I am afraid I will need to drop out for financial reasons (not the cost of the dinner). With 3 kids still in college I was suddenly hit with unexpected expenses that drained our kitty. Things like, "Dad, I crashed my car and I need $1000 to pay the deductible to get it out of the body shop". This was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I will miss you all and was really looking forward to it. I will cancel my hotel reservations at the Skagit tomorrow unless someone wants to grab it. :blink:
Thug, my comment was based on a friend who retired to a little island just South of Alaska......Hawaii. I figure that makes you just Southwest of Catalina (26 miles offshore of Los Angeles). So that would make you part of the "Western" area, right?