Arizona Vacation

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Arizona Vacation

V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n!  Excellent! Amazing! The natural beauty and atmosphere of the Navajo Nation.
A well-planned itinerary, good company, perfect weather, and mesmerizing views everywhere in Arizona. Phoenix is 5th largest city in the U.S. However, once step out the city, it’s the vast majority of the desert with spectacular shape/color of mountains. I was impressed by Lower Antelope canyon. It was so beautiful and the photos were breathtaking. Upper Antelope Canyon is more popular, but impassible to buy tickets. Of course, Grand Canyon is GRAND with many Scenic highlights. The train ride was fun with good entertainment. The final day, we could stop by “Out of Africa Wildlife Park” in Camp Verde. It is only 9 miles away from Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Many thanks to a travel companion.

October Photo gallery

 

October in Bay Area

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October in SF Bay Area

October in SF Bay Area – Many devastating wildfires and minor earthquakes. Don’t let it affect you too much! Life is an exciting adventure!  I’m handling my insecurity and lack of sound judgment much better than last year.
Have to be open to challenge  –  the rewards are just incredible. Design your own life.

10/01/19: Dead Fish Restaurant. Crockett, CA
10/02/19: Movie: Downton Abbey. Pittsburg, CA
10/12/19: SF Fleet Week, Air show. SF, CA
10/12/19: Simon and Garfunkel Story at Golden Gate Theatre
10/14/19: M4.5 Earthquake hit 10 miles from my house
10/16/19: SF Opera. The Marriage of Figaro
10/20/19: Apple Park Visitor Center. Cupertino, CA
10/20/19; Sushi Masa. San Jose, CA
10/21-24/19: Arizona Vacation
10/25/19: The Diner of Los Gatos. American eatery
10/25/19: Mt. Umunhum (former Almaden Air Force Station)
10/25/19: Dinner at Santana Row. San Jose

October Photo gallery

Black Screen of Death

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September – Baseball – Japanese Heritage Night

YouTube Video by MLB – Published on Sep 4, 2019
A’s smash 3 homers in 4-0 shutout of Angels | Angels-Athletics Game Highlights 9/4/19

Fatal System Crash – both Desktop & Laptop at the same time (?) Why?

Morning of Sept. 15, I used my HP Envy 700-527c Desktop for a few minutes right after I got out of the bed. After my morning choir completed, I turned on puter from sleep mode. Nothing appeared on the screen. Unable to boot into Safe Mode. I googled solutions using my iPad and iPhone. Nothing worked.
So, I decided to use my Dell Inspiron Laptop. I get this error:
PXE E61: Media test failure, check cable.
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operation System not found.
I was at a total loss as to how to fix my problem.
I’m puter illiterate.  I’m puter illiterate.

Cry some more


Help arrived

My good friend, Fred came over and we brought the box to “The Fry’s Electronics” and “Best Buy”  They didn’t know what to do, bad news.
I need to replace the drive with a new one. The top two killers of hard-drive are shock and heat, and the design life of a hard drive is about five years. My HP desktop is 4 years old. Fred did all the installations, hard drive, all the software. He is brilliantly intelligent. He says “able to solve successfully it is a very joyful, rewarding experience.” Now my HP desktop is almost useable. Need to upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 (I did that in 2016 It was free) Also I like to have newer Adobe Photoshop.  So far, I downloaded and installed free Photo editors such as GIMP, PhotoPad, etc., None of them can compress photos in my desired file size. (Format is JPG, Dimension 640×480, File size: smaller the better without losing image quality (80KB or less) because I have too many images on the page. Therefore, to increase “page load time” I got to have an extremely compressed file. Viewers won’t even wait 3 seconds for a site to load.
Fred is working on my Dell Laptop now. I still need to make tons of adjustments and install many small apps. Well, Actually I don’t know how to do anything. I just tell Fred what I need/want.

My Grandson Sebastian

Finally, I have a piece of very good news. My son, his wife, grandson, and I had lunch in Vacaville. Grandson’s name is Sebastian (AKA Bash). He cried when I held him for the first time because of someone unfamiliar. Shortly after that, he enjoyed held by me, with a big smile and trying to talk to me. I couldn’t sleep for two nights prior to a meeting because of such anxiety and joy. Thanks, Robert and Tina, for a healthy, wonderful grandson.

