Monday, July 02, 2018


PERSONAL NEWS #280
June 3rd, I visited a good friend of mine up in Westchester County for the afternoon.  We visited our old hometown to catch up on memories.  Brunch, exchange Christmas gifties, cemetery tour, visited a museum, and run into old acquaintances.

June 4th, after work, I had a much-needed appt with my chiropractor for my lower back.

June 5th, after work, I had a one-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back and neck.

June 6th, after work, I had a dental appt for partial prep work and one cavity fix.

June 7th, after work, I did some shopping at TJ Max and then visited a friend at Broadway theatre where she works.

June 8th, after work, I invited two local SGI Buddhist friends over to my apt for an hour of chanting and discussion.  It was fun, interesting and informative.

June 9th, after my massage therapy session, I headed to the annual Brooklyn Pride event, and volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace tabling.  It was a warm day and our team chatted with many individuals.

June 10th, I joined a friend of mine for an outing to the Bronx Zoo, and afterwards a delicious late lunch at the Italian restaurant called Carlo’s in Yonkers.  Best marinara sauce I have ever had in years with penne pasta.

June 11th, after work, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising meeting, and it was productive.

June 12th, after work, I had a one-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back, neck and legs.

June 13th, before heading into work, I had a dental appt for the final phase of partials.  Next week is the last visit.  After work, I had a delicious dinner at The Jungle Café in my hood.

June 15th, I had lunch with a friend in the Wall Street area, and after work, I got a much-needed manicure.

June 16th, I head up to Westchester County, via Metro North, for a delightful afternoon visit with a friend I had not seen in several years.  We had a delicious Asian lunch at Wild Fusion and then hung out at her home on the back deck.  Back in Manhattan, I went to B&N to purchase several DVDs … Foyle’s War box set, The Greatest Showman and Black Panther.

June 19th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt, and needed it for full body.

June 21st, I took a late lunch hour for my second to last dental appt and finally got the partials input.

June 22nd, during my lunch hour, a co-worker assisted me in purchasing a new cellphone and setting it up.  After work, I headed uptown to the Integral Yoga Institute on West 13th Street about taking classes.

June 23rd, after my housekeeper took care of my apt, I completed several errands before heading into Manhattan to see the Avengers: Infinity War film with a friend, and then dinner at Theatre Row diner.

June 24th, during the afternoon I volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace at their table during the annual Smith Street Fair.

June 26th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back, neck and legs.

June 27th, after work, I had my last dental appt, from the ongoing work over 2.5 years.  I will not have to go again until October for a cleaning and follow-up.

June 28th, after work, I attended a delightful fundraiser for Brooklyn for Peace at a member’s home and the guest speaker was the Honorable Liz Holtzman.  Ms. Holtzman talked about the Watergate scandal, Nixon’s impeachment and correlations of that era to the present situation in DC.

June 29th, after work, I attended a reading event at the Oasis Gardens, were a friend of mine was one of the featured authors.

June 30th, after doing several errands, and getting a much-needed manicure, I headed into Manhattan to dine at Royal Siam with several friends.  Afterwards, I did some shopping at WholeFoods.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bronx Zoo
 Sunday, June 10th




Friday, June 01, 2018

 Visiting the Parents
Upstate NY
Memorial Day Weekend





PERSONAL NEWS #279
May 1st, after work, I head up to the SGI culture center on 15th Street to participate in the evening gongyo.

May 3rd, after work, I attended the productive and informative monthly BFP board meeting at The Commons.

May 4th, after work, I had dinner with a friend who is visiting from VA for a few days, and we had a delicious dinner, with diverse conversation, at the PeaceFood Café off University Place.

May 5th, I volunteered with a few other BFP board members in tabling outside of Foodtown in Brooklyn from 11am to 1pm.  Weather was okay and we engaged folk in diverse topics of discussion.  Back home I took care of chores before heading into the city for a friend’s 50th birthday dinner party at “PIE by the Pound”.  We all had a fun time!

May 6th, I joined two friends of mine for a delicious brunch at Galaxy diner on 9th Avenue before heading to the theatre to see LOBBY HERO.  It was my second time in seeing Chris Evans in this play.  [Photo below of me with Evans poster.]  Much improvement since I saw it in previews.  Afterwards my friends and I tried to get his autograph.  The other “younger” fans were crazy and he only signed a few playbills before heading off in a car.  Still, seeing him up close was a treat for me.  Then I headed to the cinema to see “Avengers – Infinity War” with another friend.  My second time and his first.  The film was even better the second time around.


May 8th, after work, I attended the monthly productive BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

May 9th, after work, I had a dental appt for partials prep work.

May 11th, had lunch with a friend, and after work, I visited the SGI cultural center on 15th Street.

May 12th, after my housekeeper took care of my apt, I did several errands and chores.

May 14th, after work, I stopped by B&N in Union Square to make purchases, and then visited the SGI cultural center on 15th Street.

May 15th, after work, I had a much needed session / treatment with my acupuncturist in Chinatown.

May 19th, I got up around 6:45am to watch the Royal Wedding on telly in the UK.  Later in the day, I got a much-needed pedicure in my hood, along with doing some errands.

May 20th, I did volunteering [1-5pm] with other BFP members at the annual 5th Avenue street faire in Park Slope.  We had our table out with the Penny Poll, buttons and several flyers.  Afterwards, I headed into Manhattan to have dinner with a friend at the Thai restaurant called SongKran.

May 21st, after work, I attended the SGI “Sophia’s Group” Buddhist chanting/meeting in my hood at a members nice apt.

May 22nd, after work, I attended a “thank you” event for an ex-BFP employee.  It was held at a delightful Italian place on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn.

