Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

CPR, Pop up restaurant, more fun

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I forgot to mention that Bob and I took a 3 hour class at OLLI on the new CPR procedures and learned how to use the defib machines in many buildings now.  Very helpful.   Hope we never have to use it.

Several plans for the week were changed because we were snowed in.  On Saturday went to a Pop Up Restaurant dinner.   A pop up restaurant often features a new chef who is trying to build their reputation but don’t have a restaurant yet so they do a special event often in some place you would not expect it.   This one was at The Old Cigar Factory, a gorgeous two plus story brick building with food by Chef 360.  We had a delicious four course menu with wine paring and live jazz.  Here is the menu and check out that price.  Excellent food, wines, service, music and atmosphere and value.  We had the soup, beef and chocolate cake.

2014 Menu

Enjoy the below pre-fixe menu for only $50 per person.  Taxes and service charges include.
1st Course
Appetizer to share:
Seared Tuna in English Cucumber with Kim Chee &
Hummus with Flat Breads, Olives topped with feta cheese and served with Veggie ChipsAccompanied with Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose, France

2nd Course
Your choice of:
Winter Hot House Greens with Roasted Garlic Roma and Grilled Veggies
served with a Pesto Vinagrette or Cusabi Dressing
OR
Roasted Corn and Green Chili Soup Crème Fraiche with Garlic Flat Breads
Accompanied with Civello White, California

Bread Service: French Baguette with a fresh herb butter

3rd Course
Your choice of:
Bourbon Ginger Fire-Roasted Salmon with a Blood Orange balsamic drizzle
Roast Filet of Beef with a Guinness demi & onion jam
Chicken Country Captain served on a bed of tomato, peppers & Caribbean Dried Fruit
All entrees served with steamed asparagus, fire roasted carrots and smashed garlic & chive potato
Accompanied with The Calling Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch

4th Course
Your choice of:
Double Chocolate Bunt-Melba
OR
Fried Cheesecake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Accompanied by Terra d’Orzo Zinfandel Port, Amador County

It was delicious, every part of it, and we would definitely go again.

Sunday we went swimming and then to Furman for a play: “These Shining Lives”.   Another perfect production by the Furman students.   This was a story I had never heard before.  Their case changed history for companies and their employees.

In the 1920s, The Radium Dial Corporation provided job opportunities for young women who might not otherwise have the chance to earn an income. Catherine Donohue initially took the job as a way to supplement her husband’s pay. Earning what seemed an extravagant sum of up to $8 per day, and on the heels of gaining the right to vote, Donohue and the other “radium girls” embraced the newfound confidence and independence inspired by the vocation.

In the 1920s, The Radium Dial Corporation provided job opportunities for young women who might not otherwise have the chance to earn an income. Catherine Donohue initially took the job as a way to supplement her husband’s pay. Earning what seemed an extravagant sum of up to $8 per day, and on the heels of gaining the right to vote, Donohue and the other “radium girls” embraced the newfound confidence and independence inspired by the vocation.

The job was simple – painting glowing numbers on watch dials. The women were told to dismiss possible health concerns of the paint. In fact, radium was touted as beneficial to the body and used to treat a wide variety of ailments in the day.

Over the years, those luminous watch dials translated to more than money for the women who painted them. The radioactive paint also led to tough choices for the workers, and the fight of their lives.

Based on actual events, “These Shining Lives” follows the story of four women who find lasting camaraderie and the courage to stand up to the company that stacked the odds against them.

In addition to these fun activities I had an Artist Alliance meeting and OLLI Art meeting.   Bob went out to lunch with his buddies and went hiking at Camp Old Indian, just a few miles north of us.  It was a 4 mile hike and he went with the Newcomer Group.  All in all a good week, in spite of the snow storm.   I am welcoming this  70 degree weather with open arms and windows.

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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