The last Tuesday of the year 2013 …

Mini was a big part of the year...
Mini was a big part of the year…

Our year began with our daughter Valerie contracting  meningitis, but thankfully she recovered in time for a trip to FL in March,

at dinner in palm beach
at dinner in palm beach: Valerie’s husband Bill, Valerie, Sharon, and I
worth ave
worth ave – Where we shopped at Tiffany’s 

which was great, although we missed Allen and his wife Sarah, as they had to attend a company event, and, meanwhile, back home, always working on Mini,

mini's gearbox
mini’s gearbox

we took time out to celebrate Sharon’s birthday, and

wine
wine

my political activities continued nonstop including covering for a paper the teacher’s strike in Strongsville, and

on strike!
on strike!

a parade in Avon,

with Matt Lundy - duct tape parade
with Matt Lundy – duct tape parade

a demonstration on Cleveland’s Public Square,

keep social security strong!
keep social security strong!

and a big AU event,

A panel discussion at CWRU on C/S issues
A panel discussion at CWRU on C/S issues

and for a change of pace with me competing in ballroom dancing in Michigan,

with my teacher Аня after  rhythm dances
with my teacher Аня after rhythm dances

and after that, Sharon and I went to Columbus for a weekend and then to Chicago to see the town, and the Stephanie Miller show

At the Chicago Institute of Art
At the Chicago Institute of Art
at the girl and the goat
at the girl and the goat
Al Jorgensen of Ministry
Al Jorgensen of Ministry – at UNO
what a duo!
what a duo!
quite a pair
quite a pair
with Stephanie
with Stephanie
scene
scene
Friends from a CFI cruise
Friends from a CFI cruise
breakfast at the hotel
breakfast at the hotel
friends
friends

while back home our master bath was being updated,

demo phase
demo phase
counter
counter and custom cabinets
shower
shower – all  is marble except counter top

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floor
floor

(that project ended in June!), meanwhile improving our 1960 Mini and taking first at both Ursuline and Shaker shows,

in the paint booth!
in the paint booth!
Ed Mayer, Mini and I at Shaker
Ed Mayer, Mini and I at Shaker
Allen with Mini at Lakewood Kar Kulture
Our son Allen with Mini at Lakewood Kar Kulture
Brad and Mini at Ursuline 2013
Brad and Mini at Ursuline 2013
First in class
First in class

and we took some time out to socialize, celebrating my birthday May 11,

Rene at SB81
Rene at SB81

and Valerie’s in Columbus,

4 June
4 June

and Allen’s

Strip!
Strip – a steakhouse in Avon

and a retirement party, 

retirees
retirees

which inspired Sharon to have some former colleagues over,

euchre  for seniors
euchre for seniors

we also went to Pier W,

At  Pier W with Bill, Valerie, and Sharon
At Pier W with Bill, Valerie, and Sharon
with my friend Michelle
with my friend Michelle

a young political associate visited,

Eva at our home this June
Eva at our home this June

as well as enjoying some local shows, and ballgames,

with the family at a tribe game
with the family at a tribe game

studying Russian with my great teacher Daniil (at coffee houses),

Daniil at Peet's
Daniil at Peet’s

and enjoying a cruise in Mini to Vermilion, where  Sharon grew up, where we first lived, and where I worked on Mini – it was a home tour –

Mini in Vermilion
Mini in Vermilion
Sharon lived here 54-60
Sharon lived in this house  54-60
View from a house in the Lagoons
View from a house in the Lagoons
Mini and I where we lived
Mini and I where we lived

and then the next weekend it was off to Columbus to visit and shop, and…

Tiffanny's at Easton, where Bill works
Tiffany & Co at Easton, where Bill works
a local trend setter
a local trend setter

back home, I stopped at JonesDay – where I used to work -and,

with Mellisa V
with Mellisa V

keeping on nostalgia, I attended a reunion at the end of September at Case Tech,

Physics
Physics
with Prof. Ryan
with math  Prof. Ryan (also Browns QB)

then that Sunday Sept 29 was a BIG day in local sports, with the Browns beating Cinci, and the Indians clinching a wild card,

at Champps
at Champps

– for which we had tickets –

tickets!
tickets!

we went to the game,

the view from our seats
the view from our seats

where great seats and a great atmosphere provided a grand experience (if not great results), and which led the next weekend  into our the fall travels around Valerie competing in the USDF Regional in St. Louis

Valerie and Jenn
Valerie and Jenn

A tourist visit

Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island

(which we followed by travelling  through Illinois, Wisconson, and Michigan – above),  followed by a trip to Columbus to visit Valerie and her friends and husband

Valerie and her horse people
Valerie and her horse people
Valelerie and Bill's house in Columbus
Valerie and Bill’s house in Columbus

then since she qualified or the National championships at the Kentucky Horse Park we went there in early November,

