A trip to Burbank’s Supply Sargeant surplus store for a beanie for my baby preceeded a trip to Costco to pick up my birthday present from my mom. For several years now mother and I have worked off the same script:

Mom: You’ve got a birthday coming up.
Me: Yep.
Mom: You got anything particular in mind that you want?
Me: Yep.
Mom: And what would that be?

And then I tell her and then she tells me to buy it and she’ll cut me a check for the amount.

Well this year I’ve been eyeing this freestanding cypress wood hammock that Costco’s had available for a couple months for undie three hundies. Cybele and her husband Manny got the same type a couple years ago and it’s niiiiice.

So Susan and I went and braved the mad Sunday action at the Atwater branch and came away with one that’s now waiting to be assembled and placed somewhere in the backyard.

Once home we lounged about until it was time to head up to the Montrose Bowl for the 25th anniversary party for my Midnight Ridazz biking and photography pals Stephen Roullier and his wife Alice who were kind enough to invite Susan and I to the celebration featuring all the bowling and brew and buffet you could eat.

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If you’ve never had the opportunity to partake of the Montrose Bowl there’s a good reason: it’s a wonderful retro joint with seven old-school lanes that’s only open for private parties.

Congrats to Stephen and Alice for 25 years together and thanks for having us!