Indio, California: That crazy Grand Dawg of mine hijacked my blog last night! Lisa has him in Doggie Daycare, where he is learning so much – but I had no idea he was smart enough to write and publish a blog. Oops, never-mind. I am smart enough to write and publish a blog. 

Ergo, I am as smart as a dog.

The Coachella Music Festival is over. 75,000 people attended the festival at the nearby polo grounds EACH DAY for three days! Now you may understand why the traffic has been so horrible around here?

We finally left the RV resort this morning to return Reese to The Lovely Lisa. This was quite fun because we were able to tour the home she and eight friends had rented for the festival weekend. The girls had been telling us about the gorgeous house and we were anxious to check it out ourownselves.

This the entrance to the house, which sits on a golf course. The right side is the 3-car garage, the left is a casita (guest house with a separate entrance).

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That really is a purple leather sofa with massive ottomans. Yes – that is a fushia chair. Yes – they are watching The View.

The entry is to the left. We think the pool table is in the “formal dining room”. There is a table for eight off the kitchen. There are bedrooms and bathrooms everywhere and two sets of washer-dryers. The Master bedroom has a king canopy bed and a soaking tub tiled in slate – gorgeous!

The kitchen has impressive professional appliances, two sinks, dishwasher, a wet bar with ice maker, all the small appliances you could need and – for some odd reason – an exercise bike in the walk-in pantry… or would that be a “ride-in” pantry? There were fresh flowers all over the house.

But who cares about what is inside the house, when this pool is outside? There is a hot tub to the right, golf course view beyond and a swim-up bar. On the other side of the bar stools (left) is a service bar with built-in gourmet gas grill and outdoor kitchen! Between the house and the pool is a huge covered patio with tables, chairs, lounge chairs and a fun selection of pool floaty-toys. The kids didn’t go over to the music festival until around four o’clock each afternoon, so they really used and enjoyed this rental. I think Lisa is going to rent the house again next year.

We dropped-off Reese and said goodbye to the “kids” who were frantically racing around tidying up the joint, showering and packing their bags to head back to their homes – which range from Los Angeles to New York City. They had a blast!

Next, we drove into Palm Desert to have lunch with my Dad at Sherman’s Deli. Dad is leaving tomorrow – heading back to Yuma – and we won’t see him for several weeks.

I only ran three miles this morning, so should not have even entered the doors to Sherman’s Deli… but I needed a fix. The lunch special today was a Latke Reuben. How could I refuse?

The Latke Reuben special, $12, was sliced corned beef or pastrami on a giant latke (potato pancake), covered with sauerkraut and topped with melted Swiss. Basically, an open-faced Reuben sandwich. Apparently, a potato pancake isn’t quite enough potato, because the sandwich is served with waffle fries! I brought 2/3’s of this beast home in a doggie bag.

David ordered a pastrami & turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese on rye. His sandwich was served with their tasty potato salad. Sherman’s meats are just the best quality. A large platter of pickles and sauerkraut is served to the table. Half of this sandwich came home with us in a doggie bag.

And, dang, we no longer have a dog!

My Dad chose the more reasonably-sized French Dip sandwich. No doggie bag required.

You may recall, our talented niece, Carla, is in a movie currently being filmed in Oregon. (See my post from February 10th). The film company has released a teaser for the film on Vimeo. Carla is the young girl appearing at 14 seconds (in the background) and at 22 seconds (falling onto a bed/pillow).

What does this video mean? I have no idea.

I am happy to report The Lovely Lisa and my Guest Columnist are now back in Los Angeles. We will see them again next weekend.

Debbie & Mark came by just after six o’clock to take us to dinner in Old Town La Quinta at one of our favorite spots – Stuft Pizza. Since this was Boston Marathon Monday, Dave retold his Boston Experience from 1980 during dinner. Gee, I wish you were all there for that tale-telling.

Congrats to Ryan & Meb for their great finishes today in Boston.

Until my next update, I remain, your stuft correspondent.

RV Park: Motorcoach Country Club. The nicest RV resort in America. Trust me. The MCCC is a motorcoach-exclusive RV resort. 400 sites – all privately-owned. Sites include 50 amp power on paved sites, water, sewer, cable, wifi and natural gas. Three pools and numerous spas, waterway for electric boats, restaurant, bar, fitness center, three tennis courts. Convenient location. Gorgeous facility.

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