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In the heat of the anniversary

July 21, 2010

Hey, was it hot enough for you last weekend? I thought I was stuck in a pressure cooker and would never get out. I'm wishing that June gloom was back again.

I have never run my air conditioning 24/7 before, but I sure did from Wednesday through Sunday. It was delightful to wake up on Monday to have it feel like a normal beginning to a summer day.

Needless to say, I've been moving in slow motion because of the heat, but I feel almost perky now. I don't know about you, but the long heat spell had me out of sorts and feeling cranky, which is very unusual for mild-tempered me.

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A happy summer event to talk about is the fabulous 50th wedding anniversary party that was held for former longtime La Cañadans Charlotte (Char) and Alan Rubendall.

More than 150 people trekked to Carlsbad to the party that was held at their daughter Cheryl's lovely home in Carlsbad. The party was hosted by all of their children: Cheryl and her husband Steve, Ken and his wife Jennifer, Dan and his wife Sherri, and Tom and his wife Kelly.

Of course the grandchildren joined in the celebration too. The grandkids are Jake, Tyler, Rachel, Ryan, Cody, Mason, Kelly and Jack.

It was a loving gathering of family and friends who came to honor the anniversary couple who were wed in the Presbyterian church here in town those many years ago.

Just to give you some background: Alan moved to La Cañada with his parents Don and Inez from Ogallala, Neb. in 1951 along with his brother Bob and sister Julie. Char moved to La Cañada from Glendale in the early '40s with her parents Geary and Doris Smith, along with her brothers Fred, Charlie, David and sisters Dian and Denise.

Char and Alan were high school sweethearts at John Muir, just across the Arroyo Seco from here, before La Cañada High School was built. They went their separate ways for college — Alan to Stanford and Char to San Jose State.

All of Char and Alan's kids attended elementary and high school here. Dan and Ken and their families still live here.

When all of the kids left their nest, Char and Alan moved on too. They lived in Malibu, Westlake Village, Palm Springs and now San Marcos. Their constant get-away is their Big Bear Lake house where the family often gathers.

Char and Alan are intrepid travelers who have seen much of the world. In fact their travel-bug ways was the perfect theme for the party.

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