A Wet Kiss

This morning, I awoke to a tongue licking my face and it made me smile, as I kicked off the blankets on the bed and reached for my housecoat.  If you’ve never experienced a wet, wake-up kiss like this – I’d recommend that you get a dog.  Cats are okay but they’re ‘wired’ differently than dogs, and would rather ignore you.  And today, Holly let me sleep until 5:00 AM, instead of her usual time, between 3:00 and 4:00 AM – so I was thankful for the extra couple of hours.

I haven’t walked for a couple of days because I had pulled a muscle in my brain and got lazy.  Actually, I just didn’t have any energy – so instead, I became a couch potato and tried watching a little television.  But after walking for two hours each day, it was difficult to be so motionless and I was worried that I’d get ‘the couch sores’ which are similar to bed sores, so yesterday, I cut the lawn.  And that’s what brought me back to my senses – the smell of freshly-cut-grass and the warmth of the sun reminded me of the joys of being outdoors.

A few days ago, I got a text message from Sannie, my adopted granddaughter.  She and I have been close friends for several years and we confide some of our secrets with each other.  She has traveled throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, and even Iceland and she’s only 26 years old!   But that wasn’t until after she graduated Simon Fraser University and found a handsome boyfriend to travel with her on those excellent adventures.  And his name is Jacob, but his nickname is Kuba – which is Polish.  He’s my other adopted grandchild, although we’ve only seen each other a few times.

Sannie and Kuba (Jacob)                Photo by Danny

I remember the first time that Sannie and I met for lunch.  It was a small Thai restaurant in Surrey and I remember telling the waitress that we were celebrating our engagement with lunch at the restaurant.   Of course, it was an outrageous ‘fib’ (lie), but it was fun for us to pretend.  We’ve gone on walks together and once, to see Dane Szohner, an actor/singer friend, perform at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam.  Dane and I used to be in the local theatre production of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding in Vancouver.

Danny, Dane, and Sannie at Hard Rock Casino (Nov. 2017)              Photo by Danny

Sannie and I also went to watch Dane perform at the casino in Langley a few weeks afterward but this time he was performing with another singer.  Dane did a killer Frank Sinatra set, and after the show, he introduced us to his mother, who’s his biggest fan.  I gave him a black fedora – in its original box – an audition prop I’d had for years.  And it fits him perfectly!   Dane’s probably on a cruise ship somewhere, crooning Fly Me to the Moon – one of my favorite tunes.

So, Sannie and I are meeting at a waffle house for lunch.  She’s working from her home office today, so we’ll hopefully have a few hours to catch up with each other’s news.  I haven’t seen her since we got together on my birthday, in January.  I am really excited about seeing her and will post a few pictures here when I get home later in the day.

UPDATE:  The waffle restaurant that we were supposed to meet is called the Fricken Waffle Cafe on 203 Street in Langley.  But I had never heard of the place before, so I had difficulty trying to picture where it was located.  As I approached the address, I noticed Sannie on the sidewalk and she was waving at me.

I was amused by the name of the restaurant and had already made a mental note to ask the waitress, “How fricken good are your fricken waffles?”  But Sannie was shaking her head as I parked my car because the fricken place was closed!  And that is too bad because the restaurant was the same restaurant that was featured in a 2007 short film I was in (Hold Up).   It’s also where I met my buddy Robert Mahe.  He was playing the role of cook, and I was one of two armed men robbing the restaurant.  In the scene, Robert comes out from the kitchen with a shotgun and there was a tense, three-way standoff.   The last scene had me leaving my accomplice and walking out to face the police in a cloud of gunfire.  Robert and I have been best friends, ever since.

Sannie and I decided to try a restaurant that she had Googled which was a few blocks away.  When we entered Katy’s Restaurant, on Douglas Crescent, it was full of patrons and there was only one empty table left.  The first thing that I noticed was the fact that all of the customers were seniors.

My Sannie (March 27, 2019)   Photo by Danny

‘This must be a good place because seniors will never return to a bad restaurant,’ I explained to Sannie.

And while we were seated, there was a lineup of people waiting for a table.  Sannie suddenly told me to turn around and I was happy to see a young dog – in training, with his trainer.  It resembled a younger Colby, one of my dog pals.  I took a short video clip of the dog.   Click on this link to view:  Danny’s new dog pal

Sannie and I had a great time together.  Here are some of the photos from lunch:

I have been blessed with much in my life – but my friends are my most cherished, of all possessions.  It’s why I write – to communicate with my friends who live in all corners of the planet.  I feel I’m talking to you when I’m writing and that makes the distance between us not so far.

Tomorrow, I’ll be walking with a bunch of my Vancouver ‘Venturers friends at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver.  Maybe, Babe, the African Grey will be there again!  Why not join us – we’re meeting at 9:30 AM.  Check Meetup for details.

Here’s a short video of Babe:  Babe & Danny

Dedicated to Sannie Tsui



Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Long, Long Time – lyrics

Love will abide, take things in stride
Sounds like good advice but there’s no one at my side
And time washes clean love’s wounds unseen
That’s what someone told me but I don’t know what it means

‘Cause I’ve done everything I know to try and make you mine
And I think I’m gonna love you for a long long time

Caught in my fears
Blinking back the tears
I can’t say you hurt me when you never let me near
And I never drew one response from you
All the while you fell all over girls you never knew

‘Cause I’ve done everything I know to try and make you mine
And I think it’s gonna hurt me for a long long time

Wait for the day
You’ll go away
Knowing that you warned me of the price I’d have to pay
And life’s full of flaws
Who knows the cause?
Living in the memory of a love that never was

‘Cause I’ve done everything I know to try and change your mind
And I think I’m gonna miss you for a long long time

‘Cause I’ve done everything I know to try and make you mine
And I think I’m gonna love you for a long long time

Songwriters: Gary B. White
Long Long Time lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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