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Terry & Dave Taylor

Sunday in the Trailer Park

Ashton Eaton, Terry Taylor, Brianne TheisenIndio, California:  The track meet in Poland is over, so we can now stop staying up half the night to watch the races live on my iPad. Still feeling a bit foggy and I did not run two days in a row... and toss-in the one hour time change and you get a one whacked-out Goddess.

I can happily report the WGA (World Greatest Athlete, Native Oregonian Ashton Eaton, pictured here - with Yours Truly and his then-fiance - at our Duck football tailgate party in 2012) retained his world indoor heptathlon title. Eaton's bride, Brianne Theisen-Eaton won the women's multi-event silver for Canada. Both athletes are alums of the University of Oregon. Click here to see a slide show of this amazing athlete at the championships in Poland.

FYI: the seven tests in an indoor men's multi-event are 60m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdle, pole vault and 1000m run... compared to the events of a men's outdoor decathlon, which are 100m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m run, 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500 run. Both contests, indoor or not, are held over two consecutive days.

You are now prepared for Indoor or Outdoor Jeopardy.

If y'all have been reading this website for any time at all, you may recall mid-March is time for university trustee meetings in Palm Desert, so Dave was away this afternoon for the first round of meetings. I had the day to groggily (apparently groggily is a word) get through the afternoon on my own.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I broke-out the Big Guns to snap bird photos today. My fabulous Sony DSLR camera is so old, it is no longer even mentioned at sony.com... but it is such a great camera, the Sony a700 is selling on eBay for not-much-less the original purchase price.

Not that I would ever sell my heavy monster.

A Kestrel perches on a dead palm frond outside our motorhome several times a day. I sat out there for hours with a massive lens attached my ancient DSLR camera. Dang Sparrow Hawk Kestrel never appeared. Green Herons were a dime-a-dozen though. It was also fun watching the nightly Boat Parade - with the time change, it was light until nearly 7p.

MCCflowers
Mcc
MCCMCC

There was also time for a little baking. I noticed a photo of a chocolate banana bread on Instagram this week, but no recipe was included... so I improvised, using my popular Banana Bread recipe as a base.

Chocolate Banana Bread
Chocolate Banana BreadChocolate Banana Bread

I switched-out melted butter for oil, threw-in some buttermilk (because I can't think of many baked goods that can't be improved with a little buttermilk) and sifted-in a little unsweetened cocoa powder. This recipe will need just a little tweaking before it will be ready to be shared, but I suspect it will be very popular at your house soon. The chocolate flavor (and aroma) is there, but the taste is still mostly banana. Compelling combo.

Marathon Coach has two gorgeous motorhomes on display/for sale in our resort. This evening we stopped by to tour through the dazzling coaches.

MarathonMarathon Coaches

Simply amazing what 1.6 million can buy these days.

Bamboo floors! Subzero refrigerators! Dishwasher! Washer/Dryer! Walk-in closets! There is even a small TV in the bathroom, just in case you can't miss a moment of the game to pee.

We had video-chatted with our clever grandson, had dinner in the clubhouse, watched yet another taped replay of the track meet on television and called it a night.

Until my next update, I remain, your weekend correspondent.

RV PARK: The Motorcoach Country Club - The Crown Jewel of Motorcoach Resorts. 400 sites, three pools, three spas, fitness center, golf, bocce ball, tennis, 2-mile waterway, fine-dining restaurant, bar, security, planned activities, perfectly maintained. Sites for sale or rent.

 



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