Showing posts from January, 2019

2019 Lexus ES350 in Moonbeam Metallic

When I took my car into Lexus for routine maintenance Abdul Ramadan saw me and, after his generous and warm greeting whenever we meet, he asked me to drop by and see him. This was in mid October 2018 and I visited with him after the servicing was complete. After several minutes of chatting about life which I thoroughly enjoy (Abdul is an accomplished gentleman) we begin talking about another car. That car was a 2019 model and either a ES350 or a LS model. But I said: "There is still almost two years remaining on my current ES350."  Armed with pen, computer and markers Abdul begins his presentation. Let me add that Abdul almost never forgets a detail. Once I told him that when I reach 65 years I wanted to have an SC450, the one with the entire roof fitting into the trunk with a flick of a button. It was a silver convertible. And guess what, just before the birthdate Abdul called and asked me to come over and see my new car. Yes, I bought it, and enjoyed it for two years

Antarctica January 1–24, 2019

J Class to Buenos Aires on New Year’s Eve is a good way to start our journey. We arrived right on schedule at 8:05AM after a nine hour flight, went through customs quite easily, and grabbed a cab to the El Conquistador Hotel in Le Centro district of Buenos Aires. We were eager to see the city and made an inquiry of 'Martin' who checked us in and gave us a fun destination by the water. We were amazed at the number of wine, champagne and wiskey bottles strewn about the rest of the garbage indicating one hell of a New Year's Eve party that we had missed by about 12 hours. There were plenty of restaurants, not many of them open early in the afternoon, (the hangover took over) and we settled for a nicely appointed 'Puerto Crystal' and a Rib Eye steak that ranked around a 7 to Toronto's Le Castille at a solid 10. We enjoyed our five days in BA, the Hotel and the sites including a National treasure 'Museum' which had a special John Turner display and many