Sunday 26 July 2015: Euro car show!

italian, and proud of it!
italian, and proud of it!
Mini's
Mini’s – Chuck Linick’s and ours.

I arose early, and took care of a few details: vacuming; windows; and documentation, then left for the 4th Annual Cleveland Euro Car Cruise-In, in Olmsted Falls.

The were many cars here, including British, Italian, and German.

I shared the event with Chuck Linick.  It was at a German Club, and we ate inside.

Trans - Pantera
Trans – Pantera
ground clearence?
ground clearance?
entry level Audi
entry level Audi
non European
non European
American muscle in English chassis
American muscle in English chassis
a 1963 type I VolksWagen
a 1963 type I VolksWagen
I let people sit in the Mini!
I let people sit in the Mini!

Prizes are raffled off: I won a few small ones:

Raffle Center
Raffle Center

This event benefits vets.

Back home, we had pizza brought in, and then rode our bikes for 19 minutes, before watching Poldar, so Sharon can keep up on history!

Tuesday 7 Oct 2014: MINI takes the scenic route, and all that Jazz

our hotel
our hotel in Lake Placid
Rhoda
Rhoda

Cruised in our 2015 MINI Cooper S  (Rhoda) from Cobleskill  (where we stayed in the Best (Western)),to Lake Placid in NY through beautiful country!

Service with a smile from the lovely Shannon in the dinning room at BW
Service with a smile from the lovely Shannon in the dinning room at BW
scenic
scenic
scenic
scenic trip
our ride
our views
and more
and more
!
!

We arrived at the White Face Lodge (Home of the Politically Correct Names), to our suite:

back entrance to our suite
back entrance to our suite
living area with fireplace
living area with fireplace
dinning/kitchen
dinning/kitchen

It is a 1 1/2 bath suite

in the master bath
in the master bath
shower in master
shower in master
for vain peoples
for vain peoples

We ate in the main restaurant

my kind of decor
my kind of decor
at dinner
at dinner

And, after all of this scenery and luxury, to cap it all, there was the…

JAZZ in the restaurant…

IFD!
IFD!

 

 

 

 

 

x

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)

Thursday 14 Nov 2013: Topless delights, and a drug buy.

hood down at the promenade, 14 Nov 2013
hood down at the promenade, 14 Nov 2013

After organizing and planning, I had a lunch mtg working on our 50th class reunion from Case Tech.

As it was 283K, I put the hood down on our 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible, and enjoyed the freshness of fall here.

looking south on Cherry Lane, Fall 2013
looking south on Cherry Lane, Fall 2013

I stopped at the Promenade/Crocker Park, where I had coffee at Barnes&Noble, visited the Apple store, and shopped O Max.

On the way home, I picked up a prescription at a local CVS.

Sharon and I had dinner at Parkers in Avon Lake, I studied, and rode my bike for 30 min.

31 July 2013: Cleaning and cruising.

I trained at the gym – legs and shoulders, and then went home, where I waited for the cable guys while I washed, cleaned, and waxed Mini.
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I was hoping to get it ready for our locobrits (Lorain County British Car Club) meeting, but the sky was darkening, and I ran into a problem with the door handle.

Ed Mayer graciously came over, and rescued me on the latter, and the skys cleared.

I made some calls for Senior Voice, and then off to the meeting, at Bullfrogs, in North Ridgeville.

Many members appreciated our efforts.

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Back home, I studied Russian.

BTW, the cable guys NEVER showed up!

.

30 July 2013: Dialing, dancing, dining, and cruising

I made calls for Senior Voice.

Sharon had lunch with an old friend, I went to the Winner’s Circle to get some parts, had lunch at PJ McIntyres – where the bartender knew me from Fitness Edge, and then went to Superior Medical to get my PSA measured.

We had a dance lesson with Anya Kwan at Avon Ballroom – cha-cha, and rumba.

Our dance instructor Anya with her dogs...
Our dance instructor Anya with her dogs…

Then – since today is National Cheesecake day – we went to The Cheese Cake Factory – where I saw another man from Fitness Edge behind the bar.  http://locations.thecheesecakefactory.com/oh/westlake-93.html

Back home, Ed Mayer and I went for a little cruise to Huntington Park in Bay Village – he in his 74 Midget, me in our 1960 Mini.

1960 Austin 850
1960 Austin 850

I rode my bike for 30 minutes, and studied Russian.

Tuesday 23 July 2013: A busy, varied day!

I began the day with some (needed) organization, and then made some calls for Senior Voice.
Sharon and I ate at Ruby Tuesday’s, and then got haircuts from Kim Soto at Headquarters Salon.
We had a dance lesson with Anya Kwan at Avon Ballroom, and then rushed over to the Avon Lake Democrats Annual Summer Picnic, where keynote speaker David Pepper – our next attorney general – gave a great talk.

The crowd at the Lake House.
The crowd at the Lake House.
David Pepper addressing the audience.
David Pepper addressing the audience.

Back home, I studied Russian for  20 minutes, and rode the bike for 25.

Tuesday 2 July 2013: a rally for Social Security

IMG_2851Progress on Americans United and Senior Voice.

Got a few things done on Mini, and then took the RTA train to public square, where we had a rally against chained CPI.

rally at the Tom Johnson statue.
rally at the Tom Johnson statue.
Ohio AFL-CIO
Ohio AFL-CIO

We ate at TGIF in Crocker, and shopped at Bed, Bath, and Behind.

I rode my Exercycle for 54 minutes.