celebration

Grandma's Birthday

Today is Grandma’s Birthday.

We went out to a local Mexican restaurant named Rio Bravo to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.

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Been really far away from my own mother has made me care a lot for my mother-in-law, She, like every person her age, has her quirks but like me and my wife always say: “There is nothing more important than family”.

Happy Birthday Grandma!!

A 50 year Anthology

Just came back from the Dominican Republic, where I went with my wife to join my sisters and my parents in celebrating my little brother’s 50th birthday.

He wanted to have a completely different birthday than anybody else, and he been the creative person he is, he decided to marry his love for music with the event and celebrated his birthday with a concert.

In other words, he regaled everybody that attended his party with a concert where he and three other musicians played five songs; one for (and from) each decade of his life.

It was an extremely memorable and emotional birthday…

Sebas in Flight

Sebas in Flight

One of the musicians was my nephew Sebastian Mueses, playing Bass.

I am so incredibly proud (as his father is) of how breathtakingly talented he is. I believe that he will achieve impossible heights.

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They played Jazz versions and arrangements of Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees, 79), Is there Anybody Out There (Pink Floyd, 89), Spiritual (Josh Hayden, 99), Suffering (Lars Daniels, 2009) and finally Mild (Jakob Bro, 2019).

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The other musicians (Sebastian’s friends) were of the same caliber and the night was filled with music to the delight of all of us attending.

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At the end of the night, my brother’s sister-in-law made an incredible gesture. She decided to sing a few songs in his honor. None of the songs were rehearsed and these talented guys were able to perform flawlessly.

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As birthday’s go, this one was so unique, that I am sure that none of the people that were there that night are ever going to forget it.

Ara singing for us…

Ara singing for us…

Harborview Market for a Birthday

We went out to celebrate our son’s 22nd birthday.

My wife had suggested we go to this place called Harborview Market in Fairfield a mere 12 minutes from our house.

She had to take our youngest to visit the dentist so she called me to make sure I got there early to see if I could get us a table.

You see, Harborview Market is just that, a Market that has a bunch of tables with a large collection of what looks to be chairs that have been gathered through tag sales.

Every chair is different…

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When I got there, the place was jam packed and I had to park my car about a block away, on a rainy day.

I asked in front if I could reserve a table for 10 people and they informed me that they didn’t take reservations. All I could do, was wait and hover over the tables until one was available.

That took about 45 minutes…

My brother-in-law arrived with his wife and daughter, as well as my son and his girlfriend. I asked them to hover over some tables to see if one of us got lucky.

In the end, it paid off as we started to sit with some strangers in the hopes that when they left we will have the table to ourselves.

When we were about to settle in two tables, my wife arrived with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, and of course, she saved the day!!

She managed to wrangle a family that was leaving and we all sat at this antique round table ready to eat.

OUR table at Harborview Market

OUR table at Harborview Market

We started with some delicious Croissants that my wife had ordered ahead of time, and then everybody ordered their own thing. My choice was a wonderful Cuban Sandwich that turned out to be huge and AWESOME!.

We had coffee, Juice and talked just about everything and everybody had a great time.

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

We got to meet the owner of the place as he came over to our table and introduced himself. He was extremely nice!. We later found out that he his originally from Cuba, but was raised here and he spoke Spanish fluently.

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Everybody left with a full stomach and a smile on their faces. We definitely have to come back to Harborview Market!.