Let's Meet in San Francisco

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Education & Training with Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate

A few months ago I sent a letter to a childhood friend, Carol Moran Thorton, who now lives an hour north of San Francisco. 

Over dinner at the  Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito, CA we determined that we had not seen each other for 43 years, but we spent 4+ hours trying to catch up.  Fortunately our husbands found things in common because I think we pretty much ignored them most of the evening. As kids growing up in Oil City, PA our nickname was the "Pearl Avenue Magpies"  because magpies chatter a lot.  I guess we haven't lost our touch.

Friends in San Francisco Friends in San Francisco

Carol & her husband, Ken, agreed to pick us up at the cruise terminal and were our tour guides for several hours before taking us over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Carol's choice of restaurants could not have been better as  the Spinnaker Restaurant was beyond comparison.  Even though Carol & I were busy talking, we did enjoy an excellent meal  of crab cakes and sworfish accompanied by our favorite chardonay wine.  Upon returning home in PA we found a bottle on our doorstep, complements of Carol & Ken. 

A toast to you, Carol & Ken.     A toast to friendship 

 

Over 1,ooo songs have been written about San Francisco so I couldn't decide which one to use in this post.  See this link:  Songs about San Francisco and choose your favorite.

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Mary Yonkers

 

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      Thirty years later I can say affirmatively that Real Estate has been a fantastic career. 

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John Mulkey
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Mary - It's amazing how the years melt away when you're with friends. Sounds as if you picked an ideal city in which to have your reunion.

Oct 22, 2009 07:36 AM #1
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Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
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Mary sounds like you had a very good vacation ....43 years condensedinto 4 hours WOW with an old friend.... and you went on a cruise to Alaska peace zane

Oct 22, 2009 07:44 AM #2
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Carra & Shae Riley
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Mary,

Great pictures! Sounds like you had a nice visit with an old friend. San Francisco is a wonderful city. Makes me want to take a trip up there and go sightseeing. Thanks for sharing.

You're friend in the Cosmic Cow Pie.

Oct 22, 2009 09:12 AM #3
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

John--Yes, San Francisco is magical, but it paled compared to an old friendship.  We covered so many topics, but more remain.  I think we could pick up our friendship where we left off 43 years ago.

Oct 22, 2009 01:35 PM #4
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Zane--Where have you been for so many months?  It is so good to hear from you again.  Hope all is well.  Plan to attend ZOO BOO 2009.  It is great!  Stop at an Erie McDonald's to get coupons worth $.50 off each ticket.

Oct 22, 2009 01:39 PM #5
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Carra--Our day started at 5:30 on the upper deck to see the ship go under the Golden Gate Bridge.  What a day!  More details will be forthcoming.

Oct 22, 2009 01:40 PM #6
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Irene Tron
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I'm glad you were able to reconnect with your friend.  San Francisco is a beautiful city and has so many good restaurants.  Did you try their clam chowder or sourdough bread?

Oct 22, 2009 01:43 PM #7
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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
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How wonderful to see your friend after so many years. Isn't it funny how after that much time has passed you've still got that special bond of friendship.

Oct 22, 2009 01:48 PM #8
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Diane Rice
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Hi Mary!  There is nothing like getting reacquainted after so many years.... bet you picked right up where you left off didn't you.  I am happy with you for your reunion. 

Oct 22, 2009 01:53 PM #9
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Irene--I was so happy when Carol called to say that she & her husband we taking the afternoon off to spend with us.  Now we will have plan to do it again before so many years pass under the bridge.

Oct 22, 2009 02:22 PM #10
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Lee & Carol--That is so true.  Growing up in a small community everyone knew your entire family.  Our parents were often the car pool drivers or chaparones.  So many memories.  Now my mother is the only one still alive from the five original "Pearl Avenue Magpies."

Oct 22, 2009 02:25 PM #11
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Diana--Yes, we did pick up like it was just yesterday.  We had a lot of ground to cover.  It is fun to relive the evening by writing about it. 

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you & AR members.

Oct 22, 2009 02:27 PM #12
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
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Hi Mary...It is amazing how fast the years go by and yet how swiftly they disappear when we see someone special again.

Kate

Oct 22, 2009 04:29 PM #13
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Kate--How true.  From the moment Carol & I hugged each other we talked non-stop.  A few minutes loater we realized that the guys were talking and we had not officially introduced them.  Fortunately they survived for four hours.  Now I want to see her again.

Oct 22, 2009 11:27 PM #14
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Lottie Kendall
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Delightful post - I love getting reacquainted with old friends, and the Spinnaker Restaurant is a fabulous place to do just that--my favorite Sausalito restaurant. I have a high school friend who lives in Sausalito; about 3 times a year we meet mid-way in Mill Valley or Sausalito -- about once a year it's at the Spinnaker!

Mar 02, 2011 06:34 AM #15
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Yum, yum.  I wish we were planning a trip west this year. 

Mar 02, 2011 09:38 AM #16
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