I started working at Alpha Beta grocery store (now Ralphs grocery store) right out of high school and continued into my early 30's when I left to become a police officer. Fourteen years, I grew up in that place and I met some great people. Luckily since leaving in 1988 I still keep in touch with some of my friends. I periodically get to go to dinner or lunch with them. Last night we had dinner to celebrate Vicki's birthday. We'll be getting together in 2 weeks for Virginia's birthday. I'll have better pictures in 2 weeks because I promise I'll remember my camera. These pics are from my cell phone.
Carol started working 1 month before me. We went through a lot of personal things together in those 14 years. Carol is a loyal friend. She married one of our fellow workers, Ralph. Carol just retired from the grocery business last year. Way to go Carol!
I didn't work with Vicki (the birthday girl) but met her through the other girls. She's a lot of fun. The funny part is that she worked with Glenn years ago at Alpha Beta before he was hired by CHP. Glenn also worked with my brother. This was years before Glenn & I ever met.
Barbara is Vicki's sister. We met her last night. I'm happy she'll be joining us.
Virginia, who is one of the sweetest people around, retired from Alpha Beta after I did. Her brother, Gary, works for Oxnard PD so I got to know him better once I went over to VPD. Glenn also worked with Gary. It's a small world.
Charlene got to retire a few years ago too. Yea! Now she can devote more time to her crafts. Talk about a talented person. She lives real close to us in Ojai. You'd think we'd see each other more often but you know how life gets....

I feel privileged to still have these friends in my life!