Indio, California: We returned from another wild weekend in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. After too much fun and too much food, we stopped at an In-N-Out Burger on our 2-hour drive between Los Angeles and Indio.

In-N-Out Burger = Crack.

Must. Stop. Going. To. In-N-Out.

Luckily we had our gorgeous view and ridiculously warm (90°) temperatures to bring us back to RV Reality. The Magna Peregrinus comes with a outdoor 32-inch HD television! We can have a cocktail, watch the news and enjoy the nightly boat parade from our breezy patio.

Sometimes I just need to pinch myself.

One sad note today. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Brian Lanker, died yesterday at his home in Eugene, Oregon. While DT was a runner at the University of Oregon, Lanker was at every track meet, photographing the races. At this time (early 1970s), the international running world was abuzz with Steve Prefontaine – the fabulous runner from Oregon. Lankers photos of Prefontaine propelled him into the spotlight and he became a world-famous photographer of athletes, Sports Illustrated swim suit models, African-American women and political figures. Today, Sports Illustrated paid tribute to Brian Lanker.

Photo by Brian Lanker (Courtesy of Sports Illustrated)
NCAA Last Chance qualifier race/Finnish Tour Series – Racers include Terry Williams, Frank Shorter, Steve Prefontaine (in black), unknown, John Anderson, Dave Taylor, Bob Smith…

Our own DT is the runner in 6th place/bright yellow singlet in photo #24. This was Pre’s last race. 29 May 1975. Steve Prefontaine was killed in a solo car crash a few hours after winning this race. Frank Shorter was second, DT finished third.

Rest in Peace, Brian.

Tonight I prepared a meal that would cost $32 at a restaurant. I boiled one cup of black (beluga) lentils this morning and tossed the cooked/drained/hot lentils with a dressing made with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, one clove minced garlic and a little salt and pepper. The lentils marinated all day in the fridge. About 30 minutes before serving, I brought the salad out of the refrigerator to warm up a bit, and then tossed in four diced roma tomatoes and a large handful of minced fresh basil leaves.

A few spoonfuls of the lentil salad was mounded over a bed of fresh arugula leaves (because nearly everything is better over a bed of fresh arugula leaves). If you are vegetarian/vegan – stop right here and your dinner is served.

If you are not… this little wild-caught sockeye salmon – grilled by My Driver – served over the lentil salad and arugula… and topped with basil and garlic whirled with a little olive oil… would make a lovely addition.

PS: I posted the Lamb + Butternut Squash + Peanut Butter recipe.

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

RV Park:  Motorcoach Country Club. Without a doubt (to me – and don’t forget, it’s my website) the finest RV Resort in The World. Every available amenity. Golf, tennis courts, 3 pools, 3 spas, bathhouses, 2 laundries, fitness center, club houses, restaurant, bar, gated security, 2-mile waterway and wifi.

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