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So Cal Mets Christmas Party- Sunday December 16 at 3:30 pm
Conner Residence 17002 Bolero Ln. Huntington Beach
            
 

Saturday December 8 2018
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
 
Saturday December 8th we made a 2018 appearance in the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade. We had a great turnout this year!
So Cal Metters this year were President Ronnie Bauman, Marcia Jones and her friend Ginney, Chris DiTommaso with Mike Dahlberg. Mikes car Mr. Toad is still down, Cindy Harris, Kim Dominguez & her friend Diana, Ken & Judy Conner, Nancy & Patrick Halbert, Bob & Phyllis Burchett, Jeff & Sue Garrett with Noodles the wonder Dog, Bridget Mills & her Mom and Tony Bilotti. Bridget and her Mom and Jeff, Sue and Noodles had to leave us after the parade. The rest of us cruised down Pacific Coast Highway to Ruby's Autodiner for a great lunch. After lunch we went our seperate ways. Ronnie, Marcia and Tony took Pacific Coast Highway through Laguna, Newport and Huntington Beach back to Marcias' house in Fountain Valley.
 
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Decorating the Mets
 
 
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Kims' idea this year. I keep telling her that her 'day job' is 
hindering her creativity. Jeff to the left working on his.
 
 
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Chris's left, Marcias' and Nancy & Patricks'
 
 
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Phyllis Burchet working on hers
 
 
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Bidgets Mom on the left and Bridget on the right of Bridgets'.
This was good because the motto for this year was
"Snow Much Fun"
 
 
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Judy Conner between Hers & Kens and Kims
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click here for a video of Tonys'wind up car

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The Parade
 
 
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 A Mile of Smiles!
 
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Almost to the end
 
 
 
 
 

Click here for a short parade video

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Heading for Coast Highway and Rubys' for lunch
 
 
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Lined up in front of Rubys' Autodiner. We had lunch under the umbrellas
 
 
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Mets from the roof. Pacific Ocean on the horizon
 
 
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Ronnies' & Tonys' from the roof
 
 
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Clockwise from the closest end of the table.
Judy, Ken, Ronnie, Bob, Ginney, Diana, Kim, Chris's chair, Mike
Marcia, Phyllis, Tonys' chair and Cindy 
 
 
 
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Tony, Ronnie & Marcia heading up the coast to Marcias' in 
Fountain Valley after another great day with the Mets! 
 
Saturday November 3
Annual trip to Toms Farms 
 
We made our annual cruise to Toms Farms in Corona on November 3rd.
The trip to Toms Farms is always enjoyable and Toms Farms is a relaxing place to have lunch, talk about future events and get together with other Metters.
So Cal Metters who joined in this year were So Cal Mets Commander and Chief Ronnie Bauman, Ken & Judy Conner, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Leon & Nancy Hastings, Ken & Natalie Pollard and a friend, Caryl Stephenson, Marcia Jones and Tony Bilotti.
It was a beautiful day and we all had lunch at Senor Toms Mexican Restaurant then we did some shopping and chatting with each other. There was a big rig accident on the 15 freeway and people were getting off onto the canyon road we were traveling so there was some traffic on the way home but the slower we go the more smiles we get!
 
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Tony, Marcia and Ken going over the hill from Orange to Anaheim Hills
 
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Beautiful day heading for Corona
 
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Our Destination in Corona
 
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In front of Senor Toms- Kens, Caryls, Marcias, Tonys and Ronnies
 Mike and Kims Met is still convalescing so they drove Brand X.
 
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Leon & Nancys Met is having carb. problems so they came in this 
freshly restored 39 Ford Sedan I think, with a nice Mustang 5.0
 
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Natalie & Kens Met is in the paint shop so they drove this 57 Beauville Beauty
 
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From the bottom left---Ken Conners chair, Judy, Mike, Leon, Nancy, Caryl,
Natalie & Ken Pollards guest (sorry I din't get his name) Ken Pollard & Natalie,
Kim behind Tony, Tony, Marcia and Ronnie having lunch at Senor Toms.
Ken Conner behind the camera.
 
