Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sunny California: Flight To A Baptism

The flight to California was awesome. I would rather say that it was aweful (you know, like careful, wonderful, etc.) but that doesn't sound so good. I flew my friend, Summer, to Visalia. We headed out over the beach, turned right, and in less than an hour and a half we were over Eureka. Yes, I found it. But with GPS technology, it was easy. This is the plane sitting out on the ramp of the completely neglected Turlock Air Park.

Every single one of these pictures was taken with the cell phone.






Looking south at the mouth of the Alsea (Al-see, like Uncle Al) River. The headland is Cape Perpetua.



This is looking back at the Newport Airport and Yaquina (yuh-KWIN-uh)Bay. The old airplane did not have a rear window. Now I have something in common with Jimmy Stewart. Even though this particular photo was taken through the front passenger window, and you can see a corner of the rear passenger window, the plane DOES have a rear window.



This is Summer.



This is what I found an hour and a half into the flight.



After dropping Summer off at the Visalia airport, I launched north again for Turlock and tried to climb out of the 95 degree heat to no avail. But all was well



Mr. Gawpo, Sr. shared my astonishment when my stopwatch revealed that the entire 580 mile flight took only 3hrs and 40 minutes, a 161 mph average.



When I stepped from the car, I saw this very interesting ant phenomenon: Same colony, two different sands and small wood-like shavings between the two hills.



Mr. Gawpo, Sr's newest crop. A year ago, Jack my clamming buddy gave me some cloves of garlic that are multi-generational offspring of some Michigan garlic. I brought some to Mr. Gawpo, Sr. and the braid on the right is the result:



At nine months of age, and not yet baptized, my newest niece already has her California driver's license:



Mr. Gawpo, Sr's Sicilian sausage:



Cominciamo il nostro pranzo con la salsiccia ed il pollo ed i favas. Rifiniamo con l'insalata...



I love this picture of my younger sister, K. This is at the post baptismal reception. I think we should call her Gawpa...



Gawpo, Gawpa and her hubby, Rich-ERT! at the baptism. Yes, cameras in church are acceptable pre-liturgy:



The ever-on-the-edge, counter-everything, hyper-hip Nephew #1 and, to our (but certainly not HIS!) right, the beautiful and formerly youngest niece. Each is awe-ful:



One of the last known photographs of the newest niece while still in a state of original sin. I wanted to paint a big, black "O" on her forehead so that it would wash off when the priest did the pouring of the holy water. But my idea was summarily rejected by the Council of Parental Control. Can you believe that! Mrs. Gawpo, Sr in the background where she almost always is (i.e., in the cocina)...



Sunset just south of Mt. Diablo...

40 Comments:

At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:14:00 PM PDT , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Gawpo,

This was a smorgasbord o' Gawpeaux-ness.
What a feast!
This post covered it all.
From ant hills to Gawpo Sr.'s soss-ee-jez!
Holy cow Gawpo.
And Gawpa, she should start her own blog. Cuteness quite obviously runs in the family. Loving the two of you in that "surprised" look! You and your dad...that is.
That seemed like a rather fast plane trip, is this plane faster than the other?
Okay, glad you are doing well, by the sounds of your post. I think I have an email to reply to that has been sitting there collecting dust for some time. I am terrible about emails G. Sorry bout that mate. I will format a prompt reply pour vous.
Lovely day to you G!!!

xo

Blue!

 
At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:19:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: I am so delighted that you were so delighted. And no worries on email response time because yours G-truly is the worst....especially at putting things in the mailbox! Yes, this plane is indeed faster than the first one, but I've had this one since the BOTB (beginning of the blog) back in October. The old one was blue and (oh, did someone say BLUE!) white. I love my family and maybe even love sharing them even more even. Ciao4Niao, Blue!!! xoxoxoxoXO----G

 
At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:36:00 PM PDT , Blogger AnnieElf said...

What a joy to see your family, G. You and your dad are cut from the same piece of cloth. Too funny. Little niece is adorable.

