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April 2013 - in New York City
Greg joined me for a week trip to NYC ro see as many shows as we could fit in. Here are some more details of this trip.
Mar 2013 - Kialua-Kona, Hawaii
Joel and Elaine invited me to to join them and their family for a week in Hawaii. I arrived a week early, Joel and Elaine came 2 days later and the rest a week later. Click here to see what we were up to!
Jan 2013 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
David and Renato invited me to spend a week with them in Puerto Vallarta, MX. Click here to read more about it and see some of the pictures we took
Oct 2012 - Joel, Elaine and I are off again: the Yoder Convention in Hickory, NC.
After flying to Charlotte, North Carolina, we drove east to the Outer Banks then south along the coast of the US into South Carolina and Georgia. Read more about this trip here.
Sept 14, 2012 - Roberta turns 99!
Joel, Elaine and I went on a safari
Our itinerary includes South Africa, Zimbabwe,
Zambia and Botswana. Click here to read and see our
adventures along the way.
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On September 8, brother Terry and I flew to Oregon to celebrate our Mother's 98th birthday.
Click here to see pictures taken during this week's celebration.
August 2011: I drove to Oregon for a visit
Click here to read about some of the things I did.
June 2011: My brother Joel and his wife Elaine take their family on a cruise to Alaska.
Click here to read Joel's travel report.
May 2011: Randy arrives to nurse me through my cataract surgeries. Plus a visit from brother Richard, niece Beth and grandniece Hadley. Bob came up for the Memorial Day Weekend.
In May, Randy drove up from Redlands to stay with me for the month. Later on, my brother Richard and family members flew down from Portland. We had a busy and fun weekend. Bob flew up to celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend with us.
Click here to see photos from these visits.
March/April 2011: 2 Weeks in on the East Coast
On March 25, Jon and I flew to JFK. Charles met us at the airport. We travelled to attend the memorial services for Charles and Henry's mother Jean who passed away in January. Stafford arrived about a week later to get his NYC fix.
Click here to read more about this trip.
February/March 2011: 3 Weeks in Oregon
I drove up to Oregon for Kate and Jamie's wedding (see next subject, below). While there, I spent a week at Road's end. Click here to see pictures of my trip.
February 20, 2011: Kate and Jamie get married!
On February 15, 2011, I drove to Oregon. The main purpose was to attend my niece Kate's wedding, at Mt. Hood on Sunday, February 20, 2011. Click here to see photos and some videos of the celebration.
Europe: September/October 2010
On September 9, 2010, I began a trip to Europe, starting in London. Click here to read about it.
San Benito, TX: August, 2010
I flew to Harlingen, TX (via Houston) on August 12, 2010, to spend a little time with cousin Roger.
Read more details and see photos of this Texas Trip by clicking here.
I drove to Redlands, CA on July 1st to spend the holiday with friends Randy and Bob.
Read more details and see photos of July happenings by clicking here.
Celia Anne Kersens!
Click here to see pictures of my new little grand-niece, born to Beth and Ben Kersens, May 12, 2010.
On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, I flew to Boston. Click here to see pictures and details of this great trip.
Oregon: January 1, 2010.
I flew to Oregon to spend 2 weeks with my family.
When I arrived, I met up with Roger and we immediately drove out to Seaside to spend the week end with Joel, Elaine, Rick and Levonne.
Asia: October and November 2009
On October 1, 2009, I began a 7 week trip to the Far East. Click here to see details. (My brother Joel, his wife Elaine and other friends and relatives were also in Asia. You can click here to read details of their trip to China.
Boston - NYC - Washington D.C.
At the end of May, I flew back East with Joel and Elaine to tour some big cities back there ... via plane, train and car. Click here to see details.
Roberta's 95th birthday!
Click here to see photos taken at Roberta's 95th birthday which took place at Smyrna UCC, Yoder, Oregon on September 14, 2008.
