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

YouTube Video by US Military Update – Published on Mar 27, 2015
Space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flew over many Los Angeles area landmarks on its final ferry flight Sept. 21, 2012, including the Coliseum, the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Disneyland, Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, downtown Los Angeles, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Malibu coastline and the California Science Center

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

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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!
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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!
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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

 

Brotherly Love

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May & June – Brotherly Love

My brother Kanji and his wife Kazuko came to see me on 5/24/2019 for two weeks vacation.

Dear Kanji & Kazuko – Thank you:
I don’t have much of memory of him. Kanji is 7 years my junior, also I left home when I was 15 to enter a boarding High School.
However, we had a lot to talk about our childhood. Nostalgia, yes, that’s it. a sentimental longing for the past with happy personal associations.
He cut my big tree branch that growing over to the next door with a tiny saw. Also, money for four new tires to buy. He told me that I should make sure to check my brakes and tires.
Kazuko has strong “Compassionate heart” She always thinks and cares about/for other people. I had to tell her a hundred time to become “a little selfish” I know she is not going to change.

They brought the following gifts: (Kazuko-san Arigatou):

  • Their heart and thought in a jumbo-sized paper card with embroidered contents
  • Foods – She knows I don’t like to cook. She got bunch of ready-to-eat foods
  • Japanese style hand towels (I requested)
  • Noragi (Samurais and the cultural elite wore silk while farmers wore Noragi jackets)
  • Painkillers (Loxoprofen Sodium Tape 100 mg) for my back injury
  • Newspaper EXTRA (4/30/2019 Japanese emperor in two centuries to abdicate)
  • Presents for my Grandson

I was cranky in the evening due to my back. Kazuko-san, I am very sorry I was so irritable.

Just two weeks stay are not long enough, I wish they stayed at least three or four weeks. I Hope There’s a Next Time.
I love you both. Wish you a happy and healthy life ahead!

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!
.
5/02/19: My primary doctor appointment for my backache
5/04/19: A Washlet Installed
5/06/19: Fixed my car’s Paint transfer
5/09/19: Free movie CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Orinda Theatre
5/10/19: Launch at Stanford Restaurant in WC
5/16/19: Appointment  with MD. My Blood Pressure is 120 – 90 Good.
5/17/19: Mammogram
5/24/19: My brother & his wife from Japan arrived
5/25/19: Shopping around Union Square & Westfield Mall
5/26/19: SF Carnaval Grand Parade
5/27/19: SF Presidio. Memorial Day Commemoration
5/27/19: SF Presidio. The Walt Disney Family Museum
5/27/19: Golden Gate Bridge
5/27/19: Palace of Fine Arts
5/28/19: Shopping at Union Sq, Japantown
5/29/19: They went SF by themselves
5/30/19: They went to Las Vegas & Grand Canyon
5/31/19: I enjoyed Brasas Do Brazil Churrascaria steakhouse
6/01/19: They got back from Vegas/G. Canyon
6/02/19: Shopping at North Face in Berkeley
6/03/19: They went to Yosemite day-tour
6/04/19: We went to Golden Gate Park
6/05/19: We went to see SF Opera “Carmen”
6/06/19: We enjoyed steak dinner at home
6/07/19: My guests left for Japan

I forgot to mention that many friends, acquaintances, and neighbors helped me to prepare my house for welcoming my relatives. Also, when I hurt my back. Thank you, everyone… 

Photo Gallery – May & June 2019 events of everyday life

 

Fall from a ladder

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April – Fall from a ladder

Life is what it is.
We face the same routine every day.
There are some wonderful or unpleasant events happen from time to time.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
I had to face acute (shooting or stubbing) back pain, I try my best to think positive to overcome fear and pain.
It’s all “Philosophical Attitude” and help of pain killer plus muscles relaxer.

One most precious thing happened this month.
I was able to see/hold/hug my grandson. His name is Sebastian, 3-month-old. He is so cute and good baby. He smiled at me many times. I am not good with men, however, all the babies and dogs love me so much.