9/01/19: American Bon Dancing at Yerba Buena Garden, SF
9/04/19: Pedicure
9/04/19: Baseball – A’s vs. Angels – Japanese Heritage Night
9/08/19: “Opera in the Park”  Golden Gate Park
9/12/19: Lunch at Sanderlings Restaurant  at Seascape Resort
9/12/19: Drive leisurely on W Cliff Dr. Santa Cruz Beach
9/12/19:  “Persona Non Grata” Film Screening Event, Palo Alto
9/13/19: Lunch at Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA
9/13/19: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA
9/15/19: Desktop & Laptop computers crashed
9/24/19: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA
9/28/19: Lunch with my grandson at Nut tree, Vacaville, CA

September Photo gallery

August – LA Trip

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Afterthought – We arranged Airbnb and used Uber, it was an excellent idea. Airbnb location helped for our tours and was quite comfortable. Uber saved time and money.

August – LA Trip 

YouTube Video by Los Angeles Times – Published on Oct 19, 2012
Space shuttle Endeavour’s final journey was a 12-mile ride (2 miles/hour) from LAX, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Here it is in timelapse

August – LA Trip Photo gallery

LA Trip Tentative Schedule

8/19

Take I-5 South

Casa de Fruta    10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister54 min (48.3 miles)  via US-101 S and CA-152/E Pacheco Pass Rd

Harris Ranch Steakhouse 24553 W Dorris Ave, Coalinga   1 h 25 min (97.0 miles)   via CA-152 E and I-5 S

Vista Del Lago Visitor Center   38500 Vista Del Lago Rd, Gorman, 2 h 3 min (144 miles)   via I-5 S

➤➤ Airbnb – Auckland Ave   47 min (44.5 miles) I-5

8/20

Universal Studios 100 Universal City Plaza10 min (2.8 miles) via Cahuenga Blvd Uber $6

Jurassic-World Ride, Harry Potter ride, Studio Tour Tram ride

8/21

➽ 7:45 am Dr. Phil Show.  Paramount Studio 860 N Gower
Uber $8

Griffith Park – 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, cost $10/hour to park in the main lot, and along West and East Observatory roads,

8/22

TLC Chinese Theatre / Walk-of-Fame 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood $10 Valet parking.

Space Shuttle Endeavor – Exposition Park Dr

California Science Center, Rose Garden
Admission: Free    Parking $12 flat rate

Japanese American National Museum
Little Tokyo Public Parking, $10

➽ Union Station 5 min (1.0 mile) E 1st St and Center St.

8/23

Return:    Depart at 10 AM
Take US-101 and CA-1 to stop several places.

Stops:
Santa Barbara > Solvang > Pismo Beach > Madonna Inn > Elephant Seal Vista Point > Big Sur  > Carmel

August 2019

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There are so many reasons it is important to have good friends.

We choose what we value, either consciously or unconsciously.
living the life you want.

Wait a second. Life is not that easy.
Life as a maze finds you off the path feeling that happiness is not assured. You see many decisions and events as dead ends.

Let’s face it.
Senior life has plenty of time.
Senior life has less income.
Senior life face age-related functional decline.

So, get out of your house, enjoy what you see out there, wherever you go, with strong curiosity.

I have wonderful friends, and Fred invited me to Los Angeles Vacation. (Fred, thanks a million)
It was so much fun, we had a blast.
It was one of “Marking Off My Bucket List” so to speak.

8/01/19: Lunch at Pakistani Restaurant
8/01/19: Peaceful time at Martinez Marina
8/06/19: Presidio, Golden Gate Visitor Center, Palace of Fine Arts
8/06/19: Legion of Honor Museum, Cliff House
8/06/19: Golden Gate Park, Bison, Stow Lake
8/06/19: Conservatory of Flowers – Dahlia Garden
8/07/19: Mt. Diablo – 3,849 feet, drove to the summit
8/08/19: Tilden Park – Steam Train – Lake Anza – Merry-Go-Round – Botanic Garden
8/13/19: La Veranda Ristorante Italiano
8/18/19: Preparation for Los Angeles Trip
8/19/19: LA Trip start – Driving South on I-5 (3 pit stops)
8/23/19: drive North on US-101 and CA-1 scenic drive
8/24/19: San Jose Kelley Park, Zoo, Japanese Garden

Photo Gallery – August events of everyday life

Vacation photos are in prior posting.

Friends are important

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There are so many reasons it is important to have good friends.

