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Life has been somewhat challenging these days. I am looking for a new house and trying to find new homes for several of the cats. I found an ideal house not far from my current one, but it was just outside the boundary for Julia to continue at her current school. So the quest continues...
With summer vacation quickly ending due to Julia's school schedule, I decided to take Adam and Julia to San Diego for a few days. We usually stay in La Jolla or Mission Bay, but this time we stayed in Pacific Beach, right on the beach. It was a lot of fun, but I discovered that Pacific Beach is a hangout for beer-drinking, surfing, bikini-clad, not-a-care-in-the-world 21 to 25 year olds, which made me feel quite old hanging out on the beach. Oh well. The highlight of our trip was bicycling around Mission Bay. I was very proud of Julia keeping up with the guys.
Over 4th of July weekend, Adam and I went on our annual camping trip in Kings Canyon. We had a really great campsite right on a creek and had a very nice time. Because of the unusually high heat, we spent most of the days playing Scrabble or mind puzzles, and photographing. We returned a 100 degree house and discovered that both air conditioning units had died. The cats were only half-dead. Oh, the joys of home ownership.
Adam (18) has had quite a year, graduating high school (as Student Body President) and turning 18 a month later. He was accepted to CSUN but decided to go to Pierce for his first two years. Like his dad, his aspirations are toward electrical/computer engineering. He loves electronics and has invented several electronic devices and even designed electrical circuits. He also loves digital photography, and spends a lot of time surfing scientific and "don't try this at home" websites. The problem is that he does try them at home.
Adam has been living with me since my separation and has been instrumental in me keeping my sanity. No, it's not always easy living with a teenager (especially with getting him to clean his room and do his chores), but he has been very supportive and we have spent a lot of time together. I most enjoy our late nights--watching movies or Bill Maher and playing Scrabble or mind games.
Julia (11) just started 7th grade and will turn 12 in just a few weeks. She has become a very talented artist, actress and musician. She has also become quite independent, is very particular about what she wears and has developed a unique sense of style.
I (pronounced "eye") am still working as a "Senior IT Planner" and Enterprise Architect at the airport. What does that mean? Enterprise Architecture is the practice of trying to align the organization's future state of Information Technology with the organization's strategic goals and objectives. Ooooh, very sexy!. My own passions include my long-time hobbies of photography, wine and wine tasting, and maintaining a challenging house. (Check out this new panorama of our back yard using my iPhone.)
Feline Family: At one time in my life I thought it would be fun to live in a cathouse. Well, now we do and I can say that it's not always fun. Six cats roaming the house, plus regular visits by the local strays. Our first two rescued kittens, Tigger and Luna, were adopted in late 2007. I later caught two 8-week old kittens, Linus and Lucy, on our patio in mid-2008 (trapped them like animals). I later rescued Ex-LAX (affectionately known as "Lexie"), a beautiful purebread female that was living in a parking lot at LAX. The latest is Squeak, which was a frequent visitor to our back patio and was rescued after becoming ill. They've learned how to control their humans and are willing accomplices as they systematically shred all the furniture in our house.
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The "Year in Review" Newsletters
Steve & Judy wine tasting in Carmel (11/13)
Julia is so happy to get her own iPad (12/12)
Ka'anapali Beach, Maui 2012
Kings Canyon Camping Trip 2012
Adam, Julia and Grandpa celebrate Grandpa's 85th birthday (6/12)
The whole family for Thanksgiving dinner in Palm Springs (11/11)
A beautiful photo of Julia looking much older than 9 her years (9/11)
Hawaii 2011 (Kauai, Maui & Lanai)
Kings Canyon Camping Trip 2011
Adam, Julia and cousin Ryan (5/11)
Kings Canyon Camping Trip 2010
A proud dad on Father's Day (6/10)
Adam's Bar Mitzvah
The entire Enterprise Architecture crew - check out Spock (10/09)
Cambria & La Jolla
Camping at Kings Canyon
National Park 2009:
is getting ready for a dance performance
Camping at Kings Canyon
National Park 2008:
is all dressed up for a dance recital
and a friend prepare for a ballet performance
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