Hawaii Cruise

November 2016 Hawaii Cruise

November 23 to December 8, 15-day cruise onboard Grand Princess.
Destinations: Hilo-Big Island, Honolulu-Oahu, Nawiliwili-Kauai, Lahaina-Maui

Note: A tender platform was damaged 500 miles east of Hawaii, was on it’s way to Mexico. The ship has turned around and be in Honolulu on Monday (Dec. 5) for repairs.

11/05/16: 2017 SF Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
11/08/16: 2016 presidential election
11/08/16: SF Opera. Verdi’s AIDA
11/18/16: The Beach Boys LIVE at the Bob Hope Theatre
11/23/16: Grand Princess 15-Day Hawaii Cruise from SF
11/24/16: Cruising
11/25/16: Cruising
11/26/16: Cruising
11/27/16: Cruising
11/28/16: Hilo, Hawaii
11/29/16: Honolulu, Oahu
11/30/16: Kawaii

I’ll add comments later. Sorry too busy

Photo Gallery – November 2016

Central Valley

October 2016 Central Valley

Central Valley – Stockton

stockton-1Recently I visited my friend who lives in Morada – Morada is unincorporated zone in Northern part of Stockton, population less than 5,000 (White 75%, Hispanic/Latino 18%). This area is very nice and safe, compared to south of downtown Stockton.

People associate City of Stockton (a population of over 300,000 Hispanic/Latino 40%, White 37%): Ghetto, Gangs, and Violent Crimes.

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The last time Stockton attracted so much attention was in 2008, as the biggest housing bubble America had ever enjoyed was turning into the biggest bust it had ever suffered. With nearly one in 10 homes repossessed that year alone, the city became known as the foreclosure capital of the US and it became the largest city in America to file for bankruptcy in 2012.

Positive side of  Stockton: The University of the Pacific (Pacific or UOP) is the oldest chartered university in California. I was told that Conservatory of Music has good reputation.

Central Valley – Fresno

fresno-7We visited Fresno for his granddaughters music concert. It’s University High School Music Dept. annual performance. This school is a charter high school on the campus of California State University, Fresno.
Following day, we drove around the city. My surprise was driving Van Ness Extension, the most prestigious neighborhood in the city, and boasts some of Fresno’s most elaborate homes and most affluent citizens. These gorgeous mansions are amazingly cheap compared to similar houses in East Bay such as Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, & Blackhawk.
Drive several blocks, there are houses with airplane garages. Sierra Sky Park was the first aviation community to be built (1946), personal aircraft and automobiles to share certain roads.

Why in the world do people live where they live? I think it does not matter where you live because once you live in a certain place and settle in there, it becomes the best place to be. However, you have to consider “livability Index” such as Housing affordability, Employment opportunities, Neighborhood quality, Health access, Civic engagement, Alternative transportation, Environmental conditions,
In my case, as retired person and homeowner; Civic engagement, Alternative transportation are most important criteria. That’s why I live in San Francisco Bay Area. 

Photo Gallery – October 2016

October 2016

10/02/16: SF 49er’s game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
10/08/16: SF Fleet Week Air Show & Lunch Cruise on San Francisco Belle paddleboat
10/12/16: Apple Hill Bus Tour. Placerville, CA
10/15/16: Oktoberfest. Walnut Creek, CA
10/26/16: Dentist. Fair Oaks, CA
10/26/16: Ballroom Dance – Halloween. Walnut Creek, CA
10/28/16: Music Concert. Fresno, CA
10/29/16: Explore downtown Fresno.

