March 17, 2005
The Pacific Life Tennis Tournament is now being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. It is being televised on ESPN. Sure is adding to the economy of the area but also adding to the numerous snowbirds enjoying the winter in the desert southwest.
It is a must to join our friends at 11:15 or 4:30 to be able to beat the crowds at the many fine restaurants or the wait times are long, even with reservations. Yesterday, we spent time and had a great lunch at a restaurant at the River in Rancho Mirage with fellow myeloma support list friends, Jan and Jim Hughes visiting from Oregon. They are down out of the rainy and cold NorthWest to enjoy the sun, golf and friends in the area.
John Marzicola and I are enjoying the recent annual Golf Cart Parade in Palm Desert. Note the ever present water I carry. Hundreds of golf carts are designed, constructed and then entered in this parade that benefit a variety of local charities. We didn’t get too carried away on our Rotary Club cart’s design, but we had an impressive marching contingency from The Retarded of the Desert with us.
We enjoyed breakfast with their clients at the pre-parade pancake breakfast.
This is a major event enjoyed by locals and visiters from all over the country. We are not trying to compete with the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, though. This parade runs along El Paseo in Palm Desert, very comparable to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. According to the Chamber of Commerce.