April 1st, 2021

Morning meeting

For the past three + years I've met for breakfast on the first (usually) Thursday of each month with three small business owners.  They were at one point part of a networking group I was in and we became friends there.  The three of them started meeting for breakfast and I joined them one morning and we've met every month but one since then.  It is my only social group.  I seldom interact with them during the month now I'm not a small business owner but I get insurance from one of them and pest service from another.  The third is a bookkeeper who I used to use.  I've supported all three at one point or another with computer service.  

They are the age of my children and are all three very successful.  I'm the old man of the group and now I'm retired I'm kind of a talisman, I guess.  At one point I was looking into moving away from here and then decided it was too expensive.  Their reaction was, in the middle of breakfast at the restaurant, to cheer rather loudly.  It was gratifying.  

Covid moved us on line.  They are all three very careful with their actions and their families and have been safe all this time.  We've met for a year online and it has not been as interesting.  I think we might meet next month in person.  I'm sure they will all be vaccinated by then.  Outside in a backyard but in person.  It will be the first social gathering I've done in more than a year.  Not like I do very many anyway.  As few as possible.  But this one will be significant.

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Many years ago I was stationed in Alameda.  Somehow I was fortunate enough to get military housing in this nice little pocket Naval Base at Pt Molate.  The base was made up of some fuel tanks and about 28 small two bedroom historically protected houses.  The houses were built in the early 1900s for the vineyard workers.  The Naval base was originally a working vineyard.  In WWII it was secretly converted into a fuel depot and was still functioning as such when my wife and two rugrats moved into one of the houses.

The base was run by a junior supply officer and had a cross section of a very few junior officers and mostly enlisted families.  This was in the fall of 1984 and into the spring of 1985.  The Navy still traded around reel to reel movies.  Each base and ship typically had two movies.  These were not always first run but occasionally they were pretty recent.  There was a huge market in trading the better ones for the dogs.  The Supply Officer was in charge of movies and, in the last days of pre Internet, he was in charge of movie night.  I can remember only one and I don't recall what the movie was but several of the families popped popcorn and walked down to the main building to watch the movie projected in a small room on a fairly small screen.  It was wonderful.

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