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30th Wedding Anniversary
I took Barbara's old wedding ring, which she hasn't worn for 5 years because it's now too small, to a jeweler. The Jeweler expanded it one size. I told the jeweler not to phone me because Barb could be home and it might ruin the surprise. Of course, the idiot jeweler phoned me, but by good fortune, Barb was in the back yard. I gave Barb her ring on Thanksgiving because that holiday was when we were married. She was very happy and delighted and surprised. She missed being able to wear the ring. It fits perfectly.
Barbara's Wedding Ring
Thirty one years ago, I designed this ring so it has a diamond on the letter "A" representing my name and had a jeweler create it from scratch. I then gave it Barbara.
Gift from Barbara
Barbara gave me a beautiful set of noise-canceling headphones. She knows how extraneous noises bother me. I've never had a high-quality set of headphones. They even come with an adaptor so they can be used on airplanes.
Stock Market Roller Coaster
For these past two months, I'd been hoping the stock market would rally, but each time it starts to happen, problems in Europe erupt like a volcano, stifling any rally. A rally would have made me very comfortable going away for a little trip with Barb. Hopefully, the European Central Bank will come to its senses and guarantee they will purchase sovereign bonds. Then, we could have have a nice Santa Rally by Christmas. This stuff is very real to me because it is my income. If we have a good December Santa Rally, I can take Barb away on a nice anniversary trip. I remain hopeful. The alternative, really, is an economic collapse – a really bad one at that! (Also, I've had some very good job interviews this month at different cancer research centers. The interest has been picking up. The Right Wing Republican effort to wreck the economy so Obama can take the blame will fail.)
Echo Mountain in the Dark
Robin Hartzell, Roberto Villela, and I hiked Echo Mountain long after sunset last night. I'm sure our pupils were dilated to their maximum as we only had our Jedi senses to guide us and make sure none of us dropped off any of the numerous precipices that would make us look like over-ripe squashed tomatoes. At the top, all we could see was the thick mist from the impending rain and a few city lights peeking through the mist. We were lightly sprinkled as the wind chilled our bones.
When I sign up for different services, like Sears, for example, I sign up as Andy S. Serrano. If it's for Union oil, I sign up as Andy U. Serrano. This way, I am able to track who is selling my name. It's amazing how many companies go ahead and share it after swearing they don't.
Welcome Julie Back from Kilimanjaro Hike
Nancy Daleo and her dog, Elf., Lisa Teasely, Julie Mallette, Marie Rowson, Kristine Lee, Yvonne Saalman, Louis Guin, Olga Zimnyakova, Mabintou Diouare, Chris, Helen Danielson, and me, Andy Serrano.
Andy, Julie, and Robin
We warmed up on Grunt 1, climbed Goat, went down Bird Bath, up Paul's Peril, down Darwin's Dilemma, and finished on the Bee Rock Trail. Julie told us she hiked with one other person at Kilimanjaro and had 11 young Kenyans who carried all the supplies up the mountain. They started at 80 degrees and at the top it was 20 degrees. The meat was left to dry on trees with flies. She didn't eat any of it. On the last day, the cab driver drove 3 miles on the wrong side of the highway. The police stopped them. When the cop got out, the cab driver fled with Julie.
Behind the Scene Look
Photo of Andy from behind climbing up.
Burning Ice Queen
It will take a miracle to save this statuette.
Sculpture Mentor: Biliana Popova
In mid November, in Biliana Popova's workshop (she's my sculpting mentor), I carefully made this sculpture, but the humidity was so high, it never dried properly. This is how The Burning Ice Queen looked on her first day of life. After I took this photo, I repaired the cracks with vinegar and added hair. If the sculpture survives through the kiln, I'll be very surprised. I may have to do this one over again.