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Tony, Marcia and Ken on Temescal Canyon Road heading Back to Orange County
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday October 20th 
Breakfast and a trip to the Santa Ana Zoo 
 
Saturday October 20 So Cal Met members Elise & Tim Doran, Nancy & Patrick Halbert, Marcia Jones and Tony & Jackie Bilotti met at the Blue Frog Cafe in the historic old town Orange for a great breakfast to start the day and then headed from there to the Santa Ana Zoo. The zoo is home to Camels, Snakes, Porcupines, lots of different types of Monkeys and other animals.
Marcia discovered the Blue Frog Cafe. The food and the service were great.
The zoo is in Santa Ana and is home to about 300 animals. There is a gift shop, a couple places to eat, a little train and ferris wheel and of course the animals.The train was brought from Santas Village when it closed and was refurbished for the zoo. When you're in the zoo it's hard to believe that your right in the middle of Santa Ana but there it is! 
 
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Tony's by the cafe
 
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Elise's black one and Marcias blue one by the cafe
 
 
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Jackie heading up to the loft where we were seated 
 
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Up in the loft
 
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Bringing smiles to the zoo parking lot
 
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Going in!
 
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Patrick, Nancy, Elise, Tim, Marcia and Jackie. Tony behind the camera.
 
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Porkupine following the care taker 
 
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Anteater 
 
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Tony wanted to ride the train!
 
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The train going past the Goats
 
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And then there was this guy! 
 
 
 
 
 
9-15-18
Return to Stanley Ranch Museum
Garden Grove California
 
The 15th of September we made a return visit to The Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove.
 Metters that showed up for the adventure were our president Ronnie Bauman, Ken Conner, Dave Heller, Tony Bilotti, Mike Dahlberg and new members Nancy Halbert and Patrick.
 The house was built in 1893 by Edward Ware a horticulturist who developed the Eureka walnut and also introduced the first Valencia orange trees to Garden Grove. In 1905 Edward and his wife Marys daughter  Agnes married Arthur Stanley and Agnes and Arthur took over the ranch after the death of her parents. In 1970 Agnes and Arthur donated two acres of the ranch to the Garden Grove Historical Society. In 1971 the last crop was picked and Agnes and Arthurs son Emerson donated the original Ware-Stanley house, his own house, the barn and tank house to the society. Other buildings were moved to the two acre museum from their original nearby locations.
 
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 Dave's, Nancy's, Tony's, Ronnies and Kens
 
 
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The Ware-Stanley house and the pump house. 
 
 
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The sitting room with a foot warmer in front of the chair.
 
 
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The dining room.
 
 
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A bedroom with a heater by the window and a Chamber Pot by the bed.
 
 
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Nancy and Dave in the kitchen.
 
 
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Nancy and Patrick in front of the refridgerator. The thing next to the fridge is a manual 
vacuum cleaner. Pull up on the handle to suck.
 
 
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A pass through cupboard to put the dishes back in the dining room.
 
 
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The dining eoom side of the pass through cupboard.
 
 
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The laundry room.
 
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Garden Groves first Fire Station and first Fire Truck.
 
 
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The Fire Station office.
 
 
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A collection of old fire extinguishers .
 
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Garden Groves first switchboard and the first operators great great granddaughter. 
 
 
 
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The barn next to the Electric Shoe Shop-Beauty Shop-Dentist Office.
 
 
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Ronnie next to an old shoe making machine in the shoe shop.
 
 
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The beauty shop part of the building.
 
 
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The dentist office in the back. I believe I will be canceling my appointment! 
 
 
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Garden Groves first Post Office built in 1877.
 
 
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Post Office boxes inside the Post Office.
 
 
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Walt Disney's uncle Roberts garage that Walt used as his first studio in 1923 where Walt
produced his first cartoons. In 1984 the garage was moved here from N. Hollywood.
 
 
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 Nancy looking at old Disney things on display in the garage.
 
 
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Garden Groves first school house was closed but this is an older picture from our first visit.
 
 
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Inside the school house from our first visit. 
 
