Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dinner Out With Friends - Queretaro

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Patrick!

Last night we were invited to a friend's house.  Adrian lives here in Queretaro.  Juan met Adrian when he was volunteering at the International Forum in 2007 in Monterrey.  Adrian was born in Monterrey, lived there off and on but grew up in Puebla before moving for work to Queretaro.

Adrian stopped by to pick us up and see the rv.

Adrian also had the opportunity of visiting Kansas City last year for a two week seminar program.  He was looking for a place to stay and had asked us if we knew of anyone in  K.C. or a way to find a place.   He didn't know at the time that I was from Kansas City.   We hooked him up with my oldest nephew and dear friend Patrick.  Patrick celebrated his 49th birthday on Friday, 11-11-11.  It was a real humdinger of a celebration we were told.

At dinner, Adrian's roommate Tomas who hails from Switzerland, prepared a wonderful pasta dish for all of us and two of Tomas' German students, Rodrigo and Fernanda.  They are great kids doing their part for a better Mexico.  Both graduated from the university and working in import/export for major Mexican companies.

Tomas preparing our delicious dinner.

We spent the night talking politics, sex and religion.   We also shared stories about how we all met and how Adrian enjoyed his stay with my very special nephew.  Patrick, by the way, is a published author of several books one of which was his first novel, Seldom Seen.  We have several published writers in our family although my work is mostly boring  text revision and Americanization.  We have my dad to thank for that.  We were always reading something and summers were spent at the public library.

Adrian said that Patrick and I were pretty much alike in many ways.  "Hmmm Patrick,  I'm sure he meant that as a compliment."


  1. "talking politics, sex and religion"! My favorite pastime! Sounds like fun...

  2. We live in KC where did you go to High School?

    We also enjoy following your travels.

  3. Hi Kenny and Angela, I grew up near the plaza, 47th and Terrace. Grade school at Guardian Angel's in Westport and high school at Bishop Hogan on The Paseo and finished at Southwest on Wornall.

  4. Ah, yes, it is good to see our friend Adrian. I'm so happy to have the thoughts and good wishes for my birthday. And if you talked about religion, sex, and politics, all the better. As you know, I am not shy about such matters and seeing that you all didn't shy from what can be difficult subjects for some people is the best present a radical smartass like me can get.