Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Cynthia Dennis, our breakfast guest last week, is the author of "Sunflower Sinner" an expose of politics in Kansas. She's a member of the notorious Saddlebrooke Ladies Adventure Club (SLAC) and shows great promise as a poker player, Kathleen says.
Her book is about her father, whose greatest ambition was to become governor of Kansas, but hitched his wagon to the wrong political stars. Her reminiscence is a tribute and indictment of her politician father, according to Roy Bird, of the Kansas Center for the Book. "Her book offers a true life literary coming-of-age story, and a bittersweet memoir of a forgotten time in Kansas," he said.
If you check the Cynthia Dennis web site, you'll find that she "is an award-winning journalist, and graduate of the University of Kansas. She spent nearly two decades as a feature writer and columnist for Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, taught journalism while obtaining a master’s degree in mass communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has written for magazines, radio and television." All this, and now, my gracious, a soon-to-be poker maven.
THE SUNFLOWER SINNER is available for purchase by mail. For the best value, order it for $16, inclusive of shipping plus any applicable taxes by sending your check payment of $16, payable to Cynthia Dennis, to: Cynthia Dennis, 4105 Stonewood Ct, Brookfield, WI 53045
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
"When you dine with us, expect attentive efficient service. Be assured that every dish is infused with passion...using the freshest ingredients, hand-selected every morning. And all of this within the streamlined inviting atmosphere that is Cafe Poca Cosa, Tucson's number one choice for authentic Mexican fine dining."
Just perfect for the Saddlebrook Ladies Adventure Club(SLAC).
Yesterday morning eight determined ladies boarded their mini-vans and headed south to 110 East Pennington Street for another adventure. Most of the members had never been to Poca Cosa, but it had been scouted by the Kelly Girls, Brenda and Sue, so expectations were high.
Poca Cosa did not disappoint. The menu changes constantly, the only public record is a chalkboard (above) which is amended at will. Kathleen ordered the first item on the day's menu, Pechuga Tlalpena, and pronounced it beautiful and delicious. It was a bold combination of avacado, pineapple, yellow pepper, beets, carrots, chicken, and greens. Dressing, beans and rice were on the table, of course. Everything on the chalkboard was either $13 or $14. If you want to try your Spanish, click on the chalkboard above and have at it.
We don't know what the bright red item, right, featured on a previous post was called, but at least three of the ladies selected it. An absolutely gorgeous presentation, they agreed.
Ladies in the group photo, below, are Nancy, Sue, Mary, Brenda, Cynthia, Judy, Kathy and Katie. Mary is the daughter of Brenda and Dick Robertson; Sue Krueger is her aunt. Mary is a veterinarian and will be purchasing a home soon in southern Minnesota. The hardest part of that?
Leaving her beloved St. Paul. Upon hearing this, Kathleen bonded immediately with this young lady. It is Katie's dream to someday live in St. Paul again.
(Photo: Sue Kreuger, Mary and her mother, Brenda Robertson)
Cafe Poca Casa has a full bar and boasts exceptional margaritas.
The ladies finished lunch in two and a half hours, including dessert, which is about as long as it takes their spouses to golf nine holes and grab a sandwich at the turn.
I am Karen Rolfsrud Kirmis' youngest son, and I read your blog from time to time and think it's great! I have attached a neat pic that I took out on the Rolfsrud homestead outside of Watford City of my daughter, Natalie Kirmis. Thought you might enjoy the scenery!
Thanks so much, Nathan. We love getting pictures and notes from family and friends. Your photo is so reminiscent of the many priceless historical family photos pasted into scrapbooks by our parents. How old is Natalie?
Note to occasional readers: If you want to see the Don and Karen Kirmis place, type kirmis in the little "search blog" box above left. You'll see all stories with kirmis in them.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Here's the note she posted:
Kim and Adam reported in from an internet cafe yesterday. They want everyone to know the trip is excellent and the sites are as wonderful as they had imagined. They also want you to know they are well and SAFE. Information in the note is scant, they had but a moment to stop. Becky will pick them up at the airport next Sunday.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Much of the money that paid for the "poker palace" came from Randy's late father, Oscar, who named his fledgling congregation at Bad Medicine Lake in the early '60s, "the Church of the Good Creation." Hence, "the Church of Good Poker." A photo of of the Rev. watches kindly over the proceedings.
When the gamblers went home, the bed dropped down and Kathleen and Stan spent three wonderful nights in the garage. A fine host and friend, that Randy.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
We had great fun listening to Tony tell his sheriffing stories. He patrols a huge portion of the Imperial Valley and gets involved with everything from domestics, to sand buggy mania to retrieving the occasional human leg from the water reservoir.
We saw all the nonsense in the sand dunes. There is major industry hosted by the Bureau of Land Management which centers on driving four-wheelers up and down the sandy hills, and racing around in circles. Thousands of campers and RVs inhabit the area during the winter months, scooting around in random patterns up and down the hills.
"What if they meet somebody at the crest of the hill?" Kathleen asked incredulously. Well, they do and that's one of the things the deputies have to look after. That, and all night parties inside circles of RVs that rival the Mardi Gras in ribald antics.
Tony and Yvonne are doing a great job raising their children. Yvonne is in school now, soon to become an English professor. Evelyn is as pretty as Andy is mischievous.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
We came in on the 10 this afternoon and found Randy's house with no problem. Tomorrow, the games begin at the Church of Good Poker.
St. Paul Katie will bed down early tonight in anticipation of two tables of No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em. The guests begin arriving at the Poker Palace at 10 a.m. Tonight we picked oranges from Randy's tree and Katie squeezed them into a delightful pulpy drink. She's ready for breakfast and Mamosas for the guests.
Randy's a wonderful host, but he's a bit old-fashioned. This posting is being done from his 1927 house on a dial-up connection. He also has the orginal plasma tv in his beautiful living room.
Kathleen briefly watched Steel Magnolias on it tonight but had to flip channels because the movie is too sad and emotional. Certainly not proper fare for a player on the make. Then she read "Harrington on Poker" but dropped that immediately to read Paul Levine's book that says some nice things about Randy in the foreward.
As we drove into LA today, we kept scanning the skies for helicopters, hoping to see one of the many chases featured so often. No luck.
We'll sleep in Randy's new guest house out back tonight. We've got plenty of photos of it to share, but, sorry, Randy's just got dial-up, and of course, no port for our photo chip. So standby for pictures.
We'll let you know how poker goes tomorrow.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Unfortunately, Yvonne and Evelyn will be heading to San Diego tomorrow afternoon for a Girl Scout event, so we'll only see them for a minute, if at all.
We'll be tracing the absolute southern border of Arizona, so naturally we'll be on the lookout for those illegal immigrants we've been hearing so much about lately. The countryside is a lot like what you see in the movie "No Country for Old Men" but it goes through the Organ Pipe National Monument so if we get bored, we might swing through it.
Tony's a deputy sheriff and has worked for the D.E.A. We hope he's seen the movie so he knows how dangerous it is to be in law enforcement in these parts.
We'll spend the night in Yuma, then on to L.A. to celebrate the end of the writer's strike as a guest in Hollywood of old friend Randy, now back from the picket line.
We note that the strike may have taken its toll. Buy-in for Sunday's big poker game is $20, marked down from the usual $50.