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Old 09-17-2015, 11:05 PM   #21
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Was that perspective of the Coot from one of the pics I took when we met on Suisun Bay years ago?
Yes it was.

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Old 09-18-2015, 11:16 AM   #22
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Here is the photo the artist used to paint Perla and me. Photo taken in a busy/popular Italian restaurant operated by Chinese in Milan, Italy.

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Old 09-18-2015, 11:54 AM   #23
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Here is the photo the artist used to paint Perla and me.
Way interesting...
Yellow to red.
You are given an "edge" and Perla softened.
I go back to my original comment about the artist being fond of Perla.
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That's a very nice and creative painting. I especially like that the rendering of the people, which is well done.
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:54 AM   #25
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Wifey B: I love your obvious love of your boat. It's so very clear you found the absolutely, positively, unquestionably, conclusively, decidedly, categorically perfect boat for you. It's just so cool seeing it as you show often. You have your dream boat. Dream boat, dream wife, sounds like a darn good dream all around.
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Wifey B: I love your obvious love of your boat. It's so very clear you found the absolutely, positively, unquestionably, conclusively, decidedly, categorically perfect boat for you. It's just so cool seeing it as you show often. You have your dream boat. Dream boat, dream wife, sounds like a darn good dream all around.
I could't have put it better myself. I can't imagine just how neat it must feel to be so satisfied with boat, wife and life. I have heaps of negatives happening now, and for the foreseeable future, but goodonya Mark.
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Very nice, all of it....
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Mark and Perla = THE Poster Kids... for happy mid sized pleasure boating!


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Old 12-01-2015, 11:07 AM   #29
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Here is the photo the artist used to paint Perla and me. Photo taken in a busy/popular Italian restaurant operated by Chinese in Milan, Italy.
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We went to Doumen to have dinner in Venice.

I think Mark will get the reference.

Doumen is a place in China we visited. One of the restaurants we ate at was named Venice and served Italian, "American", Japanese, and Chinese dishes if I remember the menu correctly. Our joke was that we had traveled all of the way to China to eat Italian.

The food was good though. I had Chinese dishes in an Italian restaurant in China. Pretty sure I had pickled chicken feet at the place but chicken feet is a world wide food.

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Yes, life can be sweet.

Regarding Venice (Italy), we spent several days there, finding affordable overnight accommodations at a nunnery near Il Redentore (a domed church) in the Dorsoduro district. It is much quieter nor filled with crowds than Piazzzo San Marco. Also, there was some good restaurants in the district. We ate Italian food. The inexpensive, small wine bars with their snacks were fun places for lunch.
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Wow, that's amazing. At first glance it was just a very nice portrait. Then I saw the weird stuff. Fascinating.
That made even more interesting
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Yes, life can be sweet.

Regarding Venice (Italy), we spent several days there, finding affordable overnight accommodations at a nunnery near Il Redentore (a domed church) in the Dorsoduro district. .
Wifey B: I don't think so. Me at a nunnery?
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Kind of Henri Rousseau...ish ??
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Wifey B: I don't think so. Me at a nunnery?
It was an adventure. Booked the wrong nunnery and had to drag ourselves to the other side of the Great Canal. Street numbering is chaotic, but got ourselves to within 100 feet of the correct nunnery. No signs so inquired at a small restaurant. Our destination was across the street. Knocked on the locked door and were granted entry. A nun greeted us and we gave her the reservation paperwork. She didn't speak English nor we Italian, but we were able to communicate (when leaving, hang the key on the wall, self-service breakfast at such and such hour, etcetera). She led us through a labyrinth of stairs, hallways, and parlors to the breakfast location and our room. ... The nunnery ran a pre-school. ... That and the water taxis were the highlights, not counting the personal relationship developed with a restaurant owner (free wine), and Perla flashing a diamond ring toward a pair of snobbish German women at the same restaurant.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:41 PM   #35
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When Shakespeare, in "Hamlet", wrote "To a nunnery, go." he meant, in then colloquial English, a brothel. Fortunately that does not apply in Venice, or indeed anywhere else.
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