My RHS 55th class reunion – 2019

September 22, 2019

David and I attended my Roosevelt High School 55th class reunion at KCC Culinary Arts Institute on Sunday. There were 200 people who attended, including guests of the alumni. About 10 people came from out of state to join us.

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David and I posed at the entrance to the dining room. My sweater was unnecessary, because the air conditioning did not work and it was hot. The red and gold lei was handmade by an alumna, named Vivian. Red and gold are our school colors:

These alumni manned the reception desk: Sheila, Sandy, Vicky, and Naomi:

Roosevelt High School football stars (Warner and Reid, both living on the mainland) and David:

Georgina (who lives on the mainland), David, and Laurie (our senior class president):

Inez on the left (I didn’t catch the name of the woman on the right):

Alison (she lives on the mainland and was page 3 editor of the school newspaper, The Rough Rider):

The table setting (the chopsticks were handmade and are reusable):

The food, consisting mostly of Japanese cuisine:

My plate plus the parfait on the right:

The door prizes (I didn’t win):

A good time was had by all. We are looking forward to our 60th class reunion in five years.

Wish me luck

September 20, 2019

Trees at the Blaisdell (January 2017):

As I mentioned before, I have a chronic cough that refuses to go away despite treatment. I had thought of not attending any concerts at the Blaisdell, because I didn’t want to disturb the performers and the audience with my coughing.

But, after pondering a bit, I decided to attend the first half of the concerts, when the soloist performs. I intend to sit on the bench in the lobby, watch the TV monitor, and listen to the music being piped into the lobby. At least, I hope that will be the case. We shall leave at intermission, because it will be too uncomfortable for me to sit on the bench for another hour.

This Sunday, David and I will first attend my 55th high school class reunion at the KCC Culinary Institute from 11-1 pm. Then, we’ll head on to the Blaisdell Concert Hall for the first concert of the season at 4 pm. It looks like it will be a fun Sunday, and I am truly looking forward to it.

Anything to get out of the house and enjoy the rest of my life. There’s nothing fun about being a recluse, isolated from the world.

If it does happen as planned, then I’ll post photos of the class reunion and the concert on my blog.

Wish me luck.

The Wii

September 18, 2019

We used to play with the Wii with our friends and relatives. I bought it in 2007, when sales were at their peak. It was so difficult to buy one locally that I had to ask my friend, Garrett, to send me one from California, where he lived. Thanks, Garrett. We had fun boxing, golfing, bowling, shooting, etc.

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This is the Wii with one remote (we bought 4 remotes):

My younger daughter, Lisa, and my nephew, Charles, boxed. I believe Lisa won. (December 2007):

David and a friend boxed. (January 2008):

Carol bowled. (January 2011):

Elsha bowled. (January 2011):

Hank bowled. (January 2011):

Maria and Grant, with 1 year old Julia, shot at pigeons. (December 2008):

David golfed. (July 2009):

Tiger Woods Wii golf game. (July 2009):

We still have the Wii, sitting below our TV, but no one plays with it anymore.

Chronic cough

September 16, 2019

I have had a chronic cough for years. Lately, the coughing has been more frequent and more prolonged. In July, I had two X-rays of my chest, but there were no significant abnormalities. My heart is normal in size, and I don’t have pneumonia. Then, I underwent a Pulmonary Fitness Test. I was told I don’t have asthma nor do I have COPD.

The conclusion was that my chronic cough is due to acid reflux disease, which I have had for more than 20 years. The doctor told me to double the dose for Zantac, 2 tablets twice per day for 8 weeks. After that, I am to call the doctor about my condition. So far, I have seen no reduction in my coughing. My condition has not improved.

The pulmonology technician told me to avoid tomatoes, as they are very acidic. I am to avoid citrus fruits and caffeine, too. All the good stuff that is bad for me.

This chronic cough means that I cannot attend concerts, operas, and musicals that are coming up in the near future. I don’t want to disturb the musicians and the audience with my coughing.

So sad, because you know how much I enjoy live musical performances. David will go to these concerts alone, as he is a subscriber. I shall stay home and listen to CDs. I might donate my tickets to the box office and get a tax deduction.

This might be a new norm for me: Listening to CDs at home instead of going out to listen to live performances. I guess we’ll save a lot of money that way.