Australia and New Zealand
In February and March, 2008, I join a group of family and friends on a trip to Australia and New Zealand. You can read about what we saw and see photos by clicking here. (This page loads slowly because there are a lot of thumbnails.)
Remodeling on Blair Avenue:
On September 17, 2007, work began on my living room. The major goals are: double paned windows to replace the single paned ones, new gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. After putting the project out for bid, I selected the company which did my last job (deck/sun room). Click here to see the rapid progress.
Turkey, Germany and The Netherlands:
Hillary (Case) Ake
On January 20, 2007, my sister Barbara, brother Jim and Cousins Nancy and Diane and I flew to Reno, Nevada. We joined other family and friends in a celebration of the life of my cousin Hillary (Case) Ake. For more information and pictures, please click here.
In Korea - Sept 28 - Oct 12, 2006!
Click here to read about my trip and see some pictures I took.
Bay Bombers at Kezar Pavillion!
On July 29, 2006, Jon and I were part of a group which went to Kezar Pavillion in SF to see the Bay Bombers play against the Los Angeles T-Birds. It was a lot of fun. The home team was way behind but in the last 44 seconds, miraculously pulled ahead. Scoring is very complicated (IMHO) and it wasn't until half-time I learned the players with an "X" painted on their helmets and they are the ones who score the points. Oh well. Click on this thumbnail to enlarge:
Here are a couple of "movies" of the Roller Derby:
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Hadley Rose Kersens!
Click here to see pictures of my new little grand-niece, born to Beth and Ben Kersens, June 7, 2006.
Asia Cruise - Sep, Oct, Nov 2005
I'm currently on a cruise. We departed from Seattle and stop in Alaska, Russia, Korea before ending in Osaka, Japan. Some of us including me will stay in Asia for many weeks. Click here to find out more about this trip.
Oregon - July/August 2005:
I drove up to Oregon at the end of July for family reunions. At the beginning of May, I joined my brother and cousin for a car trip from Portland to New Mexico. Click here to see pictures and read about it.
Tom's new car - July 2005:
When I talked to Randy on the phone, I
couldn't bring myself to tell him about my new car. It is so totally unlike
me. But I've been thinking about it for some time. I bought a 2003 Lexus
SC430. Jon took me to the dealer where I'd looked at it the day before. I
was able to negotiate a little and drive it off the lot the same day.
New Mexico - May 2005:
At the beginning of May, I joined my brother and cousin for a car trip from Portland to New Mexico. Click here to see pictures and read about it.
Mexico - March 2005:
Four days after I got back from Costa Rica, I left for Mexico: Ixtapa (1 week) and Puerto Vallarta (1 week). Click here to see pictures and read about it.
Costa Rica - February 2005:
I joined friends Randy, Bob and Ruben on an excursion to Costa Rica. We stayed a little over a week at the resort area of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Ocean. Click here to see some of the things we did.
Hawaii - January 2005:
I'm off to Honolulu for some fun in the sun. I arrived 12/30/04 in time to join friends for a cruise around the Islands. Click here to learn a little more about this trip.
Oregon: Ashland and home
On Labor Day, TomO, Ron, Carl and I drove up to Ashland to see 4 plays: Comedy of Errors, Oedipus Complex, The Royal Family and Raisin in the Sun. All were in the Angus Bomer Theater. I liked Comedy of Errors and Raisin in the Sun the best.
Ron and TomO returned to the Bay Area and Carl and I drove up home for the remainder of the next 2 weeks. We celebrated Mother's 91st birthday on September 17 and 18th. Click here to see some pictures.
Back from 6 weeks in Europe:
I'm in Europe: Germany, France, Luxembourg, Italy ... leading up to a Mediterranean cruise to Turkey, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Spain and England. Click here to see some of the pictures we took.
A month-long car trip:
From April 25 to May 24, 2004, TomO, Carl and I drove 8,500 miles, across 16 states. Click here to read about it and see some of the pictures we took.
Kurtich - 1935 - 2004:
Click here to see the full
page tribute to John in the school newspaper.
