Click here for a video of the fly over and announcing us. Sorry about the glair
December 11 2021
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
December 11th 2021 we were entered again in the Laguna Niguel Holiday parade. So Cal Mets members for
this year were Ken & Judy Conner, Patrick Halbert & his Daughter Leanne, Bill & Cindy Harris, Mike & Kim Dahlberg,
Bridget Mills & her Mom, Judy Ann Smith and her friend Marty, Kim Dominguez, Chris Di Tommaso and Tony Bilotti. We lined
up at the beginning of the parade route and decorated our Mets. Before the parade we were treated to a fly over from some
small plane owners at Chino Airport. After the parade we went to the Ruby's Autodiner in Laguna Beach where we've always gone
to for lunch after the parade.
Decking the Mets with Bows and Jolly
The Parade Route with smiling and waving spectators
On our way to Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach
And we're there!
From the roof
Till Next Time
Sunday December 5 2021
So Cal Mets Christmas Party
Sunday December 5th 2021 we had out Christmas party at our members John and Anita
Fildes beautiful home in Mission Viejo. We were having trouble finding a good place fot this years party and John and Anita
invited us all to their house. Besides unbeatable Lasagna with some delicious 'and' they bought all the groceries! We had great conversation between us and Kim Dominguez came up with another great game for the gift exchange!
So Cal Metters at the party were John and Anita Fildes of course and a couple of
their friends. Out President Ronnie Bauman and Judy, Ken and Judy Conner, Mike and Kim Dahlberg, Kim Dominguez, Marcia Jones,
Mark and Sorocco Weitzman, Chris Di Tommaso, Tony Bilotti and our newest member Judy Ann Smith.
Coming into John and Anita's beautiful home
Our Host and Hostess John and Anita
Close up of laser etched I think Metropolitan, NICE
The back side of John and Anita's additional garage, more NICE
Saturday November 6 2021
Trip to Chino Airport
Saturday November 6 we met at member Chris Di Tommaso's in Orange for a cruise through
Carbon Canyon and Chino Hills to Chino Airport.
Metters along for
the ride were Byron Robinette, Ken Conner, Sue & Jeff Garrett and the new Puppy, Mike Dahlberg, Tony Bilotti and new members
Linda & Marlin Brandt. Chris decided not to go because of plans she had later in the day she was afraid of being late.
So we took off down Santa Ana Canyon Road to Imperial Hwy. where Jeff and Sue took
the lead being locals in Chino and knowing where they're going. We stopped of at their house to drop off the Puppy and they
gave us a tour of the very nicely done backyard where there are trains a plenty! Then they led us all to the airport where
we had a terrific lunch at Flo's Airport Cafe and then went to one of the airplane museums at the airport.
As always we had a great time with great company.
Meeting at Chris's
Following Jeff & Sue through the canyon
Jeff & Sue's front yard
The Depot in Jeff & Sue's backyard
The tracks in Jeff & Sue's backyard. The train wasn't running today
Jeff & Sue
At the airport, lunch time
From the middle clockwise- Byron, Linda, Marlin, Ken,
Sue, Jeff, Mike and Tony
In the museum
Apollo Comand Module
Another guy to the left and right shot into space, No thanx!
Nice display done up all wright
Man closing the B-17-G bomb bay doors
The tail gunners seat
tail guns from the outside
More old planes waiting to be fixed
Saturday October 2nd 2021
Tustin Tiller Days Parade
to newsletter editor Ken Conner for the write-up!
The Tustin Tiller Days Parade welcomed
our Metropolitans on October 2nd. One suspects that the word
"Tiller" comes from the early days of cultivating the acres of Orange
trees that once surrounded the town. We met at Mike & Kim Dahlberg's home & caravanned to the down town area where the parade took
place. We skipped the pancake breakfast and waited for the parade to start. We
were nicely entertained by the Santiago High School Band practicing beside us.Metter's participating were Mike Dahlberg, Marcia Jones, Tony Bilotti, Kim Dominguez, Chris DiTommaso, Patrick
Halbert, Cindy Harris, MarkAldrich & friend Debra and Ken Conner. Due to the slow pace of the parade & heat of the day,
some of our poor Mets were victims of vaporlock, etc. So by the end of the parade four
of our nine paraders had either left to get some faster air in the radiator or were pulled over and cooling off. Six of
us did have lunch at Rodrigo's Mexican Grill. Needless to say, no one stayed to
watch the Wiener Dog Races at 4:00 PM.
Lined up for the parade
One of the vehicles in the parade
Thw Band warming up. The cars warmed way up later!
Tustin residents outside their homes
The old Tustin Hardware Building in Old Town Tustin
Old Town Tustin- Main St. & El Camino Real
Another main intersection where Tony's starter died.
