Bye 2014, thanks for the memories

December 2014

December, symbolize an end of year. Midnight, symbolize an end of day.

Both midnight and December, symbolize an end of something, and also the anticipation of something new, a change, to happen. The midnight in December, might very well be New Year’s eve, a date most of us connect with change.

I live alone, this is the reason why I don’t like Holiday season. I made effort to search things to do. I did a few things this month such as going to Dickens Christmas Fair, Mad Hatter Ball, Cable Car Caroling, SF Ballet Nutcracker, etc., I consider myself lucky because I have mobility and motivation to do things.

Some major personality awakening happened this month.

I felt need to connect with other human. I lost human connection a few years ago (it was by my choice, which I now regretted.) I must develop Interpersonal skills.

I published my personal profile somewhere on the internet (some sort of online dating). I received quite many feedbacks.
*** I never wrote how wonderful I am. I added a brief note saying, “Forgive me if this sounds like a rant.” So, you can figure my profile. ***

Here are some excerpts from feedbacks:

(From Mr. A) saw your profile and find it intriguing. You come across as a woman who is confident and knows what she wants – – –

(From Mr. B) there is an assertiveness about you that takes some getting used to. It takes a man that is extremely sure of himself to spend time with you, for it appears that you will not bend to any man’s will.

(From Mr. C) Well, here is the problem…problems. First, most guys are intimidated to powerful, successful, women, all of which you appear to be. You also appear to have a lifestyle that is centered on arts and culture. The guys who love the arts and culture already have partners. Lastly, you appear to be very intelligent and refined… that is a problem for most guys. – – – There are no photos of you sitting on the back of a Harley Davidson while drinking a beer and watching sports. So many guys like the trashy women…believe me, we are idiots.

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Okay, guys… Thanks. I might as well hire photographer to take pictures of me on the back of a Harley. (I have to lose 20 lbs. first)

Note: I am not powerful, successful, nor wealthy (not by any standards). Here is sarcasm I received:
Do you go to the Opera to compare your fashion plate with other Opera matrons?
You look a lot better than most of those dowagers.

Note II: Perception is entirely subjective. People think I am beautiful by looking at my painted face (makeup). I don’t see myself beautiful. I have my self-perceived “faults” and self-perceived “ugliness” in me. However, there were times people (mostly older women) tell me “You radiate with grace and elegance” I like that ! ! ! Those comments I heard was when I had no makeup on – most time.

 

Photo Gallery – December 2014

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Watch amazing 10000 singing Beethoven – Ode an die Freude _ Ode to Joy
10 000 Japanese people to perform a notoriously difficult piece, in German.

The Symphony No. 9, with accompanying chorus, is traditionally performed throughout Japan at the end of year.

The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the “Ode to Joy”

The Beethoven craze began, strangely enough, during World War I, when German soldiers being held as prisoners in Japan staged the very first performance of number nine here.

 

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12/05:  “Trouble in Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein, “Money Tree”  at Conservatory of Music
12/06:  $$: “Dicken’s X’mas Fair” at Cow Palace, SF
12/06:  $20+fee: “Mad Hatter Ball” Vallejo
12/10:  Happy Hour at PF Chang
12/13:  $20+fee: Ballet Flamenco at Pena Pachamama restaurant, SF
12/14:  Hand-bell Choir at Oakland California Temple (Mormon)
12/16:  X’mas deco & lights. (St Francis, Palace, & Hilton Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s)
12:16:  Hanukkah – First lighting Menorah ceremony at Union Square
12:16:  $10Donnation: Beethoven’s 244th Birthday, Emerald Tablet gallery
12:20:  Cable Car Caroling & Dinner at Fisherman’s Warf
12:22:  Volunteering for “X’mas for Everyone”
12:23:  Fiore Restaurant Concord
12:25:  X’mas Day, Table for One at Silk Road restaurant Walnut Creek
12:29:  $$$: Ballet “Nutcracker” SF War Memorial Opera House

 
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