Sunday, May 25, 2014

Potluck Party

This afternoon Guava Garden Apartments is having a Potluck Party. I'm bringing some chicken from the nearby El Pollo Loco. Guava Gardens is offering hamburgers and hotdogs prepared on the BBQ located next to the swimming pool.

Although there are 81 tenants at Guava Gardens, only 25 tenants have signed up for the Potluck. I don't know why so few tenants are coming? But I suspect that many older people shrink from social contact as they age. This "shrinking from social contact" is not something that I subscribe to. I make social contact everywhere that I go.

During my several years living in Mexico, I took on one of Mexico's very popular cultural customs. That is the custom of "chatting". In Mexico, it's called "platicando". Very often when people in Mexico meet up on the street, they will chat for a long time. Maybe a half hour or more! Here at Guava Gardens there are several people from Latin America. And they all chat. And I chat with them. I love that!

Biking for errands
Whenever I go out on an errand, I have to decide how to go. Walking? Biking? The Honda Fit? Most often I choose to bike on my very cool, Prodeco Electric Bike [link].

Everywhere that I bike I receive compliments from passers by who very much like the "look" of my Prodeco. I have to admit, I love my Prodeco too. But not only for its looks. My Prodeco is sooooo easy to drive. It only has two controls. Brakes to stop. And a handle bar mounted twist accelerator to go. Of course the bike has standard pedals and an 8-speed twist shifter.

For me, it's almost impossible to stop using the electric motor! Whizzing along at almost 20 miles per hour is very seductive!




15 comments:

  1. Nice looking bike. Quite the step up from good old Mr. Trek I'd say.

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  2. Love the bike! Have a wonderful time at your potluck - that sounds like lots of fun. And lots of food, too, I'll bet. Happy Memorial Day, George! :)

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  3. Maybe I missed it, but which one did you get? BTW, wonderful to have you blogging again! Glad you're okay after the wreck and heart issues. Sounds like you're in a good place now.

    Ann M

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    1. The bike that I have is Prodeco's "Mariner 7".

      George

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    2. Thanks, George! Have fun at your potluck!

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  4. Sure sounds like fun. Good exercise too when you are inclined to peddle it. Best of two worlds. Have a nice time at the potluck.

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  5. DH, Jim, says of chatting--"That's true." He grew up in the Douglas, AZ area & his family had many Hispanic friends. Jim & his Dad spoke very good Spanish--unfortunately Jim doesn't remember much of it now. Your bike is beautiful--it must be amazing to go 20 MPH on a bike! Enjoy the potluck--unfortunate that more people aren't attending. You're right, George. Right at the time of their lives when people NEED social contact, they withdraw. Very tragic really! Adios, Amigo!

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    1. From the very small picture of you and Jim it appears that I am somewhat older than Jim but I too grew up in the Douglas area. Take a look at my website www.edwardfrey.com and click on About Me to find out who I am. I do not remember many of the people that I went to school with and was not in Douglas for over 20 years from the mid 70s until a brief visit in 1996. I have now been back once a year since 2010 and am in the process of moving my 'domicil' from Nevada to Sierra Vista, AZ.

      Not too many people grew up in Douglas and even fewer will admit it. HA

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    2. Hi Edward! You're 6 years older than Jim. He graduated in 1967 in Las Vegas (his family moved there in December of his senior year). He went to the old schoolhouse in Double Adobe & used to hang out in the bowling alley too.

      You've had a very interesting life so far--do you still ride your bike? You remind me of Forrest Gump on wheels.

      The Sierra Vista area seems nice. My oldest son was stationed at Fort We-Gotcha for awhile. We plan to spend winters in AZ beginning 1-1-15. Maybe our paths will cross.

      Take good care & enjoy your day. Best wishes for a flawless move.

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  6. Great bike! I also like to chat ... I like to eat too... ~ what fun

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  7. Your bike looks like such fun. It is so nice to have you back writing about your new adventures. Enjoy!
    Weng hasn't posted a new blog entry for several months. Have you been in contact with her?

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    1. Yes! I heard from Weng recently. She told me that she is off for a trip back home to the Philippines with two of her children.

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  8. Aha! You answered a question I had. I was remembering how difficult I found it to ride a bike the first few times after surgery. Was wondering how you could do it. The electric motor explains a lot! Looks like a fun way to go! My next question is where do you keep it? You certainly have to be wary of thieves.

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    1. My Prodeco electric bike is parked right inside my apartment. Next to the TV! Plenty of room.

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  9. Thanks for the update on Weng. Hope she has a wonderful trip. Let her know your readers are thinking of her

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