September 18 2021
Another Great O.C. Canyon Cruise
we took another scenic cruise through the Orange County canyons led by So Cal Mets Member Mike and Kim Dahlberg. Mike led
us on a beautiful route through Santiago, Silverado, Modjeska, Live Oak, Trabuco and Rose Canyons. We had a wonderful lunch
at the Rose Canyon Cantina before heading home. So Cal Metters on this trip were Mike and Kim Dahlberg, our fearless leader
Ronnie Bauman and Judy, Marcia Jones, Patrick Halbert and his Daughter Leanne, Tony Bilotti and new member Mark Aldrich from
Heading up Newport Blvd. to the canyons
What's left of an old gas station next to the Silverado Cafe
Santiago Canyon turning into Modjeska Canyon
Left turn to the Modjeska Grade
A view from Modjeska Grade
Cooks Corner Bar & Grill on the corner of Santiago and Live Oak Canyons
Live Oak Canyon
Passing O Neil park in Live Oak Canyon
Parked for lunch at the Rose Canyon Cantina
These Lamborghini folks showed up at the cantina with lots
of nice things to say about our little Mets, Thanx Guys!
From the left, Ronnie, Judy, Kim, Mike, Patrick, Leanne,
Marcia and Tony behind the camera
July 24 2021
What we did instead of Knotts Berry Farm
Well, we had planned a trip to Knotts Berry Farm for some shopping, lunch and maybe
a trip over to a replica of Independence Hall. At the last minute most of the gang had to cancel and left us with Mike Dahlberg,
Patrick Halbert, Tony Bilotti and Marcia Jones. After Mike, Patrick and Tony meeting at the park next to Tony's house it was
decided to change the route and destination. We met up with Marcia at a stop on the way. With not a lot of interest in shopping
from those of us who showed up we decided to take a little drive to the coast and had lunch at the 'Golden Road' brewing company
and restaraunt at 'Peters Landing' in Sunset Beach. We had a lovely little drive down Pacific Coast Highway and it turned
out to be a great little outing by the beach.
Tony's, Mikes and Patrick's Mets at thepark by Tony's house
Patrick led us to peters landing to chose a restaraunt a few choices
Patrick's, Tony's, Marcias and Mikes at Peters Landing parking lot.
This is the place we chose for lunch and of course BEER!
Lots of BEER!
Lunch time and BEER
The view from our table
So Cal Mets PicNic
June 26 2021
Well with Covid fading into history we were able to reserve our favorite spot in the now open Craig
Park.This year we have out member Byron Robinette to thank for getting there
early to grab our spot.
It was another great day with good food and
good friends. We had our auction to support the clubs financial needs and did good with that.
Members that came for the fun were our
fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his Judy, Ken Conner without his Judy, Marcia Jones, Byron Robinette, Tony & Jackie
Bilotti, Patrick Halbert and his Daughter Leanne, Armando & Maritza Reyes, Bruce & Judy Paxton, Jeff & Sue Garrett,
Bill & Cindy Harris, Mark Weitzman & Socorro and John & Anita Fildes. John and Anita have graciously volunteered
to host our Christmas party at their home in beautiful Mission Viejo and a BIG thanx to them for that! We had a great turnout
of members and our cars adding to the beauty of the park.
Us at out favorite spot
Our Club Banner and American-English flag
Ronnie with some Met slippers at the auction
And another great showing of Mets!
Seal Beach Car Show
April 24 2021
Saturday April 24th was our first outing in 2021 again thanx to covid.
The Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce canceled their annual car show this year but
decided to have a Car Show Cruise insted through beautiful Seal Beach. It was organized very well and went off without a problem.
We cruised through the residential streets of Seal Beach and then up Main Street. Spectaters were in front of their houses
and lining the streets with cameras and thumbs up. The organizers of the show had everyone on the streets voting for cars
on their phones. After the show we went to a great lunch at 'Taco Surf' on Pacific Coast Hwy. in
Seal Beach. After lunch a few of us cruised up PCH for a little more cruising.
We all Met at Patrick Halbert's house
in Seal Beach. He's minutes away from where we were starting the cruise and invited us all to start at his house. So Cal Metters
in the group were Patrick Halbert and his daughter Leanne, Ken Conner, Marcia Jones, Mike Dahlberg, Ken and Natalie Pollard,
Sandra Nair and Tony Bilotti. It was a great first outing and we're planning more now that things are loosening up with covid.
Lined up in front of Patricks house
Lined up at the starting point of the cruise
This Thing was there
Spectators along the route
Friends Ed and Shawnie Hawk from the old
Metropolitan Club of Southern California LTD in front of their house
More spectators along the route
The end of the cruise
Mets lined up in front of 'Taco Surf'
Lunch clockwise with Patrick, Leanne, Marcia, Mike, Ken, Natalie,
Ken and Tony
Heading south on Pacific Coast Hwy to Huntington Beach
Main and Pacific Coast Hwy in Huntington Beach
Downtown Huntington Beach
And the winner from our group, Patrick with the Best Car for Mom!
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