 
At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:52:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

ANNIEELF: Thanks, Annie. I wish we had had more time to meet up on that end of your journey. It was wonderful meeting you and D up here, though. And now we will hook up again with Lisa and Vicci for certain in the not-too-distant.

 
At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:10:00 PM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

che la bella famiglia! la grande foto di lei ed il suo babbo!! Vedo cosí molto amore!!

Gawpo the fly boy...I think you should be wearing a leather flapped hat and white silk scarf. Orville and Gawpo? Gawpo and Wilbur? Yep, that's Wright..hahahaha!

I so wish we could have made a meet-up happen here. G and I WILL make sure we see you on our road trip, but a group gathering would be fantastico down here too!

Your email response time....

wait, I'm counting....

Love and hugs you cutie pie,
Lisa
XOXO

 
At Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:29:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: Ha! Yes, the hang time on those emails is phenomenal. I do my best to impress. Heh-heh. Yes, you see how much love there is there for the famiglia.

Gawpo and the Red Baron? Has potential, yes?

And oh, my....ever the punster. You amaze me with that stuff, even though I know you're just.....winging it.

We shall meet. Oh yes, we shall meet!

xoxoxxoXO!

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 5:21:00 AM PDT , Blogger bazza27 said...

Wow, Gawpo, some great snaps. I liked the picture of Summer (for obvious reasons), the picture of you and your dad is priceless, he reminds me of Lionel Jeffries, who you may or may not of heard of. The broad beans had me salivating (my favourite vegetable). As for the guy with the hair, have a word Gawpo!

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 6:46:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

this was one of the mostest funnest gawpo posts. there is so much joy all over it. and i think my mostest favoritest picture is the one of you and daddy gawpo. the father/son look of shock is just priceless. however my favoritest caption is about youngest neice's last picture while still in a state of original sin and the council of parental control. bwahahaha. you all look like the most fun loving group of gawpo-esque people ever.

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 7:59:00 AM PDT , Blogger vicci said...

And......a good time was had by all! :-) The trip looks divine!!! (like in holy...spiritual etc.) The camera takes "purdy" shots!
NOW...on to the FOOD.....My Nan-Nan used to make homemade Italian sausage...my mouth is watering...and...I LOVE the pic of you and Gawpo Sr. Everyone looks like FUN! :-)...SOOOOOO GLAD you had a good time...oh...how could I forget that little angel face with the big eyes!!! Not You G !!!!! The BABY!!!!! :-)

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 10:44:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

oh gawpo!This post was so full of gawpo-ness.Made me go "aaaawwww".I missed you!! Will catch you soon on yahoo.
lovely lovely pictures.Your phone camera does seem to have a great resolution unlike most ;-)

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 1:21:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

What a bella familia..!
Don't you love these events that bring all the generations together, and no-one is too cool to attend. Love the nephew's hair..!
You and your papa..well I think you are a chip off the old block..!
He looks like fun..!
And he makes soss-ee-jez!
***
I'm not sure why, but each time I see your aerial shots, I think maybe, just maybe I could fly in a small plane. Maybe it's because you look so competent..one hand on the controls and taking pictures and all..!
hugs
xx

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 6:44:00 PM PDT , Blogger singleton said...

Wow! A scrapbook from the day in the life of.....
Amazing! Blessed! Beautiful!

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 8:23:00 PM PDT , Blogger Claire said...

A little bit of this and that... loved your pics, very adorable baby neice, LOL at the Gawpo + Gawpo Sr.pic. Parental units generally don't like random drawings on their little spawn's heads! What kind of phone do you have? -my son would be so totally jealous of the quality of your photos.

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 6:54:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Ooooo, red and white plane, yes. It even reminds me of a 57 Bel Air even. And with a Summer riding shotgun. And as if that weren't enough... sausage when you land. Some guys have all the luck.

Those ant circles - fascinating. I heard similar ones are cropping up mysteriously in the Scottish moors.