 
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The little old Garden Grove town at the museum. The small shed next to the plow is
Walts studio with the school house behind it. 
 
 
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        Kens Met on Main Street in Garden Grove. Nancys Met across the street.
We chose 'Kay's Kitchen' on Main Street for lunch after our outing.
 
 
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Nancys Met brightening up Main Street!
 
 
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Ronnies and Tonys bringing smiles to the other side of the street.
 
 
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The cute little Barber Shop on Main Street.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-5-18
Trip to Heritage Museum of Orange County 
Civil War reenactment and Kellogg House
 
On Sunday August 5th we made a trip to The Heritage Museum of Orange County. Metters that joined in were Chris Di Tommaso, Mike Dahlberg and Tony Bilotti. Our fearless leader Ronnie had it on his to do list but got a call from his weekend dispatcher who couldn't work that day so unfortunately Ronnie had to cover. We chose this date because they had a Civil War reenactment happening that weekend. The Civil War thing is very interesting with guns, camps and period clothing. The soldiers and supporting members of the 'army's' are well versed in their rolls and seem genuine, like you've stepped back in time.
The Kellogg house was the home to H. Clay Kellogg an engineer who brought irrigation, aqueducts, dams and city plans to much of Southern California and Hawaii. One of his sons also a civil engineer went on to start the Kellogg Garden Products Co. in the 1920's. 
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The MASH tent
 
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'Old Glory' going up
 
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The 'other side'
 
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Period Weapons
 
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Chris lining up a shot
 
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The Kellogg house built in 1899
 
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Inside the house
 
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Looking up, The pole in the middle is a mast from a ship. Mr. Kellogg
loved ships and designed the house interior to look like a ship
 
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From the second floor landing looking down to the dining room
 
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7-21-18
Trip to Custom Auto Service Packard restoration Shop
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Tour of Wax Museum 
 
Saturday July 21st we met in the City of Orange to start our day of fun with the Mets.
Metters who came out were our leader Ronnie Bauman, Ken Conner, Kim Dominguez and her friend Dianna, John and Anita Fildes, Armando Reyes, Maritza and her Mom, Chris DiTommaso and Tony Bilotti. 
Our firststop was an old gas station on Main Street in Orange that is said to be the first gas station in Orange County California built around 1927. We thought it would make a good picture stop. From there we went to Custom Auto Service owned by Robert Escalante. They do 100 point Packard restorations here.  After the Packard shop we met Robert Escalante and two of his partners at a cute littls Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana where our leader Ronnie treated us all to lunch. From there we drove a couple miles to a building that a friend of Roberts has turned into a little wax museum. There are many wax figures from the old Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park that have been saved from a trip to the candle factory.
Another great time with the Mets!!
 
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Tonys,, The pumps used to be on the left where the weeds are now
 
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Chris
 
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Ronnies
 
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Armando looking at Kens
 
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The Gas Station in it's glory days prior to 1990
 
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I think that pump says 25 cents a gallon 
 
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Going into the Packard Shop. John and Anita standing with Ronnie. John and Anitas Met to the left
 
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Inside the Packard Shop
 
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The front office
 
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The front office
 
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Welcomed to the wax museum by former President Reagan 
 
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Then we were greeted by former President Obama 
 
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We also got to meet our current President Trump
 
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And into the museum
 
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W.C. and Ronnie B.
 
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Smokey???  That's a big 10-4 good buddy!
 
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I'll get you, you sumbish! 
 
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From the back to the front of the museum
 
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Upstairs at the museum
 
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From upstairs looking towards the back of the museum 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6-24-18
Annual Club PicNic
Sunday June 24th we had another great club picnic at Craig Regional Park in Brea.
This event usually draws the most of our members at the same time than any other event. Because of the size of the guest list I'm not going to list it here. I will give recognition to new member Bruce Paxton who made the trip from Palmdale, new members Natalie and Ken Pollard who came up from Murrieta and members Leon and Nancy Hastings who came from Desert Hot Springs. And lets not forget our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and Mona who comes to darn near everything from downtown Riverside.
 Again we had a great turnout, great weather, great food and a great spread of stuff for our club fundraising auction.
 
