Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Mini Reunion at the Grinder Haven

Last Saturday Jeri and I hooked up with our nephews Eric and Eddie Sabala at the Grinder Haven in Ontario for some pastrami and a mini reunion. Good food and some good conversation. It was good to see the both of them. It's been a while since we've seen each other. Both of the guys never fail to show the love. We feel the same way. Love them both

At the Grinder Haven

At the Grinder Haven

At the Grinder Haven

At the Grinder Haven

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Importance of Paying Your Debt and Keeping Your Word.

Jack and his great great grandfather Ralph Flores

By Randy De La O

This is a photo of Ralph Flores, a friend of my wife and I for thirty plus years. He owned the house next door to us on Newlin Ave. He owned several homes and apartments. My wife worked for him a while cleaning some rentals. In time he became our friend, and a good one.
We moved across the street into another house when the landlord sold the house without any warning. We lived in that house for five years until that lanlord did the same thing and once again we found ourselves looking for another house.
Somehow or another Ralph found out and offered the house he was living in and he would move into one of his other houses. Like I said, he was a good man.
So our good friend Ralph was now our landlord. He again proved his friendship because in those days I think I was late with every other rental payment. He would roll his eyes and scold my wife and I. Not like an angry landlord but more like a father trying to get his kids to get their acts together. He gave me every break I ever asked for.
The time came when I gave him notice. We were buying a house and it was time to move. We left that house in February of 1998. On the night we were moving, we somehow broke his sprinkler system. Water was everywhere before I turned it off.
I called him and told him what happened. I told him I would pay for every thing. His reply was “Don't worry about it tonight, I'll send someone over tomorrow”. It turned out to be few hundred dollars, which was more than I had after buying a new house. He understood that and gave me time to pay.
Once we moved into our new home, it was one expense after another. Ralph was on my mind every single day. Every time I thought I had the money something else came up with the house. A year passed by. I didn't mean for it to take that long but it did.
Finally, one day I got the money and drove to his home to pay up. It was a year later and I was nervous because I felt like a big flake that didn't pay his bills. I had no idea what his reaction would be.
He opened the door and when he saw me he gave me a big smile and said “Randy, how are you?” I had to get it in fast. I said “Ralph, before you say another word, I have your money” to tell the truth I was very emotional because I felt so bad about the whole thing.
Then he said “Randy God Bless you, I knew you wouldn't let me down. They said you would never pay but I knew you would!” I didn't ask who “They” were but a wave of relief went over me and for the first time in a while I was at ease. He invited me into the house, offered me a glass of water and we talked for about an hour or so before I left. I told my wife what happened. It was important to me to pay this man, especially after all the kindnes he had shown us over the years.
Fast forward to 2009, 2010, my daughter Savannah was invited to a family event at the home of her then boyfriend, Josh Guerrero. Long story short (honest), when Savannah got home that night, she said “You'll never believe who I saw tonight? She was really excited and gushed out “Our landlord Ralph Flores!” I still didn't have a clue. “Ralph Flores? Really, what was he doing there?” Ralph is Josh's great grandfather!!” Now what do think my first thought was? “Thank God I paid my debt!”
Today Ralph is still our friend and he is also the great great grandfather of my grandson Jack! Happy Fathers Day to our old friend and landlord. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Ralph. Now we are related through marriage.
Photo courtesy of Deana Guerrero

Happy Fathers Day to my Late Father Andrew De La O

By Randy De La O

Happy Fathers Day to all my family and friends. I hope all of you enjoy your special day!
It has been thirty six years since my own father, Andrew De La O, has been gone. At times it seems like yesterday, at other times, a life time ago. Still there is not a day that goes by that he is not in my thoughts in one way or another. I will miss that great man forever.
Though I didn't always appreciate or maybe even recognize it when I was growing up, I see it all so clearly now. I was both blessed and priveleged to be raised by a good honest hard working man that lived his life simply and with honor. His family: my mother Anita, my sister Evelyn my brother Dennis and I,were the focus of his life. How great to know that we were so loved.
My fathers generation is now called the “Greatest Generation” and rightly so.They endured and survived and they rebuilt America one day at a time by getting up every day and going to work. Most men of that era did not have the the time or luxory to think about what they would like to do for a living, nor did they spend their time complaining about it.. The just worked. It was a way of life and it was a good one.
My father, and my aunts and uncles, did not have an easy life growing up but none of them looked for excuses and they all found success in one form or another. I am proud to be the son of such a man.
Happy Fathers Day Dad!

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Day at the Uptown Whittier Farmers Market

Jeri ad I spent the morning, along with our daughter Savannah and grandson Jack, at the Whittier Farmers. Lot's of good stuff there, fresh organic vegetables fruits, Honey, etc. A little something for everyone. You can also find some good tacos and Kettle Korn.

The grandson enjoys spending time with us there and it's has, more or less, become a new routine with him.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trevor's Graduation

An early AM graduation and promotion for my grandson Trevor this morning. Very proud of this boy. Later a celebratory lunch at Moreno's Mexican Restaurant in Orange. The food was outstanding as usual.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Grandson Trevor Graduating Middle School

Mariah's Graduation Party

Another big day for the family tomorrow. My grandson Trevor graduates from Junior high school (middle school).
Jeri and I couldn't be prouder of this kid. It will be an honor to be there for him and watch him graduate! We love this boy and have high hopes for him! The blessings just keep on coming!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Pastrami Sandwich at the Grinder Haven

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 Jeri and I had a late lunch/early dinner at the Grinder Haven in Ontario, California. This is my favorite pastrami joint hands down. It's served Hoagie style on a semi crusty roll. They have been at the same location on Holt since 1958. Jeri has been eating here since she was a young girl. It's still her favorite pastrami sandwich. When they started way back when it was strictly pastrami but they've updated their menu to include, burgers, pizza, lasagna and a few other sandwiches. So I guess you can say it evolved into a pastrami, pizza, Italian, burger joint.

Mariah's Graduation Party

A few pics from Sunday's graduation party for Mariah. We all had a very nice time She's a very deserving kid. Praise to my daughter Meranda who worked hard to make all this happen for Mariah.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adam West 1927-2017

Adam West AKA Batman has passed away. I can still remember, after hearing Batman was coming to television, anxiously waiting, along with my friends, for the first episode. It was campy and it was corny but that's what it was meant to be. I never missed an episode. I was a comic collector and this show was right up my alley and a part of my childhood memories! R.I.P. Adam West and thank you for the memories!