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Stell, Charlie & Grace.

T’was a Dark and Stormy Day….

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January 31, 2016 dawned rainy, cool, windy and with dark skies. The first Mystery Lunch Run of the year and El Nino arrived at the same time. Poor Charlie and Grace Stell must have woken up and wondered if all their careful planning was going to run down the drains and out to sea. They had a long list of RSVPs, something over 35, but who would brave the elements and who would chicken out? What to tell the restaurant (and for those who have planned one of these, you know how hard it is to find a restaurant and parking for our crowd to start with) and when to tell them what the final count would be?

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When the Stells arrived at the meeting place, there was only one car in place, but over the next hour or so, the group grew to 19 cars. Now, truth be told, some members (Boers, Crowthers and Skip Hipp) brought non-Corvettes. Glenn has a good excuse, but, hey guys, Corvettes don’t melt in the rain. Even two newbies, Arthur and Eric Marin, turned up for their first run.¬† They¬†came all the way from Corona (in their Corvette!), and stood out in the rain with the rest of us chatting until it was time to go.

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Also, Mike and Cyndee O’Brien came to celebrate her birthday and their 35th anniversary, so a lot of us think more like ducks than chickens. The Band of the Brave included: Stells, Webers, Steve Glenore, Glenores, Sommars, Lana Jenkin and her friend Cathy, Crowthers, Skip Hipp, Boers, Crooks, Bill Stedfield, Homans, McIntoshes, O’Briens, Marins, Norbys, Priebes, Dave Hellman and the Hackworths, who caught up with us part way along the trip.

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The rainy route took us down to Rainbow Canyon Road and onto Old 395, all the way to Hwy 76 West to the 5 South. Betsy Crook asked if we were going to need our passports, but no, we got off on Cannon Road and headed out to Carlsbad Blvd, for views of pretty wild surf. Our destination was O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub, where we were the opening act and were welcomed with extra staff on hand. The menu was diversified, so Irish style and omelets and burgers as well. No one seemed to be at a loss for something to eat. We all sang Happy Birthday to Cyndee before we dug into our food. Since it was an early lunch, the group began to break up a little earlier than usual and head out into heavy rains on the roads on the way home.

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We want to thank Arthur Marin for bringing his son along and hope to meet his wife, Viveca, in the future. We also want to wish Eric Marin good luck at Boot Camp at the end of February. Jim Sommars, Eric has his eye on your C-7 so watch out! Hope to see the family again next time.

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Thank you Charlie and Grace for a wet but great beginning to 2016 and hope all your MLR volunteers do as well as you did in difficult circumstances.

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