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 10:22:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Kat said...

What a stunningly beautiful family Gawpo. I used to live at the foot of Mt. Diablo. Someday I'll tell you what my crazy brother and his friends used to do with that mountain.

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 10:56:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Cameron said...

Such a WONDERFUL set of photos! Thanks for sharing.

I swear, if I ever summon up the courage to get into a small plane, I'll give you a call!

The food pic makes me VERY hungry.

Your family looks like a lot of fun. Your dad's muttonchops are way cool.

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 11:38:00 AM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

Gorgeous family, Gawpo!! thanks for sharing, my friend!

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 5:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger goldennib said...

You phone takes amazing pictures. I love them all. They are awe-some and so are you-some.

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 6:31:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BAZZER: Because her teeth are so big?

So you side with my mother on the nephew's hair. You British can be so stodgy, Bazza!

LIMERS: I asked my niece if she felt as though a huge weight had just been lifted from her shoulders. She didn't smile.

VICCI: Let me tell you---Gawpo is a chip off the 'ole Mr. Gawpo, Sr's block. And his father was the same way. Exuberance abounds in our genetic assignment.

PS: I know. It has been so long. And I have been missing our chat times. More in the offing. And thank you so much for the nice and wonderfilled words. That little camera does pretty good, huh?

SHEILA: Whew! Finally someone who shares my sentiments on the nephew's hair thang. He is a very good person. I like how he wears that even better.

(....psssst.....you must fly...you must.....)

SINGLETON: I have been so Singletonly delinquent on visits to you. Your own amazing, blessed and beautiful family shots are what hooked me to you. Thanks for coming to see mine.

Oh, CLAIRE: Yeah, what is it with parents? So strict about their children. I have a Razr cell phone. I like it.

SOMEWHERE JOE: Well, it's a '62 model, but the interior looks, smells and feels like a '57 Bel Air. Ant Circles---I hadn't thought about the connection to the "cropping" up in other locales. Nice one, Joe. You are the guide to my tour in many ways for seeing more deeply.

KAT: Hmmmm....so you were an inhabitant of Contra Costa County? Wow. They say that the cool ocean breeze that Mt. Diablo directs onto some vineyards is the secret to their success. I want to hear about what shenanagans took place there.

CAMERON: So good to have you back up and running. I got the link to your new place. Nice. And yes, my daddy-o was hip in the '70s and just stayed that way. I love him so much.

ARM: Why thank you so very much, my friend. Gawpo has been very bad about blogging of late. But he has this image of Armanda hovering over him with nasty implements of pain and torture should he tarry on posting. I love you, man!(da).

NIBBY: Aw, gee. You got into the awe-stuff. I love you for that, Missy. xo

 
At Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 8:06:00 AM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

You lucked out since I was on VACATION!!

Anyway, you must check out this clip.

 
At Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 9:21:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Kat said...

Gawpo - I was indeed. Born in Richmond (across the bay from SF), then moved to Dublin. I'll have to post a blog about my crazy brother and his friends.

 
At Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 1:33:00 PM PDT , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

I need a teapot handle. Any ideas? Joe says you are the guru of pot handles. Throwing clay and all.
xo

 
At Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 4:41:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

ARM: Totally, Dudine. Whew! I will sheck out the clip now. I have been SOFA KING BUSY! But lots of flying to get there has made it all so pleasant. More posts to come! I have lots of "when I was younger" pics to put up.

KAT: Love that Richmond bridge. Dublin? Cool. Go St. Mary's!!! And there is a Dominican house there, too, I believe. Or maybe it was Christian Brothers. Or both? Tell me. Crazy brother post is something I'd like to see.

BLUE TSG: Well, yes. You go to a pottery supply store and purchase any teapot handle you might imagine. They are mostly bamboo, but they come in all sizes and they are cheap. Let me know. Warms my heart that Joe would send you to me on this. Hi, Joe!!! Xs and Os to both of you. G

 
At Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 7:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Your newest niece is adorable!! And I'm wondering if the Church had anything to say about Nephew's horns?