My new deck is complete. The final inspection was Thursday, April 8th. It came in on budget and on schedule. I really liked my contractor, his crew and and sub-contractors. My contractor was Brian Kenny of Euro-Tech Construction (now S.F. BAY CONSTRUCTION at www.sfbayconstruction.com) of San Francisco. My designer was Steven Randel of California Home Plans, Inc., San Francisco/Palm Springs. Click here to see pictures during construction and at completion. I have a landscaping and painting project ahead of me.
Cousin Mark comes to visit:
Mark drove down on Friday evening, March 19th, the start of his Spring vacation. I was not a very good host, but Mark is very independent and took care of himself!
2nd story deck project has begun (March 2004)
While I was in Oregon, the old cement in front of my garage was removed and replaced with an concrete area twice as wide. Forms are being build for the foundation to a 2nd story deck that will be built to the left of my garage
Winter 2003/2004 - "Back to School"
I'm in the middle of the Winter 2004 session at The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, at the University of San Francisco campus. I'm taking these classes (along with Tom O and Carl):
You can learn more about the Institute at www.usfca.edu/fromm. There is a major fund raising drive to remodel an existing building to house the new "Fromm Hal"l.
January 2003 in Tucson:
I flew to Tucson on January 12th. I met up with my brother Joel, his wife Elaine, my cousin Levonne, her her husband Rick and my nephew Philip's wife Barbara. These pictures show you some of the things we did:
This year I spent Christmas at friends in Southern California. Jon and Charlie drove me down to Oceanside. We stopped for lunch with Jon's sisters Irene and Jane in the Orange County area. We arrived at Greg's at 5 pm and spent the rest of the evening talking and eating. The next morning I drove Jon and Charlie to San Diego to board their cruise on the Mexican Riviera.
Greg's major remodel project is nearly complete. The tile floor went in last week and flows from the living room out onto the patio.
Randy and Bob hosted us for Christmas Eve dinner. Renato and David came over too. Oh, by the way, it rains in Southern California!
These photos are from my Christmas trip to southern California.
Carl stopped by Rossmoor and picked up Jim. On our way to Jon and Charlie's, we dropped by Steve and Tim's to wish them a happy holiday. They were putting the finishing touches on their turkey feast.
Jim F. and Dan G were already at J & C's when we got there. Jon and Charlie served an incredible dinner: Turkey, mashed potatoes, 2 kinds of dressing, squash, green beans, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, creamed onions, creamed corn (my favorite!). Pumpkin/peach pie for dessert.
Joel sent some pictures from Thanksgiving 2003 in Oregon:
Terry's Thanksgiving in Palm Springs!
Howard Clausen 1913 - 2003
Off to Vienna:
Click here to read about my trip to Vienna and see some travel "Postcards"
My Mother's 90th Birthday Party:
The weekend of 9/13/03, I'm back in Oregon to help celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. I drove up in 9 hours on Tuesday. My main project was to get photos ready to mount on 7 pieces of foam board. My sister-in-law Elaine was a great help ... she knows how to lay them out to make them look interesting. We took snapshots which we either mounted directly or I scanned and enlarged.
The party was Saturday at Smyrna's social hall. Many people came ... Terry and my grade school classmate Linda whom we hadn't seen since 1962! ... aunts, cousins, friends ... it was a wonderful, sunny day. Click on Birthday Pictures to see some photos of the celebration.
Labor Day in Redlands, CA:
I'm spending the Labor Day week and weekend at Randy and Bob's in Southern California. Click on the pool to see some pictures from the pool party:
Niece Beth gets Married:
Niece Beth and Ben got married. Come and see pictures of the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.
Sailing on the ALMA:
On August 8th, Carl invited Joel, Elaine and me to join him and TomO on a sailing trip across the Bay. The Sailing Ship Alma was temporarily docked in Martinez. It had been part of a camp experience for children and was being returned to its berth at Hyde Pier near Fisherman's Wharf.