I've been going to my new Pilates class at 24Hour Fitness, the new gym I joined, and I find I'm really enjoying it and getting results. I had become very accustomed to the last instructor at the old gym. As usual, there are about 25 women in the class and at the most, one or two guys. Pilates really strengthens my core and flattens any muffin-tops hanging over the belt-line. About twenty years ago, I herniated two disks in my spine. The doctor recommended surgery, but I refused and began an abdominal muscle strengthening program of crunches, sit-ups, and much more. Within a few months, the doctor was amazed to find I could touch the floor with my palms and my knees unbent.
A Late Afternoon Monday Hike
Monday Afternoon View
I was pleasantly surprised at having such a good turnout for a late-afternoon, Monday, hike. Mabintou, Marie, Kristine, Sue, Emmy and I had our faces kissed by the very cool air in Griffith Park. Because there were mud puddles everywhere, we followed solid rock wherever we could, such as Bee Rock bypass, Goat, Mt. Hollywood, Telephone, Bell, Car Wash, and Cardiac. The city lights twinkled like some kind of fairy land after the rain has cleaned off the smog.
Anniversary Day Dinner
After our 30th anniversary dinner, we went to the top of Mt. Wilson and enjoyed this late evening view. If we are fortunate and the market smiles on us, maybe we can take a trip during the Christmas holidays. (Yes, I'd take my camera.)
New Jeans, New Belt, New Cat
I was keeping Barb company while she shopped. While waiting for her to try on some new clothes, I noticed the women's jeans looked like they might fit me. I tried them on and, I have to say, they fit me better than any men's jeans ever did. I even bought the matching belt. From now on, it's women's jeans for me. I sometimes get teased for wearing girl-shorts, now, I'll be teased for wearing women's jeans. I don't care. I'm comfortable. I'm holding my third cat, Melon.
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This January 2017 with Andy
Hiking Mt Wilson Andy & Julie climbed Mt. Wilson one early Wednesday morning. Julie is an official Amazon. She's ex-US Army sniper. One of her favorite guns is the M-16. She climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya, Africa. Don't piss her off. My Exercise Class Students My Saturday morning Arcadia Cardio Dance and Core Fitness class students were fantastic! It was so much fun hanging out and talking and laughing afterwards. Saturday Night at the Symphony One Saturday night, my new friend, Tammy, and I went to the Symphony in Long Beach. Among others, we heard Debussy, Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprent
This December 2016 with Andy
If you live in the Northern Los Angeles area, you are invited to take my exercise classes. Blast the Belly Fat (Arcadia Community Center) TONE YOUR CORE and TIGHTEN YOUR ABS! We will use Cardio Dance, Belly Dancing, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Salsa, and other ethnic dance styles to work those flabby core sections and get a great workout during one solid hour of cardio work! All dances are choreographed to concentrate on strengthening your core. Work off that holiday muffin-top. Move, gyrate, shimmy and you won't even know you are working-out. During the last quarter of each class, you will go down to the floor on your mat to work your core midsect
This November with Andy, 2016
Exercise with Andy Blast the Belly Fat (Arcadia Community Center) TONE YOUR CORE and TIGHTEN YOUR ABS! We will use Cardio Dance, Belly Dancing, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Salsa, and other ethnic dance styles to work those flabby core sections and get a great workout during one solid hour of cardio work! All dances are choreographed to concentrate on strengthening your core. Work off that holiday muffin-top. Move, gyrate, shimmy and you won't even know you are working-out. During the last quarter of each class, you will go down to the floor on your mat to work your core midsection even more! Bring electrolyte-water, yoga-mat, towel (You will sweat
This October 2016 with Andy
Hey Mickey! Katalina and Andy rehearse, "Hey Mickey" to teach our Zumba classes. THANK YOU KATALINA! Norma and Andy did "Hey Mickey" for her Zumba class. Teaching Aerobics Andy teaching 90 minute Aerobics class for 50 seniors at Langley Community Center in Monterey Park. This group has more stamina and endurance then most people in their thirties. One of Buddha’s Ideas As a child, I read every book in the school library probably because I didn't know how to socialize and I sucked at sports. The life of Buddha had an impact on me. (No. I am not a Budddhist. He merely had an impact. I don"t subscribe to belief systems.) Buddha taugh
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