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 Our spot thanx to Ken getting there at 6:15am
 
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Metters arriving and setting up
 
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The 'Jellybeans' from the hill
 
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Multi colored 'Hoodies'
 
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'Coupe De Grills'
 
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Jackie under our banners
 
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A great buffet for lunch!
 
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And a great spread for the auction!
 
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Auctioneer Ronnie and helpers, Marcia, Kim and Diane.
"Do I hear $1000.00" 
 
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One more shot of the Mets. Leon and Nancy's yellow Met at the end. They came a little late.
  
 
 
 
  
 

May 12 - 20
We took another trip to historic Crystal Cove in Newport Beach.
So Cal Metters along for the ride were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his friend Mona, Ken & Judy Conner, Cindy Harris, Marcia Jones & her friend Anne, Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez & her friend Diana, Tony & Jackie Bilotti. Mike & Kim Dahlberg joined in for the fun driving Brand X because Mikes Met is having some major surgery done and we hope gets well soon. John & Anita Fildes also joined us in their Met from Mission Viejo. 
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Lined up above Crystal Cove with the Pacific Ocean in thr background
 
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 Adding color to the Crystal Cove parking lot
 
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 The tunnel under Pacific Coast Hwy. to Crystal Cove
 
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Some of the little village at Crystal Cove
 
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Downstairs for public viewing - Upstairs can be rented 
 
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People on the beach-Catalina Island in the background
 
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More people on the beach-(Marcia,Kim,Jackie and Mike)
 
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Looking north up the beach. Hilltop cottages restored. Lower cottages waiting for restoration
 
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Looking south down the beach at restored / rentable cottages
 
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The beach looking at the Beachcomber Cafe behind the American flag
 
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Cottages awaiting restoration  
 
 
 

4-21-18
Cruise to CHOCXO chocolate in Irvine
Beginning at Member Kim Dominguez' 'Kimseum'
ending at Knowlwood Burgers in Old Town Irvine 
 
April 21st 2018 we made a trip to Chocxo Chocolate in Irvine suggested by our member Chris Di Tommaso.
Metters in attendance were Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez and friend Diana, Dave Heller, Paul VanWig, Tony&Jackie Bilotti, Bridget&Mark Mills, Marcy&Randy Hetrick. We were joined by new member Mark Weitzman with his Wife and Daughter. We also got to meet Doug and Doreen that saw the outing on our website and came to see what we were all about. We expect to be adding them to the 'Member List' soon!
They make all natural chocolate products here at Chocxo (pronounced 'choczo') and the motto is 'From Bean to Bar'. They have a delicious selection of chocolate treats and a tour of the workings of the place.
We all Met at member Kim Dominguez' house for a tour of what she calls 'The Kimseum'.
Kim has got things around her place that are impossible to list here. You have to see it for yourself and even then you probably won't see it all the first time but you will be amazed!
After Kim's and Chocxo we went to Old Town Irvine for lunch at Knowlwood inside what was originally the Irvine Blacksmith Shop and a look at the hotel inside what was the Irvine Bean & Grain storage silos. The day was beautiful and all the stops were very entertaining and interesting. Another unbeatable day with the Mets!
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Kim's marquee welcoming us! 
 
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Kim's Garage 
 
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Kim's Garage 
 
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Support for Kim's TV 
 
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Some of Kim's wonderful stuff!
 
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More of Kim's wonderful stuff!! 
 
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On the kitchen wall 
 
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Very Cool!!! 
 
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even more Very Cool!!! 
 
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The Lion in the Loft and the clock works! 
 
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Diana standing in the 'Elevator Door' to the kitchen 
 
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Another room full of goodies in the 'Kimseum'! 
 
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The front of Chocxo 
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They gave away some of these when they first opened
Good for a free tour 
 
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Inside Chocxo 
 
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The chocolate making process on the walls
Through the windows is the chocolate being made.
 
