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The Official Pa (Jim) Goes Home on June 19, 2019 Celebration Thread!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mike Buckley, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Pa (Jim) is cleared to go home on June 19 and he has already told us that there will be a celebration. Nobody can outdo the folks at Nikon Cafe, so let's please plan our own celebration for him, his family and friends from all of us all over the world who have gotten to know him here at the Cafe.

    His unexpected health saga that temporarily put him in a coma occurred while he was on vacation in Italy, but don't feel limited by that theme; anything that relates to how Jim has inspired you recently or over the years will be ideal. Your celebration can be a simple post in the thread, something relatively grandiose, or anything in between.

    I'm gonna give this some thought, so I haven't yet decided how I'm going to commemorate Jim's return to home. I can promise, however, that what ever I decide, there will be an ear-to-ear smile on my face.

    Anyone who wants to put out ideas will be appreciated. As an example, I see in the thread where Jim announced the great news that Nick (Palouse) will be drinking red Italian wine. That idea is extremely difficult for me to turn down!
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  2. I don’t drink but I can have a large bowl of pasta.
  3. Great idea! A snapshot of it, please, if that's convenient.
  4. I have decided on a classic spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce and an Italian wine made of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The meal will begin of course with a toast to Jim's return home.
  5. Sounds like a great choice, Mike.
  6. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Cheryl will make her famous Philippine fruit salad this weekend.
    You know, the one with 105% sugar in it. You can't commend anything after it because your teeth are stuck together...

    I'll post pictures later.
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  7. Thinking of you today, Jim!! It's a day of working today, so not much time to celebrate here. But I am celebrating in spirit!!

  8. Look forward to the pictures, but sounds too sweet for me.
  9. Greetings from home!

    On my exit interview with the diet specialist I did ask about wine, and the response was "of course...wine won't hurt anything!".
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  10. THAT is my kind of dietician.
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  11. Well, now...I feel compelled to copy my post from Jim's initial thread where I first learned about his dietician:

    Wrong response; it should have been, "Wine helps everything!" :ROFLMAO: 

    Last weekend one of our guests for supper mentioned that too many people don't drink enough water. I reminded her that wine is about 80% water. :happy: 
  12. We're gonna celebrate with salmon filets and a bottle of our favorite chardonnay.
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  13. And that is?
  14. Just a quick, handheld snapshot using ceiling lighting of the ingredients for tonight's spaghetti and meat balls celebrating Jim's return to his home.

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  15. Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve.

    Looks promising.
  16. It has been way too long since I have tried that wine and I should correct that error.
  17. It's especially my wife's favorite. I prefer something slightly drier like Macon Villages.

    It's the first wine I've had since April 28 and I'll admit I didn't enjoy it that much. Only drank one small glass. Maybe I just need to get my taste buds warmed up.
  18. Everything about the food worked out ideally. Even so, the highlight of the meal was toasting to you.

    I was thinking probably something similar, that perhaps there are medicines in your system still affecting your taste buds.
  19. I hope so.
  20. Hoisting a glass of beer in your honor, Jim!!! (I'm not much of a wine drinker, sorry!)

    Like Mike, I had an Italian-influenced meal tonight: spaghetti with basil/olive oil/garlic/two kinds of cheese/pine nuts/etc. Pesto, to which I added more cheese, both Pecarino Romano and shaved Parmesan, tossing in a few Kalamata olives because I just love them dearly even though they are not a traditional part of this meal, and, oh, yes, I also added more garlic to the Pesto, too. Delicious!

    I remember some years ago when I was hospitalized for something-or-other and didn't get to enjoy beer for quite a while; the first glass or so that I had of it upon returning home was not nearly as nice the tasting experience as I'd anticipated, which surprised me, but I do think that part of this was due to the fact that there were still medications in my system and that also I hadn't consumed any alcoholic beverages for well over two or or maybe by that point it was three months. The beer tasted different to me, and although not really unpleasant, I was certainly not appreciating it, enjoying it and feeling refreshed by it the way I usually would. I also noticed that when I went out to eat right around that time, too, that the meal that I ordered, while one of my favorites in a favorite restaurant, tasted unusually salty to me and I realized that the hospital food was undoubtedly very sparing on the salt, too, unlike a restaurant! Big difference!
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