My Wonderful New Years

January 1, 2011

Had too good a time in PS….

had no idea that my Iraqi friend was so well off….
his new house is just a dream house…..the kind if I had a million or two dollars I would love to have….. glass….high ceilings and hugely warmly enveloping….pool…guest house…..fabulous sculptures and fountains…..
he loves glass sculpture….which some he moved  for the party…..
he has a chair made of glass (I thought it was lucite) made by an Italian artist….I hate to think what it cost….
he had 30 people for his cocktail party from 6-9….and a staff of 7 ….the freshest foods…from scallops to lobster to crab to vegetarian to .lamb ….. well everything….
last night I asked him when we all went to a restaurant for New Years …how much his party cost…as he seemed to have too much help…as they were just ALWAYS there….waiting on us…..
he asked me WHAT I thought it cost…. I said $2,000…he said no a bit higher….well it was $6,000 – $200 a person…..
and it was so low key…..
Thanks to Jim Reitzel…who helped me financially…. …I was able to include my old roommate  Nacho….who due to his  81 year old mother’s health …. really did not have  a holiday as she has diabetes …and had an attack Christmas Eve…as she was cooking up in Fresno where alot of his family lives….they are truckers and field workers
…she lives in Mexico…a small town – 2 hours by bus beyond  Guadaljara ……
he is the only one of 10 who due to his mother …. pushed himself to get a college degree …is now working on his Masters in Psychology…..but he spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with her in the hospital…..
I have the same deep  love for him that I had for Jimbo….just a Beautiful Man!!!!
he came across the border illegally all those years ago…and thanks to McDonalds saved up money for college and qualified for grants….he is the only person I know who came from ABSOLUTE poverty..( like Jimbo)
..when we were at the Palm Springs Art Museum yesterday…there were a lot of cactus around…and he asked me if I had ever eaten one…I said ..no…he said well when you are poor you learn to eat what you can ….he said Cactus are wonderful…they taste like string beans….and he said the fruit of a cactus is just soo delicious….is VERY sweet …but has a lot of seeds….
he is the only gay one in his family and he SOO wishes he had not been born so …as his family is Catholic and red neck…..he says he thinks his 81 year old mother knows as when his brothers give him a hard time about girl friends…she says “LEAVE NACHO alone!!!!!…………….
Life is WONDERFUL!!!!…..
Love you! all!!!
Make 2011 the year you Give As Much as you can to others!!!!!
Rob

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