Across the top: On the roof with Mrs. Mommy Ma’am, Straus the Stressed Out Mouse (SSOM), and Waldo, by the Macy’s sign overlooking Union Square, San Francisco (by the way, there’s a Cheesecake Factory there); Mark, 200 feet over the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie, NY; Disneyland is on its seventh generation of Marks (see inset), but we are still working with Generation One; Getting ready to dance! (For Marx Brothers fans: Which image is Harpo?); Dad can hear you now! Mom enjoyed Costco once she discovered that there were free eats!
Down the right side: Some nice beach people we found in Newport Beach; Mrs. Mommy Ma’am’s dance teacher F. may have ended second to SSOM in the “Best BowTie” competition but he came up a winner when M. (inset) accepted his proposal.
Down the left side: Two generations of Os. and four generations of Hs.! Uncle N.; Cousin C. & her W. (with our beloved late Auntie F. looking on); Aunt L. & Uncle A., Cousin B. and one very stressed-out mouse being eyed by Rocco (inset: B.’s husband M.), B. & M.’s son P. with his family.
Center: Mrs. Mommy Ma’am after eating at the new Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney’s California Adventure, part of our anniversary celebration; Mrs. Mommy Ma’am and S., our Maid of Honor, on the Disneyland Jungle Cruise ride—later, S. and her husband D. helped celebrate our silver anniversary; “J. & J., you didn’t have to present us with a new sloop for our silver anniversary—a free night at the beach would have been sufficient.” (Note to J&J: Delivery of the actual sloop seems to have been held up.)
Bottom center: Signposts—the less obvious one is 386 Third Ave., NYC, the site of the former Hunan Balcony Restaurant, now the Turkish Kitchen, Mrs. Mommy Ma’am & Mr. Daddy Sir’s first date, the other one was taken by Mr. Daddy Sir when he visited SC for an academic conference (the other SC, not the “University of Spoiled Children”—Go UCLA Bruins!); Waldo (climbing the SF Union Square holiday tree, again); Taylor—well, there always has to be at least one picture of Taylor, duh!
Lower right: Our 2012 Christmas tree with, at left, courtesy of Pixar & Tomorrowland, a new “green” friend awaiting the arrival of “the intelligent one” (that could take a long while in this household!); see the Mayan calendar doesn’t stop after the thirteenth baktun—you just add an arabic number (date accurate to within a k’in or so).
25(or more)-year old joke: You did know that UCLA stands for the University at the Corner of Lexington Avenue (i.e., Baruch College, 17 Lexington Ave., where Mr. Daddy Sir taught for 23 years and first met Mrs. Mommy Ma’am).