All our lives Nadine and I lived in small houses.
Growing up i lived in army quarters, and when I met Nadine
she lived in a one bedroom apartment in North Hollywood.
The first house we built here in Mazatlan was also on the
small side, as at the time we were only planning on
staying here about 3 months a year. Once we realized we
would probably be here 8-9 months a year, we decided to go
for bigger digs. Well, we bought two adjacent lots, and
felt obligated to use up most of the area. So we went a
little overboard, and this room is one of the results. We
call it the game room, since this is where we usually host
bridge or poker games. I'll take you around the room
What game room would be complete without a bar? The
photos along the top are interesting, at least to us. On
the far left is my parents wedding photo. They were
married in Heidelberg, Germany back in 1952. One over from
the far right is our wedding photo. We were married in
Jamaica in May of 1991. The other interesting photo is
below. See the one of the
with the big bow in her hair. That was taken
in 1920, and is a picture of my grandmother.
Next we have a Roland electric piano, which has a
very nice sound. I took piano lessons when I was in high
school, but the highest level I achieved was only making
about three or four mistakes while playing Bach's First
Invention. These days we use it occasionally to pick out
the melody of some tune that Nadine wants to sing. She
really has a beautiful voice.
The painting above the piano is a
Pescina, and the
one to the left is a
Navarrete. Underneath the Navarrete, is a granite fountain.
It only took us about 7 years to mess with it before we didn't
have the water dripping on the floor below.
This is another Navarrete. It is hard to tell from
the photo, but the painting is quite large, 98cm x 118cm.
It is an impressionistic view of a carnival in San Miguel
Now we've arrived at the back window. From here you
can see the marina lagoon, and our swimming pool. You can
just make out the El Cid hotel peeking through the palm
tree. We call the house across the lagoon the Taj
Turning the corner we have another Navarrete to the
left of the telescope, and the statue below it is another
Gutierrez. At the far left, just in the photo, is another
painting, and just above our
Here we see the game room from the other end. Like
I said, we got a little carried away.
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