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End of an Era....

DSC_0370 by Ray Wong
DSC_0370, a photo by Ray Wong on Flickr.

Gold Star Restaurant

Last day at the restaurant. It was quite emotional. There was quite a crowd of folks that came to say good bye and thank you. From the mayor, to friends both from then and now, it was bittersweet.

DSC_0385 by Ray Wong
DSC_0385, a photo by Ray Wong on Flickr.

Last day at Gold Star Restaurant

We drove in the morning, and got things setup early. While most of us kids haven't worked in the restaurant for a number of years, having many skilled hands (albeit a bit rusty), it was great. We spent an hour or so wandering around town. Taking pictures, and reminiscing. For most of us, this might be one of the last times we'll be back. While I wish we could say we have reasons for coming back, with my parents gone, we may only visit for nostalgic reasons.

DSC_0378 by Ray Wong
DSC_0378, a photo by Ray Wong on Flickr.

Last buffet at Gold Star Restaurant

There was a few parts I struggled with, when connecting with old friends and seeing how successful or how far they have moved on. One even has FOUR kids. I mean, I'm not even in a serious relationship. Still, it was really great to see a few friends from the city come back. Meant a lot. Last chance for them to take part, and it was nice to be able to share that side of my life and world...

DSC_0417 by Ray Wong
DSC_0417, a photo by Ray Wong on Flickr.

Meeting Luke and Wesley for the first time. Probably also their first experience at a Chinese restaurant.

You can check out more pictures here... http://flic.kr/s/aHsjB7dR2u

My apologies for some of the fuzziness. First time using my new Nikon D7000 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. While I did get some great shots, I did regret not bringing my AF-S DX 18-105mm VR Lens. I should have a lot more practice after my trip to San Francisco later this week...