Many elderly people have huge problems, which are being away from society and loneliness. If you have family members live with you, then you may get your meaning from your roles. People need a purpose for a living, so if you have it you can live well.
It’s important to have people you can rely on. If you don’t have a purpose, then even if you have a nice house to live in, have plenty of money, Some small thing can happen and with no one to talk to about it, you don’t know how to solve it and then eventually you give up on what you have and abandon yourself to despair. You cannot give up on yourself. Now I can say I have good friends and good neighbors. I realized that the warm feeling of human connection is so important in maintaining my overall emotional and physical health.

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars).
The time is now!
.
7/01/19: Richard  Birthday
7/02/19: 562nd AIR FORCE BAND  7:00 PM San Ramon
7/04/19: 4th of July  Mt. Diablo High School Music 9:30 pm fireworks display
7/05/19: Fred Birthday
7/05/19: Lunch at Brazilian Coffee House, Richmond, CA
7/05/19: A leisurely drive on Berkeley Hills
7/06/19: Ethnic Dance Festival  Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
7/08/19: Bought New refrigerator
7/08/19: Lunch at Lazy Dog Restaurant in Concord, CA
7/10/19: Refrigerator Delivered and Installed
7/10/19: Mixed Grain Korean Restaurant. Walnut Creek, CA
7/11/19: Visit Los Gatos. Lunch at ‘The Fish Market’ San Jose – Blossom Valley
7/11/19: Jake Shimabukuro – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
7/12/19: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
7/12/19: Seascape Resort,  Rio del Mar, Aptos, CA
7/12/19: Will Rogers Follies Musical, Saratoga Civic Theatre
7/14/19: Lunch at IHOP
7/17/19: Movies ‘Yesterday’ & ‘Aladdin’ Senior Day $4:50
7/18/19: Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton
7/18/19: Lunch – Kansai Japanese Restaurant
7/20/19: Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola, CA
7/21/19: Miyo’s 80th Birthday celebration at San Jose Japantown
7/22/19: Montalvo Art Center Italian Garden in Saratoga
7/22/19: Lunch at Shabuya, Dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory in Concord
7/23/19: Tour of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
7/23/19: Salesforce Park (roof Garden)
7/25/19: My grandson Sebastian
7/26/19: Jack London Square, Port of Oakland
7/26/19: Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House
7/31/19: 3D movie ‘The Lion King’
7/31/19: Dinner at Marcia and Mike’s house. Benicia, CA

Photo Gallery – July 2019 events of everyday life

 

Cultural Entertainments

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Apology to Kanji & Kazuko

June, 21st Summer began! We had 3-day heat-wave before officially Summer.

My big apology to my brother and his wife. I forgot to feed them. Big mistake!!!
I hate cooking, plus my small fridge is partially broken, so I cannot put a lot of fresh foods.
I don’t know why I didn’t realize to go to Grocery stores and take them to the restaurants.
I like people to cook for me. Anyway, no excuse. this mistake is the biggest regret in my entire life.

June – Cultural Entertainments
I enjoyed many cultural entertainments this month. Opera ‘Carmen’, ‘Rusalka’. Three Concerts. County Fair. Many dining out.
I’ve never been to Alameda County Fair before. Surprisingly I enjoyed it. Pig race, Horse race, Motocross.
All-Alaskan Racing Pigs. Eight little pigs, they are adorable and was one of the highlights for the day.
I’ve seen Horse races at Golden Gate Field, however, I never imagined Alameda County Fairgrounds has one.
I look forward to the SF LGBT Pride Parade every year. It was awesome and beautiful. You must be open-minded.

A lady looks drop-dead gorgeous is usually a guy.

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars).
The time is now!
.

6/04/19: Corpse flower at Conservatory of Flowers
6/05/19: SF Opera “Carmen”
6/07/19: My brother and his wife back to Japan
6/09/19: Lunch at “The Point” in Rio Vista, Dinner at “Olive Garden”
6/14/19: SF Civic Symphony
6/15/19: Piedmont Chamber Music, Piedmont, CA
6/15/19: Dinner at Scott’s Seafood, Walnut Creek, CA
6/17/19: Bought 4 new tires for my car – Thanks to my brother & Richard
6/21/19: Summer began, Dinner at Benihana, Concord, CA
6/22/19: ‘Brahms Requiem’ Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
6/22/19: SF Opera ‘RUSALKA’
6/26/19: Movie ‘Late Night’, Pittsburg, CA
6/28/19: Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA
6/28/19: Dinner at Black Angus, Pleasant Hill, CA
6/29/19: Soy and Tofu Festival, SF
6/30/19: SF LGBT Pride Parade, SF

Photo Gallery – June 2019 events of everyday life