Click on the picture to the left to see some more pictures. More pictures from the Alma that TomO took. Click on: to see more pictures aboard the antique bay sail boat.
Steve celebrated an auspicious birthday on Saturday, August 9, 2003. Crowds from all over the Bay Area attended. Click on the picture to the right to see pictures. It was a catered affair in the Steve and Tim's backyard. The temperature was in the mid-80's but everyone remained cool in the shade. Friend Don D flew down from Seattle and Don B drove up from Gilroy. Guests celebrated late into the night.
Christina and Christoph:
Christina and Christoph drove in from Santa Cruz on Friday, August, 1, 203. They live near Stuttgart, Germany. Just after they arrived, I took off for the Oakland Airport to pick up Niece Kate and her friend Sarah who came down for a short visit.
On Saturday, we took the Blue and Gold Ferry to Alcatraz to tour the old prison there. Click on the snapshot at the right to see more pictures.
Visit from N. Carolina Friends:
At the end of July, I'm hosting friends and family. On July 31, 2003, Jim and Dean arrived from North Carolina. Jon, Charlie and I took them to a German restaurant in Alameda called "Speisekammer" (spice room).
On July 20, 2003 Tom O. and I drove to Oceanside Calif. We really enjoyed staying at Greg's beach home! Here are two "postcards" that give you an idea of what he's done to it!
You can see other California Costal images at http://www.californiacoastline.org/
After 16 yrs, I got a new car:
The day I was in Oregon, Joel, Elaine and I went to see the caterer for Mother's September birthday. This was in Milwaukee ... just beyond a lot of dealerships lining Hwy 99-E. We'd both heard good reports on the new Toyota vans and wanted to see them. We were able to see one and get a brochure. They would even sell the van at sticker-price (other dealers are adding a markup!)
When I came back I went to Berkeley Toyota. The salesman was reluctant to leave the floor. When I said I wasted to see a "Limited", he said they didn't have any ... "Buh-bye"
Then I went to Oakland Toyota. A very young sale man took me up to the parking lot roof where we looked at a Limited. It wasn't the color I wanted (it was beige/beige), but I liked this color. The problem was it came with a GPS navigation system and a DVD entertainment system. I was emphatic about hot wanting this. Back in his office, I was told the Limited is essentially not available without Navigation/DVD.
In the meantime I used the Internet to ask from special dealer relationships through Costco Auto (Dublin Toyota) and AutoBuyTel (Walnut Creek Toyota). I talked to Dublin Toyota and they said they could order one for me and it could take up to a year to get one.
When I was talking to Walnut Creek Toyota, I found out they had exactly what I was looking for and at a price below sticker price. Jon and rushed over there and I bought it!
(PS ... I did end up getting the NAV/DVD package ... love those gadgets!)
Here are some pictures from this visit:
I flew up to Oregon on Tuesday, July 1st to spend the Fourth with my family. Joel and Elaine picked me up at the airport. We stopped at Costco on the way home to add to picnic supplies.
Lots of projects at Mother's to get the garden, lawns, etc. ready for Beth's August Wedding. I cleaned out the pool house and pump room. The pool underwent a big repair from last winter. Some of the cement was removed for access and that was replace and matched to the existing concrete. New sidewalk and steps to the front door were poured.
I put up the 6 brightly colored Bali flags. The red one has faded, but the others look pretty good. This is their 3 year for flying.
On Thursday, Joel and Elaine installed 2 solar-tubes in their family room and adjoining kitchen. The amount of light that these bring in is unbelievable. In the afternoon we drove to Lake Oswego and boarded the Willamette Shore Trolley for a 7 mile ride from Lake Oswego to Portland (7 miles). We went through a tunnel and across a 1,000 foot bridge (a little scary)
On Sunday, January 9th, we had a Yoder family work session
to scan many photos and documents and organize them with the genealogy.
Mother is in the foreground. Richard, Jim and Joel and I were there.
Click here to see stuff prior to July 2003.
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