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Monday, October 03, 2011

Palm Springs....

Just two more days and we're on our way to Palm Springs.  With, oh I don't know, maybe a dozen or so fellow friends.  It's birthday time again for our friend Scott....and he always celebrates by picking out a location and asking his friends to join him.  He's done this for 18 years.  LoverBoy and I actually got together at this very belonging way back in 1997 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  And we haven't been back since.  So, we're excited!  We have spent very little time together this entire summer.  It's time to recenter ourselves. 

We will be staying at Terrazzo...a small clothing-optional resort.  Continental breakfast and cocktail hour included....nothing to do....books to read....chats to be had ..... dinners out in the evening..... who knows what.  But as long and schedule-heavy as our summer has been, we are looking forward to ZERO... nothing.  Absolutely nothing on our schedule with no agenda and no pressure.  LoverBoy asked me if I was taking my laptop with me.  I didn't have an answer yet.  I'm sort of thinking no. 

Mason will be headed back to his (expensive) dog boarding facility just a mile from our house.  It's a great place, safe, happy, and cage-free where the dogs all roam around together.  They sleep on couches, futons, chairs and the like.  There can be anywhere from 20 to 50 dogs at a given time.  He always comes home ex-haus-ted.  Trashed.  It's clear that he plays his heart out there.  Oh, and one more thing, apparently he's fallen head-over-heels for a one of the female pooches there.  A strong affinity, shall we say.  The lady who runs the place told us that she had to pull him off of the chick dog.  And that his body parts were still erect and wouldn't go down.  So, she hosed him down.  Lordy.  After I stopped laughing it occurred to me that, even I, have never even seen his little wee-wee.  No wonder he comes home exhausted.

The project that I was working on all summer long has been just about complete.  It rolled out last Monday to a full group of 40....the first of 74 sessions.  Even I was caught off guard with how well things came together.  Super powerful, energizing, thought-provoking.  I will be one of the facilitators for the program.  So I'll be making trips to Seattle off and on for the next 18 months while this program continues.  The venue is beautiful -- ponds, streams, plants, trees, flowers and lots of typical Pacific Northwest greenery.  I'm very proud of the work we've done and the time we've invested in making our workplace, our lives, a better place to be. 

11 comments:

Cubby said...

Some day if your gang ever decides to record one of the programs and put it on YouTube, please let me know. I'd be interested in watching it, knowing that you were key in putting it together.

BosGuy said...

Have fun and enjoy the sun, but don't let your tush or other sensitive bits get more than they should - that could wreck havoc with all your fun.

Stephen Chapman said...

Clothing optional eh?! I hope that you will take part in 5 on the fifth then!

Jonna said...

Congratulations on finishing your project and seeing it started.

Have fun in PS, better stick to the shade :)

Rhodester said...

Hey, be sure and look up my pal Sammy for a great massage. Message Mechanics in Palm Springs. Maybe the resort has a spa, I don't know.. but Sam is a great guy anyway and worth meeting.. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Massage-Mechanics/314393200919

Jake said...

Your vacation sounds like it's going to be amazing. I love the idea your friend has - to choose a location and have people join. I would love to be able to do something like that, if I had the funds! haha.

Love the story of your dog! I'm in the process of adopting a baby miniature pincher right now. A boy named Kohl. We shall see how that goes...

Rick said...

Palm Springs...have never been but sounds delightful. Enjoy!

Ur-spo said...

Lucky guys - Palm Springs
I get to go in mid November; I love it so!

tornwordo said...

Palm Springs is delightful at this time of year! Have fun.

CJ/Rick said...

That's got to be a comfort to have such a wonderful place to leave Mason. I just hate boarding my girls.
Have a great time!

cb said...

I'm so jealous. I really want to go to Palm Springs sometime.