Saturday, August 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Mariah!

Mariah and Me

Happy 17th Birthday to one of the great loves of my life, my granddaughter Mariah. A senior in high school, preparing for college, on the softball team, a tough competitor, studies hard and has a big heart for her family and friends, she makes us proud! Love you pass the stars kid!! Nana & Pop Pop

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Lesson in Proper Etiquette

Years ago, when I bought my first car, a 1966 Chevy Impala SS, I picked up some of my friends for a night of cruising and partying. It was 1973, I was eighteen years old, and I was ready to conquer the world!
We had just left Mister Ed's Liquor Store on Rosemead Blvd just north of Washington Blvd in Pico Rivera. I took a short cut through an alley. Almost as soon as I turned into the alley a cop pulled up behind me and put on his lights. I stopped the car and waited. A few seconds later another car pulled up directly in front of me with another car behind him. All of us felt unjustly victimized by the cops.
Without thinking I got out of the car. I was angry and I was really going to give the cops a piece of my mind, especially since I felt I was in the right. No sooner did I raise my arm and begin talking, then I was on the ground face first, with two guns at the base of my skull. One of them had their knee on my back. I could feel the sandy grit and other debris against my cheeks. It did not feel good.
Suddenly I was scared. I figured out immediately that I should have kept my dumb ass in the car. I thought to myself “One wrong move and a gun might go off”. That was the only thing on my mind. I kept perfectly still. I was oblivious to everything they were saying to me. A minute or two later they let me up.
Later, after they were done checking me out, the first officer that pulled me over said “Look son, that was a stupid thing you did! Never get out when the police pull you over. We don't know what you're going to do! Next time keep your mouth shut and keep both of your hands on the steering wheel and wait for the officer!” “Yes Sir!” was all I could come up with. My pride and ego were bruised but I was otherwise okay. It was a valuable lesson and one that I never forgot
So what's the moral of the story? At some point, whether you are in the right or in the wrong, we are responsible for taking steps to save our own lives. I have no doubt that had I resisted I would have been shot. Take responsibility for your own life!!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Classic Photo: A Moment in Time

My Son Andrew and I

A moment in time, with my son Andrew in 1985, caught on camera. Nothing stays the same and time waits for no man, so cherish the moments!

That's my old Toyota Land Cruiser we're leaning against. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I just finished working out and my wife Jeri snapped that photo. Many, many moons ago! Time goes by fast when you're having fun!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Huevos Rancheros (Ranch Style Eggs)

Huevos Rancheros Ingrediants

Huevos Rancheros with Potatoes
Huevos Rancheros

Some things are just made better at home. Huevos Rancheros is one of those things. With few exceptions, whenever I order Huevos Rancheros in a restaurant, it almost always come weakly covered in a salsa - the same salsa they bring with the totopos (tortilla chips) That's unacceptable.

Huevos Rancheros should have some substance to it, some bite to it. It can be made with or without meat. It's easy to make and all the ingredients can be adjusted to your taste. 

I keep it simple: Green chilies, yellow chilies (chile gueritos), canned tomatoes (preferable to fresh), onion, garlic, water, salt & pepper and a good quality Monterrey Jack Cheese. Chop and or mash all the ingredients in a bowl, add water just to cover and mix. Pour some cooking oil in a small sauce pan and fry the chile and tomato mixture for about 20 minutes and then add (whatever amount you want) diced Jack Cheese.

Meanwhile, lightly fry a corn tortilla - about 30 seconds on each side - plate the tortilla and top with two over easy or sunny side up eggs,. ladle some sauce over the top and serve with some fried potatoes. If you prefer rice and beans, go for it but I prefer potatoes.

This was the way my father would make Huevos Rancheros. It was and is one of our family's comfort food and it can be eaten, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Addendum: Roast the chilies and remove the skin before mixing with the other vegetables.

Those Were the Days (My Friends) by Bonnie Tyler

To my friends that I grew into manhood with. Though we have parted ways and have not seen each other in some years, I cherish the memories. We fought, we won and we lost, we loved and we also won and lost. We drank the night away! We lived! We stood our ground. But time can be ruthless! Those were the days my friends!! This is for you!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kern River Blues by Merle Haggard

"Kern River Blues" the final song written and performed by Country & Western Legend (We still call it Country & Western). He doesn't fail. The song is a testimony to his life and career. Merle Haggard still very much on our minds and in our hearts!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Douglas Aircraft Company - Section Manager Training Program Certificate of Participation

Randy De La O

Douglas Aircraft Company Certificate of Participation

Of all the mementos and memorabilia that I have accumulated over the years working at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Aircraft Companies, this is the one that means the most to me. It's the one that I'm proudest of. It probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans outside of MDC/Boeing but it represents a year of schooling and on the job training. It was earned. The program and class, in my case, ran from July 1988 to July 1989. The certificate itself was presented to me by the Douglas Aircraft Company-Long Beach, a subdivision of the McDonnell Douglas Company.

In some ways it changed my life forever. I conquered so many personal fears during this time. I met people that I might never have met otherwise. Good people. It was a great time in my life and a great personal memory.

There was a informal "Graduation" at the completion of the program. The above photo is from that day.