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December 11 2021
  Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
 
December 11th 2021 we were entered again in the Laguna Niguel Holiday parade. So Cal Mets members for this year were Ken & Judy Conner, Patrick Halbert & his Daughter Leanne, Bill & Cindy Harris, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Bridget Mills & her Mom, Judy Ann Smith and her friend Marty, Kim Dominguez, Chris Di Tommaso and Tony Bilotti. We lined up at the beginning of the parade route and decorated our Mets. Before the parade we were treated to a fly over from some small plane owners at Chino Airport. After the parade we went to the Ruby's Autodiner in Laguna Beach where we've always gone to for lunch after the parade.
 
 
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Decking the Mets with Bows and Jolly
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 The Parade Route with smiling and waving spectators
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On our way to Pacific Coast Highway
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Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach
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And we're there!
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From the roof
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Lunch Time
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Till Next Time 
 

Sunday December 5 2021
So Cal Mets Christmas Party
 
Sunday December 5th 2021 we had out Christmas party at our members John and Anita Fildes beautiful home in Mission Viejo. We were having trouble finding a good place fot this years party and John and Anita invited us all to their house. Besides unbeatable Lasagna with some delicious 'and' they bought all the groceries! We had great conversation between us and Kim Dominguez came up with another great game for the gift exchange!
So Cal Metters at the party were John and Anita Fildes of course and a couple of their friends. Out President Ronnie Bauman and Judy, Ken and Judy Conner, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Kim Dominguez, Marcia Jones, Mark and Sorocco Weitzman, Chris Di Tommaso, Tony Bilotti and our newest member Judy Ann Smith.
 
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Coming into John and Anita's beautiful home
 
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Our Host and Hostess John and Anita
 
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Presents!!!
 
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Close up of laser etched I think Metropolitan, NICE
 
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The back side of John and Anita's additional garage, more NICE 
 
 
 
 

Saturday November 6 2021 
Trip to Chino Airport
 
Saturday November 6 we met at member Chris Di Tommaso's in Orange for a cruise through Carbon Canyon and Chino Hills to Chino Airport.
Metters along for the ride were Byron Robinette, Ken Conner, Sue & Jeff Garrett and the new Puppy, Mike Dahlberg, Tony Bilotti and new members Linda & Marlin Brandt. Chris decided not to go because of plans she had later in the day she was afraid of being late.
So we took off down Santa Ana Canyon Road to Imperial Hwy. where Jeff and Sue took the lead being locals in Chino and knowing where they're going. We stopped of at their house to drop off the Puppy and they gave us a tour of the very nicely done backyard where there are trains a plenty! Then they led us all to the airport where we had a terrific lunch at Flo's Airport Cafe and then went to one of the airplane museums at the airport.
As always we had a great time with great company. 
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 Meeting at Chris's
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 Following Jeff & Sue through the canyon 
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 Jeff & Sue's front yard 
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The Depot in Jeff & Sue's backyard 
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The tracks in Jeff & Sue's backyard. The train wasn't running today 
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Jeff & Sue 
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At the airport, lunch time 
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Flo's parking 
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From the middle clockwise- Byron, Linda, Marlin, Ken, 
Sue, Jeff, Mike and Tony 
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In the museum 
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Apollo Comand Module 
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Another guy to the left and right shot into space, No thanx! 
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Nice display done up all wright 
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Looks Speedy 
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Man closing the B-17-G bomb bay doors 
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The tail gunners seat 
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tail guns from the outside 
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More old planes waiting to be fixed 
 
 
 
 

Saturday October 2nd 2021
Tustin Tiller Days Parade
Thanx to newsletter editor Ken Conner for the write-up! 

The Tustin Tiller Days Parade welcomed our Metropolitans on October 2nd. One suspects that the word "Tiller" comes from the early days of cultivating the acres of Orange trees that once surrounded the town. We met at Mike & Kim Dahlberg's home & caravanned to the down town area where the parade took place. We skipped the pancake breakfast and waited for the parade to start. We were nicely entertained by the Santiago High School Band practicing beside us.Metter's participating were Mike Dahlberg, Marcia Jones, Tony Bilotti, Kim Dominguez, Chris DiTommaso, Patrick Halbert, Cindy Harris, MarkAldrich & friend Debra and Ken Conner. Due to the slow pace of the parade & heat of the day, some of our poor Mets were victims of vaporlock, etc. So by the end of the parade four of our nine paraders had either left to get some faster air in the radiator or were pulled over and cooling off. Six of us did have lunch at Rodrigo's Mexican Grill.  Needless to say, no one stayed to watch the Wiener Dog Races at 4:00 PM. 

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Lined up for the parade 

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One of the vehicles in the parade 

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Another entry 

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Steam Powered? 

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Thw Band warming up. The cars warmed way up later!

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Tustin residents outside their homes 

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The old Tustin Hardware Building in Old Town Tustin 

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Old Town Tustin- Main St. & El Camino Real 

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Another main intersection where Tony's starter died. 

