Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friends From Home

Our friends, Larry and JoAnn, live just up the street from us at home and have spent the last several winters in their motorhome on the other side of Phoenix. We have all been so busy that it has taken us until this week to get together with them though. On Thursday we drove up to their place which is a great park with all the amenities we enjoy in Carillon, and more.

They drove us around the park showing us the various types of year-round homes in addition to the seasonal RVs and all of the facilities for the many activities...the biggest of their pools is to die for...loved it! We had lunch at their golf course restaurant. This park is nothing like the KOA where we stay.

While we sat outside visiting at their place after lunch, several of their friends dropped by. For me, the best thing about this life is the ease of visiting because most everyone hangs around outside. Sometime during our conversations they mentioned that they and other friends of theirs were going to the Mesa Swap Meet and then to Organ Stop Pizza on Saturday. Since both places are located at our end of the Valley of the Sun, I immediately invited ourselves to join them at Organ Stop Pizza and they accepted without hesitation!

Late this afternoon we met them and their friends at Organ Stop Pizza. If you have a minute to click through to their website you would be amazed to learn that the building was built to accomodate their Wurlitzer, the largest pipe organ in the world with nearly 6,000 pipes. Here are a couple of photos I took today.

There are many more instruments that are connected to the organ on the sides at that end of the huge dining room and on the ceiling too. A platform rises inside the circular wall seen above and sitting on it are the organ console and the maestro. Magnifique! When he played selections of the Phantom of the Opera, I was in tears; it was so beautiful and so very powerful.

Thanks Larry and JoAnn for inviting us to visit you and for letting us tag along to such a wonderful place today. Oh yeah, if y'all every get to go there, the pizza's pretty darn good too!

Lovin' Life ~~ And Time With Friends and Their Friends

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