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The Long and the Short of It

October 25, 2015

You have probably all heard that phrase … the long and the short of it. What it actually means is, the most important point or a summary of the whole thing. However, in COTV-speak, it means the difference between the September and October Mystery Lunch Runs for 2015. In September, the Priebes and Clarks led us on the long part of the equation in both time and distance and in October, the O’Briens and the Lokkens switched over to the short end of the equation. In fact, if Cyndee had carried out her original plan, it would have been one of the shortest MLRs on record. She must have been really hungry when she planned the route and was focused solely on getting to the restaurant. So for her the long and short of it or the most important point was not the Run but the Lunch.

There were 23 cars in the Kohl’s lot by the Drivers’ Meeting at a little after 9:30am on a somewhat cloudy morning. A few couples were unable to make it at all and the Rashes were there for the meeting but did not start the ride. Bill Steed came along to say hello, but didn’t go along either. Lou Long was having breakfast at Jack in the Box and came over to chat for a while and give Glenn Crowther an update on his new car. We had a brand new member, Dave Wilensky, in his brand new white C-7 (still with the Paradise paper plates!). His wife sent him along to be a guinea pig and see if he thought she would like us….we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will meet her on the next ride! So roll call included: Clarks, Crowthers, Filardos, Glenores, Steve Glenore, Hackworths, Dave and Dana Hellman, Isenbergs, McIntoshes, John Meyer and Skip Hipp, Moores, Priebes, Vance Weir and Susan Reichardt, Sommars, Thackwells, Vilgiates, Webersm Wells, Dave Wilensky, Lokkens and O’Briens.

Joan Thackwell was dressed in her pumpkin t-shirt and ghost socks and Cyndee was almost as festive in her ghostly top. Marilyn Glenore and Diane Sommars had their Halloween manicures on display. Cyndee gave out the sealed envelopes with a clever addition, our photos from the roster so we would know what we look like. Jim and Susan Lokken added bags of Halloween candy in case we needed a sugar boost along the way.

At about 10am, we filed out of the parking lot and headed into the depths of Temecula wine and horse country. Mike O’Brien drove and Cyndee gave the tour instructions, while we heard “Roger That” from their partners in crime along the way. Cyndee gave us advance warning that it was (1) a short run, (2) there were some roads that were familiar and a couple we had probably never been on, and (3) there were some parts we might not like, but our Corvettes would make it as theirs already had. In essence, we circled back and around on Rancho California, De Portola, Benton and through the Oakridge Ranches Equestrian community. The part that we “might not like” turned out to be a DIRT ROAD. We thought Corvettes didn’t do dirt, but somehow we all did it, although we were all a little less shiny at the end of the drive. Some of the DIPS were pretty dippy as well, especially for those of us more low to the ground. 

We ended up within walking distance of where we started at the Applebee’s on Temecula Parkway – one of Cyndee’s favorite places. She then told us that she had originally thought of just making a loop through the parking lots and going directly to Applebee’s. As we said, the long and short of it in this case or the point of the matter was the Lunch not the Run, although parts of the run were new and very pretty as well.

Thanks to the O’Briens and Lokkens for a howling good time, a week before Halloween!

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