Although Jeri and I weren’t there (because we were at the Sublime Restaurant), others went to the Silver Pond (an authentic Chinese restaurant) on Friday night. Here’s a photo.
Saturday morning (9/20/2014), we woke, showered, dressed, and had breakfast in the Hampton Inn lobby. Then we packed up our stuff and checked out.
Then we headed to the funeral home for the memorial service. Because we arrived before 10 AM, we were pretty much the first ones there besides the immediate family. Family and friends continued to arrive until the actual memorial service at 11:00 AM. We watched a slide show in the lobby and mingled with relatives.
Here’s a family photo.
The memorial service was a tribute to the remarkable life of Bob Pai. Daughter, Tina, shared some very touching memories of times with her father. He was quite the dad. Plus he loved all kids…even after his children had grown up.
Although my Uncle Bob was incredibly smart (Ph.D. in Physics, researcher and patent holder for Sylvania lighting), his friends and family spoke most highly of his great character and love for others. He and his family took memorable vacations to many places around the world.
Hearing about Bob’s life from his family encouraged me to live a life that my family would be proud of. I think that Jeri and I saw the importance of our annual family vacations.
After the service, I think that everyone made the short drive to the event room at Aunt Vivian’s condominium. A catered lunch awaited us. There were enough vegan options for Jeri and me. The room overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. They replayed the slideshow video on the big screen TV. Plus Vivian had set out some photo albums of their vacations…including the most recent one to Norway just the month before.
Gradually, over the next few hours, people left. Jeri and I decided to drive up to Deerfield Beach (about 30 minutes north of Fort Lauderdal) to check in at Embassy Suites. As we drove up Intracoastal Waterway, we saw some large homes and yachts.
When I booked the room, I paid a little more to get a room with an ocean view. When I checked out online, the website asked if I’d be willing to pay $12 for a room on a higher floor or $25 for a deluxe suite. I checked the boxes for both.
When we checked in, I was hoping that we’d get one of the two upgrades (they were offered on an “as-available” basis). We were pleasantly surprised to get BOTH: a deluxe room on a higher floor! The best part came when we checked out…they didn’t charge us for either upgrade!
After checking in, we changed into casual clothes and headed back to Fort Lauderdale to the same room for dinner which was planned for 5:30 PM. Aunt Vivian ordered carryout from Bob’s favorite Chinese restaurant.
For Jeri and me, she was very kind and ordered carryout from Sublime (the same restaurant that we enjoyed the night before). This time we started with an appetizer called the Pretzel Dip Medley. Then we feasted on Sublime Picatta (Gardein cutlet, mashed potato, sauteed spinach, lemon-caper sauce) and Portobello Stack (sauteed spinach, roasted tomato, mushroom marsala sauce, quinoa). She even ordered two desserts for us: Chocolate Nirvana (chocolate cake, kahlua butter creme, dark chocolate ganache) and Coconut Cake (white cake, coconut butter creme, almond tuile). We had plenty of food so we shared some with others. I think only Mavis and Vincent accepted our offer.
After eating, we headed out to the beach and took off our sandals. The weather was, of course, comfortably warm. With the sun gradually setting, we walked in the soft sand and picked up some sea shells.
As darkness set in, we headed back to the community room. With everything wrapping up, we along with some others headed up to Vivian’s condo. She has a nice ocean view from her balcony.
After saying our “goodbyes” to family, we headed back to Embassy Suites. Once in our room, we turned on the television to continue watching a PBS show called “The Roosevelts.” We had watched some of it when we checked in about five hours prior. As each top and bottom of the hour passed (10:00 PM, 10:30 PM, 11:00 PM), we kept expecting the show to end. Eventually we turned it off so we could get some sleep.
It wasn’t until after we returned home that we discovered that we were watching a 14-hour series by Ken Burns. Although some have blogged about the liberal bias in the show, we found it interesting.