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!
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4/05/19: SF City Hall Rotunda Dance Series: Simorgh Dance Collective (Iranian)
4/05/19: Spring Home & Landscape Show Concord, CA
4/07/19: Art, Music & Mortality: An Artist Talk with Patrick Hayashi. Emeryville, CA
4/09/19: Musical “Falsettos’ at Golden Gate Theatre, SF
4/12/19: Musical: The Fantasticks @ SF Conservatory of Music
4/20/19: Went to see my Grandson, Roseville, CA
4/21/19: Grand parade – Cherry Blossom Japantown, SF
4/21/19: Piano Recital – SF Conservatory of Music
4/22/19: Injured in a ladder fall, Kaiser Emergency, Walnut Creek
4/30/19: Giants-Dodgers Baseball game at Oracle Park, SF

 

Photo Gallery – April 2019 events of everyday life

 

Frustrated

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March – Frustrated

I was frustrated because of inability to change or achieve something. Something that’s so simple.

iPage:
I have been dealing with iPage web hosting and domain registration company. I wanted to cancel/to delete everything includes my web files and domain. It was easy to cancel hosting from Account Central, however, Domain Central was a different story. Click Disable Domain Privacy. But, there was no disable button.
I communicated with iPage support team via text-chat at the same time my friend talked over the phone. Next day, I got the same confirmation Email saying my files are deleted, but they will keep my domain in “Domain Parking” and will charge me. Same things went on for several days. Then, my neighbor and I did the same. It took three more days to finally delete my domain. Total of 3 weeks dealing with iPage Customer support. Unbelievable.

Minor car accident:
I had a minor car accident with an unoccupied parked car at a parking lot while backing up. My car scraped the adjacent car. No Injuries.

It was my carelessness and stupidity. I reported to my insurance company. I try to create an account on the company’s website. But I never got a temporary password.
I lost my Clipper card (I think when I was exchanging info with another party when the accident occurred. It must have been slipped on the ground from my purse. I try to report “lost card” online. However, there is only “Cancel” bottom, no “Submit” I had to go to customer services center at Enbarcadero.
I noticed my Driver License has expired 2 months ago. I never got a courtesy renewal notice from DMV. I got panicked. I jumped out to the street and hitchhiked to nearest DMV. I didn’t browse the DMV website nor study “Driver Handbook”.
Of course, I didn’t prepare anything to take a Driver License test. No appointment made.
1) I studied the Driver Handbook while standing in the queue.
2) Fill out basic info (your basic identity) in touch screen Computer.
3) Class C Renewal Pay a nonrefundable application fee $36
4) Give a fingerprint scan.
5) Vision test.
6) Have your photograph taken.
7) Pass the knowledge test. I passed.
8) Received an interim DL.
9) A few days later, I get my new photo DL in the mail.

Next problem was that I must submit a Trafic accident report to DMV within 10 days if either one of them has over $1,000 damage. I turned down my claim from my insurance Co. So, my damage is ZERO. I sent Email to another person for her cost of repair. If her cost exceeds $1,000 then I must report to DMV. But, she hasn’t taken care with her agent. So, even my cost is ZERO, I submitted a report to DMV to protect myself (don’t want a license to be suspended).

SF Ballet:
Program 6 “Space Between” is a triple bill. I really wanted to see “Bjork Ballet”. This work is visually interesting.” I was feeling dizziness so bad during the second intermission. So, I had to leave the theatre and I didn’t see “Bjork Ballet”. “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes” was all male dancers and “Die Toteninsel” was choreographed by Liam Scarlett, I saw his “Frankenstein” last year.

Note: I’m looking for travel companions (travel by cruise ships, trains, cars) – Share expenses.
The time is now!
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3/01/19: Annual Physical Exam
3/06/19: Movie: Green Book and dinner
3/16/19: Bad day, I hit another car – stupidity
3/19/19: Driver License test
3/23/19: 2018 Taxes filing completed
3/29/19: SF Ballet “Space Between”

 

Photo Gallery – March 2019 events of everyday life