Opera Opening Night

September 2016 Opera Opening Night

opera-9-9Poonam gave me her Sari in April. I felt that I don’t deserve this precious gift. She is young woman and married with 2 boys, lives in Southern California. I like her very much because she has heart of gold. So honoring her feeling, I accepted. I know she wants to see me happy and hopes that the gift achieve this purpose. I watched “How to wear Sari” on YouTube then put it on. I went to see “Andrea Chénier.” SF Opera Company’s 94th Season Opening Night (September 9). SF Opera is such world-class institution, beautiful venue, and excellent productions. It gives us opportunity to encounter fine cultural events. I enjoy dressing-up to go there and envelop in special elegant/sophisticate ambiance – it transform daily life into something dreamy.
pinkfeather-headdressI had my first stage performance with “Black Diamond Follies”  on 24th and 25th  at Creative Arts Building Theatre, Pittsburg High School. This stage debut awakened in me the desire to preform in public. And I loved it! It’s like Las Vegas Musical review strutting their stuff, shaking their groove thing and just having fun. I have always had hearing problems and this time through countless rehearsals I was able to learn different dances and 5 costume changes. I know I made some mistakes however all people congratulate me and tell me how wonderful the performance was and how beautiful the costumes, I really felt good to accomplish so many dances even though I could not hear very much of the music. I will try to borrow some pictures and post them later to the blog.
This has really been a summer of discovering many inner abilities that I was unaware I possessed. If I had really stopped to think about them ahead of time I would be afraid to attempt because fear of failure. I am changing and I love it!

Photo Gallery – September 2016

September 2016

9/02/16: Birthday Party for members of Black Diamond Follies
9/05/16: Gold Rush Days – Old Town Sacramento, CA
9/09/16: SF Opera’s 94th Season Opening Night. Opera “Andrea Chénier”
9/10/16: Volunteering at Seafood & Music Festival
9/11/16: SF Opera’s “Opera in the Park” at Golden Gate Park
9/17/16: My friend and I went to “RV show” at Cal-Expo Sacramento, CA
9/20/16: Trimming tall Palm trees by professional
9/25/16: Our Black Diamond Follies performed in the theater
9/26/16: Our Black Diamond Follies performed in the theater

A defining month for me

August 2016 Defining month for me

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1) Nobody? / somebody? / I am who I am?

In July post (prior month) I wrote about I wanted to be “somebody” not “nobody”.

Because many years of living alone, I lost my identity. I wanted world to know my existence. However I am not marketing my name and my existence because I have no talent. I was just self-sustaining. . .

One of my long time blog reader responded privately by sending me poem of Emily Dickinson “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” Her poems reminded me of Japanese haiku poet Bashō. I’ve never met him, however he helped me overcome my severe depression a few years ago.

Recently I met a man who lives in Stockton, CA. I start going out with him. His philosophical view is “I am who I am”. I think, this can be said to anybody and everybody. Because everyone has their own tastes; “Different strokes for different folks” What do you say?

Life isn’t finding myself. Life is about creating myself.

2) Extra special event: Gladys Knight concert at Gallo in Modesto, CA

My deep appreciation for My dear friend for inviting me to concert.

3) Rosie the Riveter

It was my first time participating “breaking the Guinness World Book of Records” I am so proud of myself and all other Rosies in this wonderful event. I felt empowered.

4) 2016 Rio Olympics 

In an era of nationalism and xenophobia, let’s not forget the Olympic spirit is real — and powerful –Cutting through this domestic political chaos, however, Rio hosted the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.

5) Follies Dance practice 3 evening/week

Preparing for upcoming Sept. 24 & 25 “Black Diamond Follies” show.

Photo Gallery – August 2016

August 2016

8/02/16: Walnut Creek Police Deportment Public service day
8/04/16: Gladys Knight Concert at Modesto, CA
8/04/16: Watched The opening ceremony 2016 Rio Olympics on TV
8/06/16: Pool party at Ann’s house
8/07/16: Nihonmachi Street Fair
8/08/16: Re-apply US Passport
8/12/16: Trip to Roseville, CA
8/13/16: Rosie Rally at Richmond, CA Breaking Guinness World record of Rosie the Riveter lookalikes
8/15/16: Lunch with former associate
8/20/16: Repaired backyard deck flooring
8/21/16: Lauran’s B-day
8/26/16: Live Show “The Valley Talent Project” @ Gallo Center Modesto, CA
8/28/16: Drinving on Hwy-12 & Hwy-49, and Hwy-4
8/30/16: Dr. Alexander Fair Oaks, CA

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He is a die hard republican. I think he considers gun owners right to bear arms to be under attack, business corporations and wealthy individuals who benefit from limiting social programs, limiting regulations, and reduced taxes.
I am a democrat, because I am an intellectually independent, broad-minded person, and believe in economic security for everyone. However, I don’t like wasteful, giveaway social programs.

