Category Archives: Events

Matthew’s 20th birthday party

Today was Matthew’s big birthday blow-out.  About 20 guests were greeted at the door by Oma and ordered to take their shoes off (the light carpeting, you see) before being served appetizers.  I decided to produce a number of dips … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Matthew!

It was 20 years ago today…. Matthew Valencia was born at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City in 1987.  He was one day old in these photos.  To the left he is touching a little stuffed animal that … Continue reading

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The funeral

If we are told as kids that we have to go through a morning like this in the distant future we wouldn’t believe it and, even if we did, we wouldn’t be able to grasp it.  Thank God, since this … Continue reading

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My father died today

My father, Frank Jerome Valencia, passed away early this morning at the age of 69.

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They need to tell you about this kind of day in advance

My father is in a coma and I spent the day glued to his bedside in a reclining chair with a string of Christmas lights on over his bed.  He loves Christmas lights.  The nursing supervisor, who is very nice, … Continue reading

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Poppy’s last birthday

This started out to be a very sad day.  It is my dad’s 69th birthday, and he was not feeling well —  significantly weak and down in the dumps until about 2 p.m., when he perked up and suggested we … Continue reading

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2006 Binghamton Balloon Rally & Spiedie Fest

Today we went to the Binghamton Balloon Rally and Spiedie Fest in Otsiningo Park.  The balloon part was last night, actually, and all we saw of that was the traffic jam it caused on Front Street on the way back … Continue reading

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BBQ in El Cerrito

We made an all-American BBQ today with hot dogs and coleslaw, which is what Jon and Matt were craving.  We bought the good hot dogs — the ones with a natural casing that snap when you bite into them.   Be … Continue reading

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Tom’s 40th birthday

My friend Marq, an always-vegan, threw a surprise party for his partner, Tom, a mostly-vegetarian, often-vegan, where vegan food was served. Including the cake. Now, as many of my friends know, I like to eat what grows in the earth and have … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day, Married-style

This is what I have planned for V-day this year:  surf & turf.  I’m not sure how I’ll prepare the lobster tails — most likely some sauté pan action and then butter and lemon.  The oh-so-flavorful ribeyes will be done … Continue reading

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