Sunday, December 14, 2008

Luncheon of the Boating Party

So it was a beautiful day when the DevilDog set sail on the Holy Grail with Howard and Stephanie Conant and a couple of their friends .

We whiled away the afternoon in the crystal blue waters off Kona.

As the afternoon waned and we were heading back toward land I was talking to the other couple and he was telling me how he had been in Aspen since the early 1970's.  Ah, said the Devil Dog, since the Claudine Longet days. Why yes, he replied with a bemused look on his face...and here she is.  

The lovely woman with him with the delightful French accent (above and below) was none other than Claudine Longet herself, now long since re-married to her now lifetime companion, far away from the 1970's.  I was a bit bemused myself.  We had spent the entire day together and had some wonderful  conversations and I had had no idea. One of Renoirs most famous painting is Luncheon of the Boating Party. This afternoon together resonated marvelously, like something out of a painting,  at this particular boating party on a  beautiful day at sea.

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