Daily-life interrupted

July 2016 Daily-life interrupted

At beginning of July, I was going to write about subject such as “Loss of Identity” or “Who am I?” Those kinds of things really bothered me after retirement. People in late adulthood (60-85 years) had already experienced many disrupted life events (such as divorce, retirement, illnesslosing a loved one). The main crisis in the Late Adulthood Transition is a person fears that their youthfulness is disappearing, and only an old, fatigued, boring person will remain. 

I always wanted to be “somebody” not “nobody”. I went out places in SF Bay Area often during last few years. It is important how others view me, my feelings of confidence, are dependent on external factors. As a result, I seek reassurance and praise from others to feel OK about myself (Note: I am not a self-centered, however).
 
Just recently, a man sent me a email from my website. I never, never thought to go out with any men. However I did. He made me realize that important to develop my own mind (inner-sense, self-knowledge, & self-affection) I am going to stay calm and check off my bucket list from now on. 

Photo Gallery – July 2016

July 2016

7/01/16: Wanda’s B-Day
7/02/16: Opera at AT&T “Carmen” simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House.
7/03/16: Independence Eve with Oakland Symphony & Fireworks
7/07/16: Japantown
7/09/16: making follies headdress
7/10/16: SF Symphony at Stern Grove
7/13/16: Napa Valley Wine train
7/13/16: Castello di Amarosa Wine tasting & tour
7/14/16: Tiffany Austin Quintet at YBG Festival
7/16/16: Chevron Family festival at Lesher Center for the Arts
7/16/16: Alex Ramon Magic at Lesher Center Walnut Creek, CA
7/16/16: FFAE’s Wizard of Oz at Lesher Center
7/16/16: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley: Play “Marriage of Figaro”
7/17/16: Hiking Muir Woods National Monument. Mill Valley, CA
7/17/16: The Spinnaker restaurant, Sausalito, CA
7/23/16: University of Pacific, Stockton, CA
7/27/16: Dinner at Marines Club, SF, CA
7/30/16: Hiking Calaveras Big Trees State Park
7/31/16: SF Ballet at Stern Grove Festival

RefIections: younger-selves

June 2016 – Reflections: younger-selves

I read Tiffany Diamond’s article “Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly Seeing Their Younger Selves” Showing photographer Tom Hussey’s photo series entitled Reflections.

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Image credits: Photograph by Tom Hussey

Tiffany wrote: 

Every time a nurse would come in to turn my grandmother over to the other side, I felt this overwhelming need to tell them all about her. To make sure that they understood that the frail little old lady in the bed was a spitfire of a woman.

I’d wish that I had my photo albums to pull out and show them all the photographic evidence of her alive and smiling and dancing and being Audrey. To show her living in some of the most amazing places in the world. To show the crazy things she had done and seen in life.

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I’ve seen Tom Hussey‘s Reflections several years ago. It was one of mass-mailing from acquaintance. At the time, I only thought “nice”, “nostalgic”. This time I now understood why men want to date with younger women. They still see themselves as in their 20’s or 30’s (halcyon days of their life.)

Now I know why I am single forever. . . I am too old for them, and they are too old for me.
I comfort myself “Seventy is the new 57.”

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June 2016 Everyday Picture Diary for timeless photo memories

6/04/16: $2Donation: YBG Fest. Gamelan Sekar Java, Balinese Music & dance
6/04/16: $10Donation: Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchesta (BCCO) at UC Berkeley. Guests: Carrie Hennessey (soprano), Brian Thorsett (tenor), Efrain Solis (baritone)
6/05/16: $6: Japanese Cooking party
6/11/16: Livermore Rodeo Parade
6/12/16: Haight Ashbury Street Fair
6/18/16: $3: Hiking to Twin Peaks SF
6/19/16: $10Donation: Stern Grove Fest. Janelle Monae
6/29/16: Our Black Diamond Follies dance group photo sessions
6/24/16: SF Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers in GGP
6/25/16: Presidio Concerts – Diana Gameros Trio
6/25/16: Presidio Concerts – Miguelito Martines Sextet
6/26/16: SF Gay Pride Parade.
6/26/16: US Air Force Band of the Golden West at El Campanil Theatre
6/29/16: $$: Opera “Don Carlo” SF Opera House


