Linda and I specifically got up early this morning, to be sure we would be at the symposium to see and speak with Congresswoman Davis, of the 53 district (that's the one we live in now). As it turned out, she was there and she was one of the first presenters... and I liked what she had to say about doing what we can to preserve the integrity of the military. The only problem was that as soon as the next speaker got up she got going. I saw her quickly exit the auditorium so I thought maybe she was headed to the bathroom, so it didn't seem right that I'd get up and stop her. I planned to catch her when she came back... she didn't.
She came in, spoke and left, and that was that. Next time I won't be so considerate and I'll chase after her. I wanted to speak with her, as well as get some contact information. We knew our Congressman, up in Livermore so I wanted to get to know the Representative down here. That's okay though as the rest of the day was very good, and we still had a great time. Before the end of the day we were once again spot-lighted for some discussion, and that was totally unplanned. At the end of the talks there was a panel discussion, and I got involved with a couple of the panel members. When the panel discussion was over, and most of the people were leaving, two of the doctors sot us out and we continued our conversation about how to make the seating more comfortable, with a specific focus on Jason and his chair.
Tomorrow we won't be going to the full day, but do plan on showing up in the afternoon. We have a very dear friend speaking tomorrow, and we haven't see her for several months (last time was at Jason's retirement). We will also probably not stay for the full afternoon session, as we have a few other things we want to get done, and it will be nice just to have some time for ourselves for a change. We left today at about 16:00 (4pm) and then had to get back home because we were going to be going to an EOD party that we had been invited to, over at Camp Pendleton. As it turned out we had nearly a half hour to just relax and kick back, but I guess the important thing was that we made it to the party with plenty of time to have a good time.
The dinner was provided by the SemperFi organization, and the food was actually quite good. It was almost another Thanksgiving dinner. While we were eating I was asked if I would be interested in playing their Santa, for the kids. I have done things like this in the past, so I was comfortable with it, and said, "Yes." Linda said there were about 30 kids there, with ages ranging from a couple of days (two newborns) up to 9 years. It was a good experience for me, and let me recall how it felt when I had done it in the past. They said I was to do it again next year, so I guess they liked me.
The drive home was faster than the drive to the party, so we arrived at a better time. I am getting tired so I'll be closing up now. Tomorrow I plan on getting up early again an going for a bike ride. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.