Clark and I spent my 85th birthday by attending a lecture by Gerry Fox of Napa who was speaking at the Folsom Bridge Club today at 11 am. He is an excellent lecturer. The title of his talk was, “Count, Dracula!”, on counting cards, counting points etc. As we got out of the car, I heard someone call, “Barbara” and it was my Wed, night bridge partner, Madelynn Burton. Madelynn rarely makes that long 18 mi drive to the Folsom Bridge Club (which is actually in Orangevale), but her occasional partner had talked her in to attending the lecture. I had talked Sharan Fleming, my Friday partner, into attending.
Clark and I then stayed for the bridge game. Madelynn told the director that today was my birthday and he announced it to the players as we began to play. So, as I arrived at each of the 7 tables, I received congratulations from the other players.
We had tentative plans to go to Granite Bay to Hawks restaurant which gets very high reviews for the food, though it is pricey. But, it wasn’t going to open for dinner until 5 pm and we were finished with bridge about 3:30 pm. So, another player suggested a relatively new restaurant called Oak Water in the same Quarry Ponds Shopping Center as Hawks.
Barbara and Clark enjoying an early dinner at Oak Water restaurant.
I ordered a Cobb salad with salmon (very rare) and gave Clark part of my salad. The salmon was rare the way I like it and melted in my mouth.
In back of the restaurant is a lovely pond which fills an old quarry:
Barb and Clark with view of a pond filling the old quarry. The waitress knew exactly where we should sit. She takes lots of such pictures for customers.
Thanks for all of the birthday cards, phone calls, texts, and emails!