Gettin’ ‘er done

The good news is I keep putting one foot in front of the other. I had great fun last week, going with a friend into San Francisco to the Mosaic Steps, which I’ve been wanting to do for years. Not only did we climb them (160 gorgeous steps up) but we then continued up even more steps (172) to the top of the hill, from which we could see all over San Francisco in every direction. And 20150909_123826then, of course, we came back down those 332 steps! Whew! After that we went to the beach. Normally San Francisco is overcast, but for the whole of the eleven years I’ve lived in California, I’ve very rarely seen it cloudy. And as usual, we had an amazingly sunny day, and in the eighties. So in addition to having a fantastic time with my wonder-friend, I also got a bit of a sunburn. That isn’t
a complaint; I didn’t mind at all.

20150909_145408Saturday night another friend took me out to a great new tapas place in downtown Pleasanton.  Wow! The food was great, the wine and cocktails were excellent, we had good service, wonderful conversation, and we bonded like frat brothers with the people beside us at the bar. A  good time was had by all.

Sunday was another fun day. My friend Sue – whom you should definitely recognize by now, even without pictures – took me to a wine party in Oakland. As always, we had a blast, enjoying wine and food and, as always, each other.

Even with all of this, the panic keeps creeping up on me. I’m actually quite proud of myself; in spite of the panic, I have kept on keeping on: packing stuff, making games, doing what needs to be done. When it gets to be too much, I watch a show or call a friend, and then after a while I get back at it. My gut has been bothering me since my birthday, not nearly as badly as it used to, but enough to be discouraging. And yesterday and today I had a few encounters with sudden and severe headaches. But still, the packing is getting done. The laundry and the dishes and the cleaning are getting done. The piles of boxes are growing, non-boxables are being labelled with my name, the shelves reserved for giveaway stuff are filling up. I’ve ordered enough supplements to keep me for three months, and what I won’t need until I get to Michigan has been shipped directly to Michigan. I’ve started the process of getting my massage therapist license for Michigan, and I’m in conversation with a potential boss for a job I’ve been wanting for two years. Considering that I was virtually paralyzed in June, I’d say I’m doing quite well, thank  you very much!

And don’t think I haven’t noticed that every time I drink alcohol, the next few days I have a lot more panic, and am much more depressed. Good information, Sarah!

And good work. Very good work!



4 thoughts on “Gettin’ ‘er done

  1. Frank Norton

    San Francisco in the 80s …..? I am a 6th generation San Franciscan. The 80s was not the best of times in San Francisco. By then many of the great places I have enjoyed there in my youth were gone, to be replaced with department stores and housing. Traffic on the sidewalks and streets were really bad, as had become the schools.

    The 50s were the best times for me and my wife Loretta. Regarding the weather , and the Frisco Fog, that lasted thru most of the summer, there were also the rainy days. In San Francisco with its seven hills, it has different weather climates in the different sections of the city. I remember in my youth, walking down my front stars to bright sunny blue sky , with a wall of rain coming down on the sidewalk across the street.

    San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the USA. The temperate climate makes it the city of choice for the people that can afford it. Never too hot or to cold, but mostly just right. Glad that you were able to visit here and walk up and down the Mosaic steps. Did you walk or drive down the crookest street in San Francisco ? It is so popular that the city is planning to charge people to walk or drive up and down it.

  2. Frank Norton


    The biggest thing going forward is preparing to be a super ager , a person that is able to live to be an octogenarian …. Super agers and persons over 80 years old, with sound mind and health. Super agers have less brain shrinkage , lower gray matter loss , and their white matter being able to replace gray matter functions . In this respect, exercise helps, as does maintaining connections with family and friends , and other forms of social contact.

    In maintaining body functions, stem cells are tied to regeneration qualities and are tied to different organs … and by the age of 60-70 years , are down to 10 to 15 percent one is born with.

    By protecting the body against toxins when we are young , will allow the body to grow into an octogenarian like my self. Few people today seem to be able to do this, as most of the school classmates we went to school with , are gone, as are many of our younger friends.


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