Our year began with our daughter Valerie contracting meningitis, but thankfully she recovered in time for a trip to FL in March,
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,
we took time out to celebrate Sharon’s birthday, and
my political activities continued nonstop including covering for a paper the teacher’s strike in Strongsville, and
a parade in Avon,
a demonstration on Cleveland’s Public Square,
and a big AU event,
and for a change of pace with me competing in ballroom dancing in Michigan,
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
while back home our master bath was being updated,
(that project ended in June!), meanwhile improving our 1960 Mini and taking first at both Ursuline and Shaker shows,
and we took some time out to socialize, celebrating my birthday May 11,
and Valerie’s in Columbus,
and a retirement party,
which inspired Sharon to have some former colleagues over,
we also went to Pier W,
a young political associate visited,
as well as enjoying some local shows, and ballgames,
studying Russian with my great teacher Daniil (at coffee houses),
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 –
and then the next weekend it was off to Columbus to visit and shop, and…
back home, I stopped at JonesDay – where I used to work -and,
keeping on nostalgia, I attended a reunion at the end of September at Case Tech,
then that Sunday Sept 29 was a BIG day in local sports, with the Browns beating Cinci, and the Indians clinching a wild card,
– for which we had tickets –
we went to the game,
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
A tourist visit
(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
then since she qualified or the National championships at the Kentucky Horse Park we went there in early November,
where they did well, and the back to Columbus for a wedding of a friend’s daughter,
(on the same Saturday as Valerie’s national competition), and then back home where we attended a wake for a friend,
in the meantime, the ballroom where we took lessons closed,
in the meantime, Sharon sang with True North Chorale in the Sing for the Cure,
and of course Thanksgiving,
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 ),
and a few days later xmas with family and friends,
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)
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.
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.
Back home, I studied Russian for 20 minutes, and rode the bike for 25.