Since I was born less than three hours before Halloween, I usually celebrate both nights, a birthday party followed by masquerade the next evening. When my birthday falls on a Saturday, the world tends to celebrate Halloween a day early, but this year due to leap year, I didn't get a Saturday birthday. Instead Carolisa and I planned on going to a costume party at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, invited because of my membership in Single Mariners, and then spend the next day enjoying my birthday. When she suggested that we go as Bonnie and Clyde, I was first taken aback. As far as I knew Clyde did not have a beard and I had shaved twice - both for Halloween - in the previous 40 years. Still, I was curious: Under my facial hair, did I still have a chin?
The day of the party, Carolisa picked me up and commented that my haircut was on the short side. It took her a moment to realize that the beard she had seen me wear the entire time we've known each other, for more than 22 years, was gone.
We had a great time, dancing, socializing, tipping back martinis and eating Mexican fare topped by birthday cake, candles and singing. The next night we wandered through my Venice Beach neighborhood and decided to sate our appetites at the C&O Trattoria with sumptuous Northern Italian dishes. We finished our celebration Halloween with Thai food at Siamese Garden next to a Venice canal. Now it's time to increase the calories I burn, while eliminating indulgent eating, to get ready for Thanksgiving.
I am profoundly grateful for the love I share with Carolisa, her mom and most of my family, as well as the friendship of dozens of Facebook members who wished me well, and the companionship of my sailing buddies and neighbors. As we age, it's important to develop support of peers as Dr. Dean Ornish concluded in the anti aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now."
Paul Suchecki and Carolisa Pomerantz shot by Viktoriya Morevie
Bonnie and Clyde shot by Texas and Louisiana State Police
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