Las Madres '80 East

Happy Thanksgiving

4th    Wanda Tsafos
15th  Sara Hennig
          Philip Martinez
16th   Jeff Hennig
24th   Jim Brooks-Schulke
           Bill Rasmussen
27th   Sue Butler

Month of November
Saturday Coffees

9 am
LeBou at San Felipe/Yerba Buena
Contact: Robin
November 19
Possible Movie Night?
Contact: Janis
November 21
Coffee Field Trip
9 am
Milpitas Library Location?
Contact: Robin
December 5
Napa B&B Tour & Tasting
2 - 7 pm
Contact: Sue Butler
December 10
Christmas Party
6 pm
Merrilee's House
RSVP: Merrilee

November Meeting
The November meeting was left "open" at our January planning meeting.  Janis said we might want to do a movie night.  If anyone has any ideas or wants to "host" something or plan the movie night, let Janis know.

Christmas Party
Merrilee has generously volunteered to once again host our annual Christmas Party.  So, mark your calendars for December 10th at 6:00 pm.  It will be our traditional potluck and $20 gift exchange.  RSVP to Merrilee.

20 Years of Still Cruisin'
When:  Feb. 14th - Feb. 21st (school break for many of us)
Where :  Caribbean
Ship:  Emerald Princess (maiden voyage 2007)
Who's invited:  EVERYONE!

Itinerary:   Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays in the Bahamas (private Princess island), day at Sea, St. Maarten (Dutch side- I went there this summer and it was beautiful), St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Grand Turk (Turk and Caicos), day At Sea, Fort Lauderdale

Approximate cost:  We are an "unofficial group" since we are booking very late.  So the sooner you get your deposit in, the closer to these prices you will get.  Remember it is Valentine's week and President Day's holiday.
Inside cabin:  $649    Ocean View:  $949  Balcony:  $1049  Suite:  $1349  (all of these include $175 port taxes but there will be an additional $76.36 added to all for government taxes)

Good News!:  If you are a former Princess cruiser (Captain's Circle member), you will get additional dollars off.  For example, I have been on 2 Princess cruises with balcony cabins, so I will get $200 off another balcony per person!  The amount you get off depends on how many cruises you have been on, what kind of cabins you have had, and what kind of cabin you are getting.

More Good News:  Being a part of our "unofficial" group, each cabin will get $50 shipboard credit as a perk.

Now what?  All that is required is a $100 deposit per person.  It is fully refundable until final payment is due which is around the beginning of December.  So, if you are even considering going, put down the deposit to hold your cabin.  Call my mom, Betty Ellman, at her office ASAP.  Thursday she will be in after 1pm or you can call her Friday.   Her number is:  1-800-688-8500

So spread the word.  Any questions...e-mail me or call my mom.

Here is the website to check out Princess:
It's a beautiful almost brand new ship!

Merrilee & Rich Claverie will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on the 29th!

Napa B&B Tour & Taste Event
When:  Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 2 PM to 7 PM
Cost:  $55 per person for tickets

    The Napa Holiday Tour is the first Saturday of December.  Sue Butler plans to attend and wants to know if anyone else is interested in joining her and Bud.  There are approximately 12 B&B's that you go to (some are walking distance from each other on the tour) and they also provide a shuttle to get you to each one.  The cost this year is $55.00 a ticket (unless you already ordered yours by September 30 for the reduced price of $45).  There is plenty of food and wine at each stop, and the holiday decorations and entertainment is well worth the trip.  Anyway, there is so much food, you don't even need dinner that night.
    The Butlers are thinking of staying at the Embassy Suites this year which is walking distance from the Napa Inn.  $119.00 plus tax per night includes a full breakfast and wine and cheese from 5:30 - 7:30. 
Any questions, please call or e-mail Sue Butler.

The web site to order tickets is:

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
We meet every Saturday morning at 9 am at Le Boulanger at San Felipe and Yerba Buena.  There is a Starbucks across from it if you need something "special" to go with your bagel or pastry.  Our field trip this month will be November 21st to the Milpitas Library and coffee nearby?  (Editor has no further information.)

e-Mail Tidbit

Five Lessons of Life

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
    Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

    I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello!'" I've never for gotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
    One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African- American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride! Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A  special note was attached.
    It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bed-side just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
    Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always Remember Those Who Serve
    In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
    The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice-cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The Obstacle in Our Path
    In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
    Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
    The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson -  Giving When it Counts
    Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."
    As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"
    Being young, the little boy had mis-understood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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  Hope this tip helps with your Thanksgiving preparations.

President - Janis Gerlinger
Treasurer - Vicki Rasmussen
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Coffee Coordinator - Robin Nevoli
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen, Joan Wilson and Sally Brooks-Schulke