Saturday, April 25, 2009

19-25 April 09 California

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On Sunday, 19 April, Dinesh and Ratna Dhungel took me for lunch at a wonderful Chinese buffet out by Hilltop Mall। The food was very good, and the company was so welcome। We hadn't seen each other for such a long time। So nice। (Forgot again to take pictures।) Later, I went to John Cornell's house for our non-profit board meeting, connecting Gopal by Skype. The meeting went well; everyone attended. (Again, no pictures.)

On Monday, our friend Mike Huhman came over to visit. Mike was a good friend of my son. This picture isn't good of Mike, but I wanted to feature him here. As he was approaching Suzie's house, his truck died. So, after a nice day of visiting and some dinner, the tow truck came to take Mike and his car home. (Did get a picture of that!)

On Wednesday, my cousin Margeurite from Rochester, New York, came to my brother Todd's where we all met. Margeurite brought her niece Dawn, and they came to see Margeurite's daughter Michelle who lives in Felton near San Jose. I had only seen Margeurite once years ago since we were kids. We were born within 3 months of each other during World World II while my father was in the Navy. My mother came to stay with her sister, Margeurite's mother. I had not met Michelle or Dawn, whom I enjoyed very much.



Michelle, Carolyn, Todd, Margeurite

Sharon, Michelle, Todd, Margeurite, Carolyn, Dawn

We had lunch at The Ramp on the water and within walking distance of Todd's loft.






On Wednesday evening, we realized that Suzie and Ramon would be leaving a day earlier for their little vacation without Dexter than we had realized. They would leave on Sunday morning, and I was scheduled to be with my sister in Sacramento. So, Joan took Friday off, and I went up on Thursday evening to stay until Saturday afternoon. We really wanted more time together, because when I was there last I was so exhausted, and my infected toe was really a problem. We were hoping to do more walking, etc.



Thursday evening, Joan, Scott and I went to dinner at Joan's favorite restaurant, Tower Cafe. What a gorgeous place! And the food was great, (Forgot to take pictures. What a disaster!)



Here's Joan waiting for me, with two desk chairs set up in front of her computer, where she played a new video by Playing for Change.com. Fantastic!







That evening, it occurred to me that Joan and Scott could provide a good home for Vlad, Suzie and Ramon's cat. Dexter is highly allergic to cats, and they need to find a home for him. Suzie has had Vlad since he was a kitten, eleven years. Very difficult. We had asked Todd if he could take Vlad, but they have no yard, and Vlad is used to being outside. Joan and Scott have another cat and a nice yard. They were actually really receptive about having Vlad, so I called and left a voicemail for Suzie, and Scott on his own e-mailed Suzie Friday, making the proposal. She liked the idea and was thinking about it.




On Friday, Joan and I decided to go see Disney's 'Earth' at the 10:55am matinee. It was lovely, made from Planet Earth film, some of which hadn't been used in Planet Earth. But, I have to admit, these films now leave me depressed. Sort of like watching your lover die. I wept.
Here's Joan's wonderful little Prius.



Joan holding a place for me in the food line at the movie theater. (Talked myself out of getting popcorn.)



THEN, we went back to the Tower Cafe for lunch! This time I got pictures. This one is of the tower that the Tower Cafe, Tower Records, and tower everything were named after. The famous Tower Records that I knew from Berkeley apparently came from this Tower Records.



Tower Cafe









Joan












After lunch we walked to Old Sacramento. This is the Sacramento River, where river boats used to run.


Old train and train house on the river.



This one's for Dexter.




Later, when Joan, Scott and I were en route to dinner, Suzie called to say that Dexter was having such a bad asthma attack, nothing was working at home so they were on their way to the Emergency Room at Children's Hospital.




By the time we went to bed, we decided we would contact Suzie first thing in the morning, make sure it's OK to take Vlad to Sacramento, then take a drive out to Consumnes River Preserve for a nature walk, then all drive down to Oakland to get Vlad. (I would stay in Oakland, of course.)








Joan and I at Consumnes River Preserve Saturday morning (after Suzie had called to say "Come get Vlad.")



Carolyn and Joan



Joan and Scott (and waaaay down the walk, there's a blue heron)



Scott, Joan, Carolyn


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After our walk at the preserve, we packed up and drove down to Suzie and Ramon's, where Ramon was letting the puppy out before returning to the hospital. We packed up Vlad, and Joan and Scott drove off with him in Joan's red Prius. Vlad was making a lot of noise.
Ramon had left too. The house was very quiet. I started downloading the photos for this post. They didn't get home until dinner time. They had not slept all night and were all exhausted. I couldn't help much. Here's a picture of Dexter getting his last breathing treatment of the day.

Sound asleep

And here's Vlad and Joan

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