Monthly Archives: January 2018

Paco and Tommy with orthodontia – Sun. Jan. 27, 2018

Steve sent a text today saying that both boys are now laden with orthodontia.

Tommy and Paco in wintery Michigan. It looks very cold outside.

Paco just got his braces last Thursday. He can’t eat nuts or really sticky things.
Tommy just has a retainer which he can take out when he eats.

Erin was the only one of my 3 children not to ever need braces. When she was about 8 or 9, the orthodontist thought that her teeth would probably be too big for her mouth. But, he was against pulling teeth. He said that gave a gopher look instead of the broad movie star smile. So, he thought that she would eventually need a crowad ( sp?) to broaden her mouth. But, her jaw grew to accommodate the teeth, and she never needed orthodonture work.


Dinner with Denise Pitsch at Sea Harvest – Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Last night we ate at Sea Harvest which is a little fish market and restaurant seating about 35. It is about a block off of Cannery Row in Monterey.

Clark, Barb, Denise, and Patricia at Sea Harvest Restaurant in Pacific Grove

Look below to see a closeup of what is over my left shoulder.

Soon after Denise took this picture, the crab hopped over lobsters and got to the other end of the tank.

We first met Denise at a bridge tournament in Santa Clara in August 2013. This is what I wrote on the blog at that time:

Tumor world and bridge world get linked – Sept. 6, 2013

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When Patricia and I were at a bridge tournament in Santa Clara last week, the first pair we joined up with to form a team were 2 very congenial ladies from Palo Alto. I exchanged email addresses with one of them, Denise, because she said that she comes to Sacramento occasionally to visit her cousin, and thought that we could play bridge here some time.

Tonight I had an email from Denise saying that she had a cousin who has been diagnosed with a stage 3 astrocytoma. Denise googled his neuro-oncologst, Enrico Lallana, and came across the force of erin blog:

Denise searched the blog further and found the recent blog “Erin’s Aunts and Uncles” and there she found photos of Patricia and me:

The cousin is also going to see Dr. Jennifer Clark at UCSF.

I had not discussed Erin and at all with Denise, so what a small world! Denise has joined the list of blog followers.


This is my entry where Denise accidentally discovered that I had a GBM connection:

Erin’s Aunts and Uncles Aug 27, 2013

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80 years ago this month Erin’s maternal grandparents were married in Oakland
and afterwards had a small wedding breakfast for about 10 people at the
Lake Merritt Hotel. Today 10 of us had a sib lunch in the Terrace Room of
the hotel with a beautiful view of Lake Merritt.L to R: Clark, sister-in-law Pat, me (Barb), sister Patricia, sister Joan, brother Bob,
brother-in-law Ralph, Beate (Jim’s friend), brother Jim.

We were joined for lunch by our childhood friend, Marty Henderson Meyer. Her
mother was our mother’s best friend.



We all liked our dinner at the Sea Harvest with generous servings.
Patricia and I played on a team with Denise and her partner yesterday. We had won the afternoon session after being down at the half, but were Knocked Out in the evening session.

Denise lived in Sacramento for a year or so while she helped care for her cousin. Erin met her several times when we had lunch with Denise, and Erin was quite fond of Denise.


Dinner at the Passionfish – Tues. Jan. 2, 2018

Barb, Clark, Patricia, and Bob eating at the Passionfish restaurant in Pacific Grove, CA.

The first week of January each year my sister Patricia comes out from Denver for her favorite bridge tournament of the year in Monterey. For a couple of years now other bridge players have told us how wonderful the Passionfish restaurant is in nearly Pacific Grove. You can imagine my surprise last when I opened a gift certificate to the Passionfish from Colleen last July for my birthday. Colleen had gone on line and searched Monterey restaurants and picked the Passionfish.

Colleen had thought the tournament was in the Fall. But, I kept the certificate in a bedside drawer for 5 months. When we were pulling out of the driveway yesterday morning, I had to run back into the house to get the certificate. Then as we were leaving for the restaurant tonight, Clark turned the engine on, and I had to run back up to the hotel room here at the Hyatt to retrieve the certificate. My door room key wouldn’t work, so I had to go back down to the car, and Clark came up with his key which worked after 5 tries.

Brother Bob, who now lives in Half Moon Bay, didn’t know if he would make it to the tournament, so we were pleased when he showed up around noon today just in time for the afternoon session. Patricia and I had already committed to a team with another pair, so Bob and Clark played pairs this afternoon and then Swiss teams this evening winning 3 out of 4 of their matches.

We all loved the buttermilk biscuits (behind the water glasses) which we began our dinner with. Clark enjoyed his fried oysters and his fish stew. He had been afraid ahead of time, that it was going to be all “presentation” with small portions. I had a wonderful roasted brussels sprouts salad that was enough for 3 people. I tried to get Patricia and Bob to eat it, but they didn’t make a dent in it. I wasn’t hungry by the time my trout arrived.