Happy 75th, Ruthie!

December 29

[A few days before a major birthday, it’s always a nice touch to order up fresh blanket of snow for the sake of appropriate decor . . . ]

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[And, it worked . . . ]

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December 31

[For birthday eve (sometimes passing as New Year’s Eve or The Super’s sister Rita’s birthday), an evening with Tuesday Night Club at the Garden Bar on 6th hit all the right notes . . . ]

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[For those keeping score at home, this boy band consists of (from l – r):  Terry Kennedy on guitar, Jim Faber on bass, Bill Riggs on trumpet, and Mel Lamar on guitar . . . ]

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[With just a few more years experience, they could get to be pretty good . . . ]

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[And they promised to keep us up not much later than 9:00 . . . ]

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[We were with our usual fellow music groupees:  Karin and Dave Berg . . . ]

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[Paul Trumm and the birthday girl . . . ]

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[And the exuberant Deb Trumm . . . ]

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[We were fortunate to have a real professional photographer at the next table . . . ]

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[Thank you Mark Weise for the group shots . . . ]

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[The aforementioned Mark with Peggy . . . ]

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[While Karin and Dave cut a rug (well, concrete floor), The Super visited with even more fellow music aficionados, Barbara and Bob Foss . . . ]

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[She was having fun until . . . ]

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[Meanwhile, back with Karin and Dave . . . ]

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[And the not to be outdone, Barbara and Bob . . . ]

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January 1

[The actual birthday arrived . . . ]

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[Always patronize (in the good sense) your local independent bookstore and your previously local author . . . ]

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[And make sure you don’t get the cheap stuff . . . ]

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[Ready for action . . . ]

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[OK, pop the cork already . . . ]

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[Well, after a few more artsy shots . . . ]

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[Ready, drink!]

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[And, of course, this was the other big news of the day . . . ]

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[After the game, The Super wanted to pay a visit to Deb Paulzine’s (her friend and hairdresser) home to see her Christmas lights, which were featured on the front page of the Echo . . . ]

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[And here she modeled to provide perspective . . . ]

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[Then back home for the standard New Year’s Day fare of pork and sauerkraut.  Happy Birthday, dear!

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Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty.  ~  James Thurber

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