Transportation Fare for Senior:

BART to SF: $2.45 one-way
MUNI in the City: $1:00 one-way
Local/ long distance: I drive my car

Trump

Trump this is special edition. I normally post blog once a month.
trump-1 trump-2 trump-3 I immigrated to the US from Japan many years ago. I care about political stability of this nation.

I was … appalled by half of American population were so ignorant by supporting hypocrite Donald Trump. I wonder why they don’t have their brain, moral beliefs, and conscience.  Some of them are educated, wealthy, and egocentric, they support Trump because business advantage. They don’t care about country.

Trump can be characterized by:  racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity of an epic scale, monumentally unqualified man as person and of anything involving governance.

How warped the Republican Party has become.

29 Donald Trump quotes from “marie claire” UK magazine.

1. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”

Trump was determined to “expose” President Obama’s birthplace back in 2012, and even claimed to have sent investigators to Hawaii in the hopes of proving Obama wasn’t born in the United States.

2. “Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again – just watch. He can do much better!”

Clearly Donald is a Team Edward kind of guy…

3. “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”

Trump always has charming things to say about successful, prominent women – but he stooped particularly low with this comment about Huffington Post founder.

4. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.” 

Trump proves (again) that he views a woman’s looks over anything else…

6.  “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” 

Oh for goodness sake.

7. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” 

Just another casually racial slur, then…

8. “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

Don’t worry, his racist outbursts aren’t just directed at Mexico.

9. “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”

Trump has infamously hated on Rosie O’Donnell, making crude, sexist and misogynistic remarks about her on multiple occasions.

10. “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

Because of course, no woman can resist Trump’s charms. [Throws up on keyboard]

11. “One of they key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”

Well at least he’s showing some self awareness.

12. “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”

And not that fabulous barnet of yours?

13. “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”

Definitely not missing the point…

14. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

Possibly (/definitely) one of the creepiest things we’ve ever heard…

15. “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”

Ew.

16. “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”

We’re glad he’s so concerned about the obesity crisis.

17. “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

Women aren’t possessions, Donald. They can’t belong to you.

18. “You’re disgusting.”

To put this into context, Donald Trump said this to the opposing lawyer during a court case when she asked for a medical break to pump breast milk for her three-month-old daughter.

19. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.”

Campaign slogan = sorted.

20. “Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight!”

In his Twitter liveblogging of the Democratic debate, Trump seemed to think he was watching a talent show rather than looking for the next POTUS.

21. “My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.”

We think Donald may be overestimating the power of Twitter.

22. “My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

Don’t worry, we won’t.

23. “I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

What does that even mean?

24. “The other candidates — they went in, they didn’t know the air conditioning didn’t work. They sweated like dogs…How are they gonna beat ISIS? I don’t think it’s gonna happen.” 

Because sweating = the inability to solve a political crisis. Gotcha.

25. “Look at those hands, are they small hands? And, [Republican rival Marco Rubio] referred to my hands: ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”

Along with the petition to keep him out of the UK, can we also campaign for Trump to stop talking about his penis?

26. “Thanks sweetie. That’s nice”

Said Donald in typically patronising style to a female 9/11 survivor. Inappropriate – and quite creepy.

27. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”

Threatening your opponent’s wife on Twitter? Stay classy, Don…

28. “I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down”

 

Ah 7-Eleven, great convenience store, and def not to be confused with a national tragedy and symbol of global terrorism, eh Trump?

29. “The only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

Speaking from a, errr, woman’s perspective, we reckon ol’ Trumpy may be a little off with this one.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/550112/donald-trump-quotes.html#zU6yhLH34c4DX38z.99