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Chocolate making kitchen 
 
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More chocolate making through another window 
 
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Lunch at Knowlwood  inside the old Irvine blacksmith shop
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Inside the blacksmith shop
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Lunch
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Now 
 
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Then 
 
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Us lined up outside the old grain storage warehouse 
 
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Looking west towards the hotel 
 
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The hotel looking east,,now 
 
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The hotel looking east,,then 
 
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Standing in a grain silo looking at doors to hotel rooms in other grain silos 
 
 
 
  
 
 
4-7-18
Cruise through Floral Park in Santa Ana to
Bowers Museum and lunch at 
Original Mikes 
 
Satuday April 7th we took a cruise through upscale Floral Park in Santa Ana. There are beautiful older houses in this area of Santa Ana. We stopped in front of a few houses for some pictures and residents came from houses on both sides of the street taking pictures of our Mets while we took pictures of their houses.
From there we headed for 'Bowers Museum' in downtown Santa Ana. There are exhibits in the museum highlighting the first Californians, Missions and Ranchos, Art of the Pacific Islands and much more.
There is a exhibit for a limited time of the life of John F. Kennedy. After the museum we drove down Main Street to Original Mikes for a terrific lunch.
 
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 Houses in Floral Park
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 Kens
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Tony's
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 Chris's
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Cindy's 
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Nice Houses!
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This was in front of one of the nice houses 
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 Us in the Bowers Museum parking lot
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the Museum entrance
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Nice Ceiling 
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An old Brandy Still
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Another great ceiling 
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Cute Girls (Jackie & Marcia) outsie the Museum 
 
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Parked at Original Mikes 
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 Jackie heading in
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Dave Heller with the Pillsbury Dough Boys Dad 
 
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From left, Ken Conner, Jackie Bilotti, Marcia Jones, Dave Heller, Chris Di Tommaso,
Mike Dahlberg looking at the menu next to Chris, Mona with Ronnie Bauman and Cindy Harris
Tony Bilotti behind the camera 
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Cindy showing where we are
 
 
 
 
 
2-17-18
Cruise to the Richard Nixon library and birthplace
 
Saturday February 17th we made a trip to the Richard M. Nixon library and birthplace in Yorba Linda California. It's the place to learn about the life and legacy of U.S. President Richard Nixon. The house he was born in is right where it's always been and they built the library and museum around it. 
The place is very nice with something to see and learn around every corner and there are lots of corners.  
After seeing the museum and the house Nixon was born in we went to Polly's Pies in Yorba Linda for a terrific lunch.
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Lighting up the streets on our way
 
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Somewhere over the rainbow
 
 
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Sky's are Blue  : )
 
 
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Were there!
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The gang going in
 
 
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Inside
 
 
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The Oval Office
 
 
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The presidential office in the air. We couldn't take pictures inside.  : (
 
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The house Nixon was born in
 
 
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The living room
 
 
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Sad, but I guess what goes up must come down
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Metters and friends 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click here for video of the Metty Go Round with a Morris Minor

 
 
 
 
 
1-13-18
Orange County Canyons Cruise 

Saturday January 13th we took another ride throught the beautiful Orange County Canyons led by member Mike Dahlberg. Metters who came out to play were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his date Mona, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Marcia Jones, Chris Di Tommaso, Ken Conner and Tony Bilotti. It was a nice clear and sunny day and the scenery couldn't be beat! Unfortunately Ken had some trouble with his Met halfway throught the cruise and had to be towed home. He got some great pictures he went out of his way to get before he had to drop out, thanx Ken!
The cruise consisted of a trip through Santiago, Silverado, Modjeska and Trabuco canyons ending up at the Rose Canyon Cantina for lunch.
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Ken took this of us heading into the Canyons
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Then he went ahead to get this shot of us coming up the hill into Santiago Canyon
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Into the Canyons
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The 'Classics' out in full force today
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Chris, Marcia and Tony had a beer at 'Cooks" while Ken, Ronnie and Mike struggled with Kens Met
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Inside 'Cooks'
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Back to the cruise, sadly without Ken
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One of our favorite canyon lunch stops
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The patio at the Rose Canyon Cantina. LtoR Mike, Chris, Marcia, Kim, Mona and Ronnie
Tony behind the camera
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Heading back into town after another great cruise!