Palm Springs

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Palm Springs getaway

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

Today, mostly cloudy. I always associated cold and gloomy winter to “unhappiness.”
I’m a septuagenarian, coming to grips with the real finality of my age and my impermanence in time.
As I have always said, “carpe diem – live in the moment.”  That’s my philosophy. A year ago, I said “I’ll take the risk in the year 2019, however, gingerly.” and I did. . .
I’m lucky to travel with a person who understands the meaning of check-off bucket lists.
We went to Palm Springs this month, comfortable weather, beautifully manicured cities, many golf courses, and country clubs.
I enjoyed Hot Air Balloon ride and The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Fred, I can’t thank you enough.

Palm Springs Trip Dec 6-14

Times are guesstimates and will change according to interest.

12/6
Fri
Depart Pittsburg
Quality Inn Bakersfield  Check-in   200 Union Av. Bakersfield
➤7:30 pm ShowtimeRock N Holidays Ovation Theater 1622 19th St. 
12/7
Sat
Depart–Check out Bakersfield
Arrive Knights Inn Palm Springs  1450 South Palm Canyon Drive
Living Desert – Wildlights 6 pm-9 pm  47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert
Festival of Lights Parade South Palm Canyon Drive 
12/8
Sun
Street Fair at College of the Desert   43500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert
➤2:00 pm King and I Palm Canyon Theater  538 N. Palm Canyon Dr
Walk of Stars
12/9
Mon
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  1 Tram Way, Palm Springs
Downtown Palm Springs (stroll, to see & to do)
12/10
  Tue
Depart to Perris Airport for Hot Air Balloon Perris Airport L65
Robolights 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs
12/11
Wed
Depart to the Salton Sea (100225 State Park Rd, Mecca) I-10, CA-111
Rancho Mirage Observatory    CA-111
12/12
Thu
JW Marriott Desert Springs Country Club Dr, Palm Desert
Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Gardens  72-567 Hwy-111 Palm Desert
Palm Springs Art Museum   72-567 Hwy-111 Palm Desert
Coachella Valley Vista Point  Hwy-74 Palm Desert
Joshua Tree National Park     Palm Springs
Village Fest 4-10 pm 100 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
12/13
Fri
Depart–Check out Palm Springs
Bakersfield– Check-in
➤6:00 pm A Christmas Story Star Theater Restaurant (Dinner & show)
1931 Chester Ave Bakersfield 
12/14
Sat
Depart–Check out Bakersfield
Harris Ranch Restaurant (Lunch) 24505 W Dorris Ave, Coalinga, CA
Arrive  Pittsburg 

12/06/19: Off to vacation! Palm Springs, CA
12/14/19: Return home from Palm Springs
12/19/19: SF Ballet “Nut Crackers”
12/23/19: Bethlehem A.D. – A living Christmas. Redwood City, CA
12/24/19: Monterey, CA
12/24/19: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
12/24/19: Fantasy of Lights Drive-thru. Los Gatos, CA
12/25/19: Christmas in the Park, San Jose, CA
12/28/19: Visit my Grandson. Roseville, CA

 

Photo Gallery – December events of everyday life

 

Humanity

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Humanity

*** Random Act of Kindness
11/19/19: I was in deep trouble in an unfamiliar location in the evening. My purpose was to pick up “Free Bookshelf” in Pleasant Hill. I cannot read street signs in the dark. I had to get out of the car to read the signs. My iPhone is not working. I couldn’t find an address. After driving around for over one hour, I accidentally closed the door while car-key was still in the ignition. Now, I got locked out of my car.
I gathered my courage and knocked on the door of a stranger’s house. Expecting no one to answer the door for their own safety. Because we are told, “Don’t open that door if you don’t know the person knocking.”
Thankfully, Connie and her husband came out and helped me to find an address. Just 2 blocks away. Three of us arrived at Andrea’s house. Andrea and her husband came out and five of us trying to figure out how to handle this situation. Andrea’s husband loaded bookshelf (6’x3’x14″) onto his pickup truck. Meanwhile,  Connie called AAA Road services. We arrived where my car was parked. At the same time, AAA came and unlocked (used Connie’s insurance. Thanks, Connie). We were able to load a bookshelf into my station wagon. I got home. My friend from Los Gatos and my neighbor came over and helped me to unload bookshelf a couple of days later.
It was quite an adventure and a crazy evening. I am truly thankful for their kindness and compassion.

2) SF Opera MANON LESCAUT. Music by Puccini and Nicola Luisotti conducted the Italian version.
I wanted to see Nicola again. He is a former Music director & Conductor at SF Opera. He had a ten-year tenure.
I saw the French version MANON, Music by Massenet 2 years ago.

3) Found a dog
11/26/2019: I went for a walk. Found a dog with no collar, no ID tag, wandering down the street. What can I do to help? I knocked on the doors of several houses asking people who may know the owner of this dog. No luck. She was dirty, skinny (spine sticking out), hair loss and bad skin condition. I brought her to my house, fed her, gave her a bath, and a new sweater. I took to where I found her, attempted to locate the owner. Then heavy rain started pouring. I came home with this dog.

11/28/2019: This Dog’s owner came forward – He saw it on nextdoor.com  So, I delivered her to where she belongs. It was a happy ending. It was a joyful experience for me that she made my house a home immediately. Follow me to the end of the earth. I miss her very much.

4) Santa Cruz trip
The quintessential California beach town of Santa Cruz!
Dinner at “FireFish” Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Musical – Me and my girl, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and The Mystery Spot. We did a slow coastal drive along West Cliff Drive in September.

5) 11/28/19: Thanksgiving Day
I spent time with my precious grandson in Roseville, CA. I’m very thankful for a healthy grandson and his parents. I’m very fortunate to have good people around me (relatives, friends, neighbors) Also encountered good samaritan strangers…

6) My stupidity –
My desktop and laptop both computers were dead on September 15. My friend kindly helped me to replace a hard drive, recovered most data – lost some. He installed Photoshop from my original DVD. I was wondering why I cannot compress pictures in the desired filesize and smooth surface. The problem was default file type GIF, which should be JPEG. I was wondering “why” for over two months then finally I googled the solution.  Oh, my stupidity  – I have to re-do editing again from scratch and save as JPEG/JPG format within next month. Right now, keep as GIF, so, it takes longer to download websites and bad image quality.  All pictures are still GIF format. Sorry about that.

Photo Gallery – November 2019  

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 moreHelp 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, Filesize: 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. (