May 2017

May  2017

Sondheim’s Musical
I researched Stephen Sondheim before going to see musical “Side by Side” at Conservatory of Music. It was mesmerized to watch “BBC Proms 2010 – Sondheim at 80” on YouTube. Dame Judi Dench sang “Send In The Clowns” from A Little Night Music. Utterly spellbinding. Then I read his bio. When Sondheim was ten, his parents divorced. Sondheim explained to biographer Secrest that he was what they call an institutionalized child, meaning one who has no contact with any kind of family. you’re in an environment that supplies you with everything but human contact.
I felt the similar feeling time to time – Disowned because I married to a Caucasian. Although, I didn’t have the luxurious life in the USA.
I have seen his musical “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” U.S. tour, Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett, many years ago in San Francisco. Two years ago (2015), I saw opera version played by American baritone Brian Mulligan and American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, sang in English at SF Opera House.

Sashay away
A woman followed me in Presidio Officer’s Club and asked me “Are you a dancer?” I said “No. Why?”. She told me I walk beautifully. After a little chat, she said “I’ll Sashay (Chassé) away” and left. I enjoyed Jazz music there.

Crocker Bank
I have many old IT related software books in my dresser, which I haven’t opened it nearly 10 years. I removed all books into recycling trash bin. Then one piece of paper dropped to the floor, a copy of altered “Dilbert” comic strips. It brought back my memories at working “Crocker Bank” and “BofA”. I remember that my interview failed with IBM, then school told me to go to Crocker Bank for an interview. I didn’t send out my resume. However, school faxed it, just like they did for IBM. CTL (Computer Traning for Disabled) and UC Berkeley professional development counselors helped me. I got my first professional job at Crocker as “Programer & Analyst” I did coding COBOL programs to run under CICS on IBM machine in Auditing Department, then in HR Department used NOMAD a relational database and 4th generation language.

Mother’s Day
I had best mother’s Day this year.

Mini Vacation
Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy Dam. Majestic & serene!

Memorial Day Weekend
* I was invited to my friend Richard’s family gathering on Saturday. He has loving children and grandchildren.
* Watched Carnaval SF – the Grand Parade on Sunday.
* Presidio Memorial Day – Honor & remember fallen heroes on Monday.

5/05/17: SF City Hall Rotunda 12Noon Dance Series
5/05/17: Presidio Sessions @ Officer’s Club. Kasey Knudsen Sextet Jazz
5/05/17: Conservatory of Music – Sondheim’s “Side by Side”
5/09/17: SF Botanical Garden
5/11/17: Audrey’s concert @ the Fresno State Concert Hall
5/13/17: Performed Dance at Pittsburg Senior Health Fair
5/14/17: Mother’s Day Luncheon @Alameda, CA
5/14/17: USS Hornet Museum
5/17/17: Gift: iPhone 7 Plus 32GB
5/17/17: Dinner at Jackson Rancheria Casino. Jackson, CA
5/19/17: Trudie’s Retirement Party Concord, CA
5/23/17: Visit Hetch Hetchy O’Shaughnessy Dam, Tueeulala and Wapama Falls.
5/24/17: Visit Yosemite Valley & Glacier Point
5/27/17: Friend’s family gathering – Memorial Weekend
5/28/17: Carnaval – Grand Parade SF, CA
5/29/17: Memorial Day Ceremony

Photo Gallery – May 2017 events of everyday life

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