Another Big Ribbon
Another Big Ribbon

where they did well, and the back to Columbus for a wedding of a friend’s daughter,

Simonton family wedding
Simonton family wedding
with my friend Jeanne - MOTB
with my friend Jeanne – MOTB

(on the same Saturday as Valerie’s national competition), and then back home where we attended a wake for a friend,

at Bill's wake
at Bill’s wake

in the meantime, the ballroom where we took lessons closed,

sign off
sign off

I continued with politics and senior voice,

spoke at Cleveland Hts center for Senior Voice
spoke at Cleveland Hts center for Senior Voice
fund raiser for David Pepper at Jane and rick Buder's
fund raiser for David Pepper at Jane and Rick Buder’s

and Avon Lake Dems, and we

young dems
young dems

did some fall color cruises in the metroparks,

Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River
Rocky River

and concerts at Severance Hall,

Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall
Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall

in the meantime, Sharon sang with True North Chorale in the Sing for the Cure,

at the college
at the college

and of course Thanksgiving,

at the table
at the table

which is a gateway into the holiday season, which started on the 22nd with our fortieth anniversary party , where Sharon wore both her corsage, and her new diamond earrings (Tiffany’s ),

steamer bar
steamer bar
Sharon with a dance instructor
Sharon with a dance instructor
Allen and Dave
Allen and Dave
Sarah, Valerie, and Sarah
Sarah, Valerie, and Sarah

and a few days later xmas with family and friends,

The Table
The Table
The Tree
The Tree

and the a great NYE.

(N.B.: as the second – and final – sentence in this blog post, these activities were around 2 or 3 dance lessons per week, three gym work outs, and about 8-10 monthly meetings: more can be found by following it, and http://www.our1960mini.com)

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Tuesday 22 Oct 2013: A bit of this, and a bit of that…

In the AM, I went to Cleveland Hts. to give a presentation for Senior Voice.

Cleveland Hts Community Center
Cleveland Hts Community Center

After lunch, I had a hair appointment at Headquarters, with Kim.

Back home, I took our 1960 Mini out for a cruise, and stopped over to visit Ed Mayer.

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We had a dance lesson – Rumba – with the lovely Anya Kwan, at Avon Ballroom.

Then it was off to the monthly Avon Lake Dems meeting, where Rachael DeGolia spoke on the ACA.

Tuesday 8 October 2013: Blood, Politics, Ballroom, and Shopping

"Solo on the Dance floor" - at Avon Ballroom
“Solo on the Dance floor” – at Avon Ballroom

I went to a lab to get blood work done, and headed downtown for a Senior Voice meeting,

We had a good dance lesson with the most proficient Anya Kwan at Avon Ballroom, and then headed off to Crocker Park where we ate at Cheesecake Factory, and shopped at Clark’s and Eddie Bauer.

I rode my bike for 20 min at home.

August the 29th 2013:Eating, shopping, reading, giving,repairing, dancing, and riding.

ED's MGA project, as he first saw it
ED’s MGA project, as he first saw it

I made calls and organized for senior voice.

Sharon and I ate brunch at Perkins, and then shopped for food at Heinen’s and Pickerings farm market.

A book that I had ordered from Amazon on the geometry of special relativity arrived, and I read in it on the deck.

Ed Mayer texted me to say he could work with me on Mini – the choke cable is not acting right.

He has been very helpful on Mini, and as he has just acquired an MGA project, I had ordered a book on MGA’s from Amazon: just as I was getting ready to leave for his house, it arrived via UPS.

I drove Mini over, opened the book in the car, and gave it to him – he likes it very much!

(One of my maxims is to take care of the people who take care of me…)

We fixed the choke cable problem – took it apart and repaired – and it seems to work well.

At Mayer's
At Mayer’s

Sharon and I had a dance lesson with Anya Kwan at Avon Ballroom – waltz, tango, and cha-cha.

We cooked out and home, I watched games, and rode my exer cycle for 30 minutes.

15 August 2013: No mid month crisis here!

View from our table at Vento
View from our table at Vento

At Noon, I had a luncheon meeting with a group planning our 50th reunion (Case Tech 1964).

Then I rode back west, where I had a Russian language session with my tutor.

In the early evening, we had a dance lesson with the lovely Anya Kwan at the spacious Avon Ballroom – waltz.

We ate dinner at Vento La Trattoria near Huntington Park in Bay Village, where a very attractive young women served us an excellent meal.  http://www.ventotrattoria.com/

Back home, Ed Mayer came over, and we made progress on Mini, addressing several small issues.

I rode my exercycle for 30 minutes, and we enjoyed watching John Oliver’s last show as host of the Daily Show.