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September 5, 2004 [ More archived home pages here ]

Summer Wind

The Labor Day holiday signals the approaching end of Summer, I now warmup to more frequent publishing of content here. The title of this page inspired by the lyrics of this great Frank Sinatra song, Summer Wind. For the past two months it's been a time to reflect and prepare for the next phase of life.

For the most part I tried to be true to my vacation from publishing that started last July 3rd. I did publish some new Desktop Backgrounds and updated a couple other pages here. The break was very refreshing and it gave me a chance to see some things in a new light.

I started my term as President of my Toastmasters club on July 1st. So far the club is moving along fine and learning new ways to be leaders and communicators. We have five or six new members added to our roster since July 1st and we are up to 35 or 36 members now. My theme is leadership during my term and already Competent Leader awards have been achieved by two members and two more are in progress. We can easily reach the President Distinguished Club award this year as a repeat performance. All our members help to make the great team that we are.

Very sad news arrived on July 17th. Sherry's elderly mother passed away suddenly at home. She was 78 and in poor health for the past year or so. Now Sherry and I are both without parents and grandparents.

Towards the end of July, our daughter and her mother-in-law came to celebrate Sherry's 50th birthday. We had a wonderful time at the beach, shopping, San Diego Wild Animal Park, and the Del Mar Race Track. Such visits go by too fast and end too quickly.

I was online all-day with my good friend, Gene Weed, during Hurricane Charley in August as Gene radio broadcast on the Internet from Zepherhills, FL. He kept people informed from all over the country as the winds lashed his dwelling north of Tampa Bay. Because of his efforts, I'm now looking into Internet broadcasting my own show too. Stay tuned for news on that in the near future.

This summer's visitors to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad have been very excited about the work the Staff and we Docents are doing there. Our one year anniversary of opening the park occurred on August 16, 2004 and it is a huge success. In about a week, I give my first, "Leo Carrillo" presentation at a senior center in Carlsbad to about 100 women. That's my first time as the new volunteer, "Park Ambassador" for the ranch. I do another outside presentation in October for a another senior center near San Diego proper. These are great opportunities to practice my storytelling skills as I continue to find ways to become a professional storyteller.

I have been licensing a few of my art images for book covers. I have contributed art and music that may find their way into some upcoming PBS presentations. That's very exciting news!

Two of my friends have written books and they strongly encourage me to write my own book using my art, pictures and life experiences as content. I'm giving serious consideration to an expanded disclosure of such and will likely decide in the next couple months on that path.

This past Labor Day weekend, Sherry and I stayed at the Embassy Suites (shown below) right next to San Diego Bay for two nights. Our room faced the bay right from the front of the hotel. We used the San Diego Trolley system to get around downtown, that was easy and cool! Sometimes we used bike peddlers to transport us around behind their bikes.

We visited Seaport Village and the USS Midway during the day (shown below). It was my first time on any aircraft carrier. Some of the ship's areas reminded me of my Navy service days back in 1970-71.

We attended the Padres ball-game at Petco Park in the evening (shown below). The Padres lost to the Colorado Rockies on that night. It was also the night that the Padres team retired the jersey of Tony Gwynn in a special field ceremony.

It was a great way to cap off a summer when we spent more time together and recoup from the loss of Sherry's Mom. Next April we celebrate 32 years of marriage. What new challenges await us we know not. We do have many options to choose from and the freedom and will to exercise them.

Thank you all who continue to visit this site. Expect more content to be available soon.

Don


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