MCM in SF.

So now we're all tanned and rested. Steve has to go into the office for a few hours today, and I'm on call too. We had a great little vacation, but it's good to be home again. More pics to come.


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Apr. 11th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great vacation!

Greg's mom and dad were here all week, we went up to Tahoe.
Apr. 11th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about your MCM and was wondering where would you put new art?

I always loved how Palm Springs looks like a Bugs Bunny cartoon, with the funky houses and everything.

what is PS like in the summer though? I just have these visions of anything left outside for more than a minute melting.

Apr. 11th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)
We put it over the fireplace, replacing the antique brass rubbing which now hangs in my office.

In one of the Beany and Cecil cartoons on the DVD, they visit "Balm Springs."

We went once in August. During the day it hit 115°, but as they say, it's a dry heat. And that's what swimming pools and air conditioners are for! In the evenings, it cools down nicely.

You guys should come down with us sometime.
Apr. 11th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
Sure! Sounds like fun!
Apr. 11th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
Great photo!

I'll finally get a chance to see what PS is all about in a month or so. I can't wait to get my pasty self out there.
Apr. 11th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
We'll want a full report…
Apr. 11th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We were pretty much lily white ourselves, so we paced ourselves, building up to a rich, golden tan by Saturday.

It's a great place to relax--it's very laid back, spread out, and the gay population is growing. And it's a very friendly place, we find.
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Apr. 11th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: i guess....
It doesn't get 115+ degrees hot until July - August. I love the heat, so I'm completely happy being there during the harsh summer months. I was once there when it was 127 degrees. That was a little warm. We joked that even though we didn't bring a camera on that trip, we could always recreate it by taking a photo of the inside of our oven.

The best part of it is that you can spend all day in a pool or in the shade. When the sun goes behind the mountain at about 5:10 pm, the temperature drops and suddenly you can run around without fear of bursting into flames. Or in my case, without further fear (from the sun) of bursting into flames.
Apr. 11th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful seeing you two while we were there. For once, there wasn't a problem of driving 35+ miles to your place and there was plenty of parking. Just for that alone, PS is fabulous. I'm glad you liked my house. It's got a flair, that's for sure.

I look forward to seeing you both again.
Apr. 11th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's such an easy city. Plenty of parking, minimal traffic, lots of restaurants and shops. And the vibe is so....relaxed. The constant sunshine helps, too--I actually get kind of high after a few days (all-natural, that is, though I have been known to consume the occasional martini or mai-tai by the pool).

I wish we had bought a place a few years ago, but then we probably wouldn't have bought in SF. And if dr_scott is right, eventually prices will come down. We can always get a place in Desert Hot Springs!
Apr. 11th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Don't say the prices will go down...at least not until I sell my place in a few years!!
Apr. 13th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
Palm Springs Place
Wow, a week! On a future trip, Frank and I will have to stay that long there. We love to watch the dynamics of the guys at the resorts
we stay at, and a whole weeks worth would be fab! Like a live Aron Spelling show!
Apr. 19th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Palm Springs Place
We thought of you as we bobbed about the pool at the Desert Bear. We'd love to plan a trip and stay at Chaps or someplace with you guys, if only to play Naked Disney Monopoly again!!
Apr. 15th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
I would hope that sometime in the future I (or we) would be able to meet up with you guys there in Palm Springs! It'd be rather nice floating in a pool with the two of you!

Almost like bear soup!

Any chance you'll be coming east at all??

Apr. 19th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
We're planning on being in the Northeast in July. I wek in Ptown, the rest in Albany and thereabouts.
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