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Sunday, January 15, 2012

OK, let's have a Party,
We are no party animals, but when friends came by yesterday and asked us whether we would go to a party in town we accepted. 


The party was at the Silverado Ranch and the reason they had it was Enrique's 65th birthday. A birthday party. We had been at "The Ranch" before, so we knew a bit about it. A big open hall with walls at the small ends only, and open to the sides is the place where it happens.


Shortly after our arrival a 4-man band assembled on stage. (Yep, they have a stage!) and started to blow the tunes of the  fifties and sixties. It was good music but LOUD. I saw other snowbirds installing their earplugs. In fact they were dancing with earplugs. We didn't bring ours - how would you know about it? So we sat tight, hoping for a break. There was somethig else I had forgotten to bring - a warm jacket. See, it was a cool day out here and I should have known. So in order to stay warm we milled with the other dancers.


Enrique and his wife Elvira have a lot of friends between snowbirds and have been known to throw a party from time to time. There is always lots of food, drink and dance. A couple of years ago they had hired a full-blown Mariachi band. THAT brought the old legs to moving around.


When the first band quit after an hour, another band mounted the stage. The new band had a couple of real oldtimers working the instruments over and some were Enrique's and Elvira's family. Have you guessed it that they are Mexican? . Their music was many decibels lower and somehow increased the number of dancers rapidly. 


We had some food but with the outside temperatures I felt a shiver creeping up on me, so we took our farewells and thanks for the company.


After warming up in the coach and a coupla hours later our neighbours popped over, and we played cards for a while. Well, they taught us a new card game. Don't even know the name of it, but we had great fun.


And that was Saturday. 


Now, looking out of the window I can't see the sun. A cloudy day and if I remember it right the weather guy had annonced "a chance of rain". Normally, that doesn't happen out here, and if we get rain, then it might be a torrential one. In that case we have only one way out of here - the old broken Hwy 80, as the dirt roads will be transformed into mud beds.



4 comments:

  1. We have heard about the parties at the Ranch but have never been there at the right time to attend one. Maybe someday! Too bad you didn't take your jackets.

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  2. Glad you had a great time at the party even though you aren't party animals.

    It was a little cloudy and cool in Quartzsite too. I certainly hope it warms up.

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  3. I don't think I've ever heard dancing described as "milling with the other dancers to stay warm." I love it. But I'm with you - when I start to get cold it's time to go home. Our weather's pretty yucky here today - a few raindrops, cold, cloudy. Hope it doesn't last very long. Loved your last picture of the flag.

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  4. sounds like it was a great party..have a super week...

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