I used to have a great view of Mt. Diable from my bedroom window. No kidding! I've onw some hiking around on that puppy. :)

 
At Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 7:07:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Uh "done." What is "onw"? I must be blitzed or something.

 
At Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 7:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

And, yeah, that would be Diablo - in CA. Same mountain. No, realli!

 
At Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 9:55:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACE:

Gawpo to Candace: "Look at you. You're already drunk. You're an alcoholic."

Candace to Gawpo: "I'm just buzzed. Can I have...foah beahs?"

 
At Monday, July 2, 2007 at 5:47:00 AM PDT , Blogger mindy said...

you fly too?? is there anything that you can't do???
:) like the pic of you and gawpo sr.!

 
At Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 8:44:00 AM PDT , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Loved the sharing!
cheers!

 
At Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 10:15:00 AM PDT , Blogger Jay said...

What an exciting post!
It was here, there, and everywhere.
I like your use of aweful, but we'd have to work on a slightly different pronunciation to really adapt it I think.

 
At Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 10:57:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MINDANCE: Yes. I fly. I love it more than any other hobby I have ever had.

KATIE: Thank you, Sweetest of all the Hearts!

JAY: Well I am so happy that you enjoyed the pics, Jay. Maybe we should just stick with "awe-filled." Easier, huh?

 
At Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 1:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Diesel said...

I used to have a view of Mt. Diablo from the window of a building where I used to work.

So next time you come out are you going to take me for a ride? I'll bring a-munds.

 
At Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 1:14:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

DIESEL: You bring a-munds and meet me at the closest airport. Where is that? I will go to the charts and check it out. Are you kidding? I would LOVE to get you to an aerial photo opportunity. I should post my dad's sorry-assed orchard. I kid you not----I told Summer, "I'm looking for the rattiest walnut orchard in the area...oh! There it is!" I saw it so easily. I told my dad how I found the place and then showed him the picture. He says, "Really? Is it really that bad?" Yeah, Dad. It's that bad.

I'll email you my cell and tell you when I'll be down next. I have to get Vicci in the air, too.

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 5:40:00 AM PDT , Blogger Paul said...

Off-topic & A Few Days Late, But ...

Mr. G:

I'm assuming that it must have been a slow day at the station. What? No one else would volunteer to work on the holiday?

You were one "reading" boy! You were catching up!

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 8:40:00 AM PDT , Blogger Starrlight said...

What awesome pictures!

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 1:01:00 PM PDT , Blogger Laurie said...

Beautiful photos, really wonderful. Thank you for sharing them.

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 1:47:00 PM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

OH where have you gone Gawpo dear, Gawpo dear?
Oh where have you gone darling Gawpo?
XOXO

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 2:28:00 PM PDT , Blogger the grumble said...

Sorry that had to happen to the kid.

Why the camera phone? It sucks. Use a real camera next time.

Do you have air conditioning in your plane?

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 6:23:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

PAUL: Time-and-a-half plus straight time equals happy to work a holiday. People drove drunk on the 4th. Can you believe that?

STARRLIGHT: I love pictures. What did we do before photography? Oh yeah, I remember now-----imagined.

LAURIE, Darlin': Toast a late clinking glass from me for Dale on his birthday. I'm there.

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: Oh, Lisa....if you only knew. If you only knew...

GRUMBLEBUNNY: You are going to LOVE my next post. In fact, it has to do with a little bunny. You will adore the storyline and all the pictures. It's a tragedy, of course. And just for you, I took lots of cell phone pics. You are so damn picky. I want to smack you (like Pearl in the Landlord), but you would enjoy it too much. SO! I am waiting until I download the REAL pictures. Happy? HAPPY!?!?!

(didn't think so...)

 
At Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 6:24:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MURRAY: Oh, and yes----air conditioning is a tug on a tube that juts out and lets air in. And air, at 8,500 feet, is cool.

 

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