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Check out Steve's NEW photo gallery. Updated 12/15/2012
UPDATE: Check out Steve's NEW photo gallery. Updated 12/15/2012
Happy New Year 2013!
Due to popular demand, I finally got off my butt and updated this website.
The latest news is that Darlene just "celebrated" a major birthday in the beginning of December (I'm not telling, but it starts with a "5" and it's divisible by 10) and she didn't seem to want a lot of fanfare. She also recently surprised us with her pusuit of a doctorate degree in psychology which is now making her very scarce around the house. I just had two of my wisdom teeth removed just in time for those big holiday meals. And after 7 years of living with automotive disappointment (aka Acura RL), I finally bought a new car. My new Audi A6 (supercharged 3.0 Quattro) has half the features but twice the enjoyment of my last one. And the superb handling literally saved my life last week in the canyon during my evening commute in the rain. Adam just had his braces removed a few weeks ago and is looking great.
We had a short summer, at least school-wise, and took advantage of it as best we could. We started the summer with our yearly camping trip to Kings Canyon National Park (this time taking my nephew Ryan with us) and ended it with nine days in Ka'anapali Beach, Maui at the usual Hyatt Regency Resort. Unlike last year's exciting Hawaii vacation in Kaua'i, Maui and Lana'i, this year was just about relaxing. Unfortunately, the kids were a little bored. As usual, we spent Thanksgiving in Palm Springs with my parents, my nephew Ryan, and Darlene's best friend and her family.
Adam had his 16th birthday in July and spent most of the summer in summer school (including driver's education) and a few weeks teaching robotics. He's in 10th grade and still has an hour commute each way in a taxi each day. He's the editor and principal photographer for his high school yearbook and is very well respected at his school by teachers and students alike. He loves electronics and has invented several electronic devices and even designed electrical circuits. As of right now, he wants to become an engineer like his dad. 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.
Princess Julia turned 10 years old in August and is in 5th grade. 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.
Darlene is pursuing her doctorate in psychology and is enmeshed in her private therapy practice specializing in eating disorders and family counseling. She is now operating under the new business name of Safe Harbor Programs (she rejected my suggestion of "Bambi's Escorts") and moved her practice to a new location in Woodland Hills. Please check out her new website.
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!. When I'm not working, I'm commuting almost three hours per day, caring for the kids, or trying to maintain several websites. My own passions include my long-time hobbies of photography, wine, and maintaining a challenging house. (Check out this new panorama of our back yard using my iPhone.)
Even More Family: My parents are still doing well in spite of their numerous aches and pains (with a little forgetfulness thrown in for good measure). They celebrated their 61st anniversary in February, my dad celebrated his 85th birthday in May and my mom just turned (sounds like an odometer!) 81 in September.
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. Five cats roaming the house, plus numbers six and seven at the back door. The latest is Ex-LAX (affectionately known as "Lexie"), a beautiful purebread female that was living in a parking lot at LAX. Ironically, she is the only cat to sit on our laps every night after dinner. 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). 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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Poems (Sometimes Funny but Always True)
The "Year in Review" Newsletters
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)
Our family with Steve's parents (1/11)
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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