 

 

 

 

 
  

September 18 2021
Another Great O.C. Canyon Cruise 
 Satuday we took another scenic cruise through the Orange County canyons led by So Cal Mets Member Mike and Kim Dahlberg. Mike led us on a beautiful route through Santiago, Silverado, Modjeska, Live Oak, Trabuco and Rose Canyons. We had a wonderful lunch at the Rose Canyon Cantina before heading home. So Cal Metters on this trip were Mike and Kim Dahlberg, our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and Judy, Marcia Jones, Patrick Halbert and his Daughter Leanne, Tony Bilotti and new member Mark Aldrich from Aliso Viejo. 
 
 
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Heading up Newport Blvd. to the canyons 
 
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Silverado Canyon
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What's left of an old gas station next to the Silverado Cafe 
 
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Silverado Canyon 
 
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Silverado Canyon 
 
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Santiago Canyon turning into Modjeska Canyon 
 
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Modjeska Canyon 
 
 
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Left turn to the Modjeska Grade
 
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A view from Modjeska Grade 
 
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Cooks Corner Bar & Grill on the corner of Santiago and Live Oak Canyons 
 
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Live Oak Canyon 
 
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Passing O Neil park in Live Oak Canyon 
 
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Parked for lunch at the Rose Canyon Cantina 
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These Lamborghini folks showed up at the cantina with lots
of nice things to say about our little Mets, Thanx Guys! 
 
 
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  From the left, Ronnie, Judy, Kim, Mike, Patrick, Leanne, Mark
Marcia and Tony behind the camera 
 
 
 
 
 
 

July 24 2021
What we did instead of Knotts Berry Farm 
 
Well, we had planned a trip to Knotts Berry Farm for some shopping, lunch and maybe a trip over to a replica of Independence Hall. At the last minute most of the gang had to cancel and left us with Mike Dahlberg, Patrick Halbert, Tony Bilotti and Marcia Jones. After Mike, Patrick and Tony meeting at the park next to Tony's house it was decided to change the route and destination. We met up with Marcia at a stop on the way. With not a lot of interest in shopping from those of us who showed up we decided to take a little drive to the coast and had lunch at the 'Golden Road' brewing company and restaraunt at 'Peters Landing' in Sunset Beach. We had a lovely little drive down Pacific Coast Highway and it turned out to be a great little outing by the beach.
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Tony's, Mikes and Patrick's Mets at thepark by Tony's house
 
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 Patrick led us to peters landing to chose a restaraunt a few choices
we had.
 
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Patrick's, Tony's, Marcias and Mikes at Peters Landing parking lot.
 
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This is the place we chose for lunch and of course BEER!
 
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Lots of BEER!
 
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 Lunch time and BEER
 
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The view from our table 
 
 

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June 26 2021

 

Well with Covid fading into history we were able to reserve our favorite spot in the now open Craig Park.This year we have out member Byron Robinette to thank for getting there early to grab our spot.

It was another great day with good food and good friends. We had our auction to support the clubs financial needs and did good with that.                                                                                                        Members that came for the fun were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his Judy, Ken Conner without his Judy, Marcia Jones, Byron Robinette, Tony & Jackie Bilotti, Patrick Halbert and his Daughter Leanne, Armando & Maritza Reyes, Bruce & Judy Paxton, Jeff & Sue Garrett, Bill & Cindy Harris, Mark Weitzman & Socorro and John & Anita Fildes. John and Anita have graciously volunteered to host our Christmas party at their home in beautiful Mission Viejo and a BIG thanx to them for that! We had a great turnout of members and our cars adding to the beauty of the park.

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 Us at out favorite spot

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 Our Club Banner and American-English flag

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Ronnie with some Met slippers at the auction 

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 And another great showing of Mets!

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Seal Beach Car Show & Cruise
April 24 2021 
Saturday April 24th was our first outing in 2021 again thanx to covid.
The Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce canceled their annual car show this year but decided to have a Car Show Cruise insted through beautiful Seal Beach. It was organized very well and went off without a problem. We cruised through the residential streets of Seal Beach and then up Main Street. Spectaters were in front of their houses and lining the streets with cameras and thumbs up. The organizers of the show had everyone on the streets voting for cars on their phones. After the show we went to a great lunch at 'Taco Surf' on Pacific Coast Hwy. in Seal Beach. After lunch a few of us cruised up PCH for a little more cruising.                                                          
We all Met at Patrick Halbert's house in Seal Beach. He's minutes away from where we were starting the cruise and invited us all to start at his house. So Cal Metters in the group were Patrick Halbert and his daughter Leanne, Ken Conner, Marcia Jones, Mike Dahlberg, Ken and Natalie Pollard, Sandra Nair and Tony Bilotti. It was a great first outing and we're planning more now that things are loosening up with covid. 
 
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Lined up in front of Patricks house 
 
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 Lined up at the starting point of the cruise
 
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This Thing was there 
 
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Spectators along the route 
 
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 Friends Ed and Shawnie Hawk from the old 
Metropolitan Club of Southern California LTD in front of their house 
 
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More spectators along the route 
 
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The end of the cruise 
 
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 Mets lined up in front of 'Taco Surf'
 
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 Lunch clockwise with Patrick, Leanne, Marcia, Mike, Ken, Natalie,
Ken and Tony 
 
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 Heading south on Pacific Coast Hwy to Huntington Beach
 
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 Main and Pacific Coast Hwy in Huntington Beach
 
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 Downtown Huntington Beach 
 
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And the winner from our group, Patrick with the Best Car for Mom! 
 
 
 

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