This is my CD cabinet at home:

Hats

September 14, 2019

Over the years, I have bought a lot of hats. Click on the photos to enlarge them:

This is the spiral hat I wore with my black and white muumuu at Hoku’s Restaurant in Kahala. David and the waitress are in the background (2013):

This is a blue hat I wore to my nephew Travis and Shanna’s wedding (2014):

This is a canvas hat I wore at a golf course on Kauai. We had just played 9 holes of golf (2008):

This is the same canvas hat I wore at the Navy-Marine Golf Course, where I just hit balls on the driving range. By the way, I no longer play golf due to lack of interest. David and I donated our clubs to Goodwill (2008):

And this is the Indian turban I purchased in Jaipur, India. My 2 year old grandson, Rylan, was willing to pose for me in my home (2012):

I haven’t worn a hat in years. Perhaps, I’ll wear them again some day.

Goodbye to alcohol

September 12, 2019

There was a time when I used to drink alcohol, though very sparingly. Whenever David and I dined at a restaurant, we each ordered a glass of champagne as an aperitif. It put us in a good mood, ready for the appetizing meal to follow.

Then, in 2014, I drank my last drop. Drinking alcohol had unpleasant side effects, such as fuzzy thinking and the tendency to repeat myself during conversation. I don’t miss alcohol at all. I have no problem abstaining from it.

Here are some photos of me and David, toasting each other at various restaurants. This is how it was back then:

January 2010 at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro:

July 2012 at Sarento’s:

January 2013 at Greens & Vines:

January 2013 at 53 By The Sea:

May 2013 at Top of Waikiki:

June 2013 at Signature Restaurant. This time, I think we drank iced tea:

Another trip down memory lane…

Exotic fruit trees

September 10, 2019

My Vietnamese neighbors have a small orchard growing next to my fence. They sometimes give me some fruits, and they told me to pick fruits that might overhang my yard:

Soursop, which has medicinal value. It reduces inflammation:

Jackfruit:

Limons:

More fruits. The two at the top of this photo are grapefruits. The two on the bottom right are called wah-wah. The fruit on the bottom left is a sweetsop:

My Vietnamese neighbors also grow other types of fruit, such as mangoes and dragon fruits.  They all are delicious and good for us to eat.

U.S. Open 2019 (Women’s tennis)

September 8, 2019

On Saturday, David and I watched Bianca Andreescu of Canada beat Serena Williams of USA in straight sets at the U.S. Open in New York. Congratulations to Bianca, who is 19 years old. She won $3.85 million. This is a photo of Serena and Bianca with their trophies:

This photo shows Serena’s friend Duchess Meghan Markle, Serena’s sister Venus Williams, and Serena’s coach Mouratoglou:

These are Bianca’s parents, who immigrated from Romania to Canada before Bianca was born:

David and I are not athletes. We are mere spectators. But, these tennis players do it for a living. They have a lot at stake if they lose. However, Serena already has a net worth of $200 million, so this loss is nothing. Bianca previously had about $2.5 million. Now, she has $3.85 million more in prize money. Not bad for two hours of work.

All the best to both players. David and I enjoyed the match.

P.S. Serena got $1.9 million for coming in second.

French Neo-Impressionism

September 6, 2019

David and I browsed at the Honolulu Museum of Art last Wednesday, focusing on French Neo-Impressionism. This is David, soaking it all in (Click on the photos to enlarge them):

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903). “Rouen, Saint-Sever, Morning.” City life along the Seine River. Thickly applied strokes of paint cause surfaces to shimmer with light and shadow:

Camille Pissarro. “Morning, Winter, Sunshine, Frost, the Pont-Neuf, the Seine, the Louvre.” This painting shimmers with the chill of an early winter morning:

Henri-Edmond Cross (French, 1856-1910). “Landscape.” Cross was a principal exponent of Neo-Impressionism:

This is David looking at the two Pissarro paintings up close:

Nice way to spend time at the art museum.

Lisa

September 4, 2019

I noticed that I have been dwelling on Maria and her children a lot, so to let you know that I do have another daughter, I’ll show you photos of Lisa’s progress through life. Lisa is three years younger than Maria. Here she is with her father, David, in the hospital (1982):

David’s mother, Bessie, held Lisa on her lap in our condo (1982):

This is my favorite photo of Maria and Lisa in my house (December 2011):

Lisa graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BS in Kinesiology. She then graduated from Touro University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is now a board certified physical therapist in Nevada. This is a photo of Dr. Lisa on graduation day (May 2015):

Both Maria and Lisa have successful professional careers and were able to buy houses of their own. Best of all, they are both self-supporting and financially independent. Way to go, girls!