|Letter from Los Angeles
||Saturday | 19 April 2014
Los Angeles, California: Our last day of
Leo-duty was not exactly a full-day of responsibility. The kids knew we had
already planned to be at Mt. San Antonio College, in nearby Walnut, California,
to watch a track meet.
To accommodate our schedule, Lisa arranged for Leo's babysitter (same woman who
stayed with him while we went to dinner Wednesday) to bridge the time between
our departure to the track meet and Lisa & Lenny returning from their Mexican
Again, the first words out of Leo's mouth this morning were something about his
new bike. Wannaride! The sun was shining, the birds were singing and we
spent a lot of time outside. Leo rode his tricycle around and around and around
and around the patio dining table.
I made Leo potato pancakes and uncured turkey bacon this
morning. He only ate the turkey bacon - plus a huge bowl of fruit.
Before leaving for the meet, I prepared a quinoa (approved for Passover
as it is a seed, not a grain!), maple-glazed sweet potato, toasted
pumpkin seed, kale and red pepper salad for us to take the meet - plus I
made a potato-gruyere gratin and Mustard Chicken to serve the kids for
dinner tonight - with a little tomato and avocado salad.
I really need to post the quinoa salad recipe one day soon as it was
super-yummy. Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, etc... unless you sprinkle
a little feta cheese on top.
We were joined at the meet by our great friend, Bruce - one of Dave's
The track meet was awesome if you were a Duck female sprinter. Dang if the
Women of Oregon didn't show they mean business today. Duck women were
winning event-after-event and in several instances, beat
We came to watch Dustin Emrani race in the 800m,
Cyrus Hostetler throw the javelin, Jesse Williams high jump, Canadian/Duck
Brianne Theisen-Eaton long jump and hurdle, plus - a new one - Ashton
Eaton run the 400m hurdles.
Not going to say it was the best meet for a few of our favorite
professional athletes, but any day at the track is a good day. It was very hot and DT
and I were simply melting in the sunshine.
We loved watching the crowd as Ashton Eaton made his way onto the track
for his first-ever 400 meter hurdle race. A hushed murmur. The 400m
hurdle race is not part of the decathlon, so we figured Eaton's coach
decided it would be a good opportunity for Ashton to practice his hurdle
steps and just a good chance to do something he has never tried before.
ASIDE: 2014 is not an exciting year for track and field. No World
Championships. No Olympics. In a year like this, many athletes take a
little down-time, have a baby or finish that Master's degree.
Eaton was the elephant in the room. Everyone stared, but no one - except
the other men in his race - approached him. Ashton Eaton is awed. He is
the Mick Jagger of track & field.
He is the World's Greatest Athlete.
Eaton finished fourth in his first-ever (and possibly only-ever) 400m
We returned to Lisa & Lenn's as Leo was waking from his nap. The
parents had returned. The babysitter had been released. Little Leo
was so excited to see his parents and so excited to show them his new
bike. We had a great evening - the kids told us about their relaxing
time in Mexico, they brought us fabulous gifts and we sat down to the
dinner I had prepared this morning.
Lisa & Lenny in Mexico this morning
Looks like someone is going to have a baby (girl) in August!
Until my next update, I remain, your reprieved correspondent.
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