May 23rd, after work, I had a dental appt for cavity work.

May 25th to 28th, I visited the parents over a productive Memorial Day holiday weekend in upstate NY.  Busy with errands, chores, breakfast out, hair salon, interview a home health aide, etc.

May 29th, after work, I had a one-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back and neck.

May 31st, after work, I did volunteer work at WCW office on their computer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Close friends and colleagues gathered at Amorina Pizzeria on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn last night. We were there to say thank you to Melissa, who since 2011, served as Brooklyn For Peace's full-time staff person and later its Program Director.
As such she helped keep our peace organization functioning smoothly and performed every task conceivable—organizing Peace Fairs and our annual fundraisers (Pathmakers To Peace). She kept our membership database current (no easy task), kept the office stocked, ran off tens of thousands of flyers to be used in various street corner mobilizations and at street fairs, liaisoned with myriad other organizations, produced peace and justice buttons, chaired forums....the list goes on and on. It's sufficient to say that all of that and more could not have been done fully or successfully without Melissa's hands on the levers of organization. As such, she helped keep our organization and movement alive and growing.
Thank you, Melissa. We wish you the best and know that you are going to greater things in your life, wherever your path may lead.
Brooklyn For Peace
We Say Thank You To Melissa
May 22, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018


REFLECTIVE NOTE:  Over the years, for me, milestone birthdays bring about serious, thought provoking reflection.  What have I accomplished and what can I bring about down the road.  Back when I was touching on my 50th birthday, I was excited about it, and would proudly say I am “half a century”.

I remember my paternal grandfather [i.e.: Poppy] saying to me on my 25th birthday, “what have you done with your life”.  At the time, I thought moving to NYC was a big deal.  [I’ve lived in NYC for 35 years.]  Poppy thought otherwise.  He never said much, but when he did it was heart felt and thought provoking.  Because of Poppy’s “question”, I said “self, time to do some traveling and other things”.  In my 40s I became more politically / peace aware and involved in activism.  During my 50th birthday milestone, I wished Poppy was there [damn my eyes / stop tearing up], so I could say “because of your question to me, look what I’ve done with my life”.

I am 5 months away from my 60th and I am reflecting again on Poppy’s question.  Okay self, we are not done, there is so much more to do in life.  Age and health will not deter me.  I’ve always wanted to take assorted college courses and now I’ll be seriously looking into it.  Check out and participate in more Meetup.com events, meet new people, gratitude to my parents / friends, plus be more involved with charities / volunteering.  Kick in with more traveling to different states, cities and countries.

This past winter into early spring wasn’t easy for me mentally and emotionally.  Not looking for sympathy my dear friends … I am just stating facts.  With my reflections this morning, while doing yoga, I need to turn over a new leaf and kick my butt into gear.  It may take time, but dammit, I’ll get there.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 More fun photos
with the Chris Evans poster
Sunday, May 6th
Helen Hayes theatre

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Went to see at the Hayes Theater for the second time in two months. I really enjoyed it with my friends and I was impressed by the "improved" performance by Chris Evans. Stood 2 feet away from him after the play as he quickly signed autographs.

Monday, April 30, 2018


PERSONAL NEWS #278
April 2nd, woke up to another mini snowstorm in northern Brooklyn.  Were for art thou oh Spring?  After 9 months at my job, I received a favorable review from my boss, and a nice raise in salary.

April 5th, after work, I attended the monthly productive BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

April 6th, after work, my yoga instructor stopped by with his work ladder for me to utilize while I paint my bedroom over the weekend.

April 7th, after my much needed massage therapy appt, my yoga instructor stopped by apt to help move furniture out of bedroom, so I could prep/paint it.  Also went to the cleaners and grocery shopping.  Finished painting the bedroom a nice shade of baby blue around midnight.  After cleaning up, I went to bed at 1:30am.

April 8th, after attending the SGI Buddhist district chanting/studying session, I did laundry, more cleaning up of apt, and my yoga instructor helped me put the furniture back.  Got much accomplished over the weekend, but it was exhausting work.

April 9th, after work, I got a much-needed manicure in my hood.

April 10th, after work, I headed uptown to the theater district area, to purchase tickets for me and two friends to see LOBBY HERO starring Chris Evans.

April 11th, I attended the all-day Fred Pryor seminar for training in being an exceptional assistant.  Afterwards, I headed downtown to the office to catch up on work.

April 12th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.

April 14th, after my housekeeper took care of my apt; I went to my massage therapy appt.  Later I joined friends and acquaintances at Franklin820 bar / restaurant for a fun meetup. Afterwards, we headed over to Blue Marble ice cream parlor on Underhill Road before the weather got chilly. It was great hanging out with Nancy, Margaret, Irvin, Diana, Jonathan and others.

April 15th, after purchasing a new mattress at a place in my hood, I headed to The Jungle Café for a late delicious lunch.  Then I did abit of shopping across the street at The Thing, which is a thrift shop.  Purchased two books and a DVD for $8.

April 16th, after work, I rushed home to accept the delivery of my new firm mattress I had purchased over the weekend at a good sale price.

April 17th, after work, I head up to the SGI culture center on 15th Street to participate in the evening gongyo.

April 19th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.

April 21st, I volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace [ie: tabling] outside of a Foodtown store in the Prospect Heights hood from 11am to 1pm.  Gorgeous sunny spring day and great doing peace/political activism.  Afterwards, I strolled over to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for 2 hours, and it was lovely.  Before heading home, I purchased some books on decorating from a vendor outside of the Brooklyn Museum and called a friend.

April 22nd, enjoyed another lovely, sunny spring day and walked around different parts of my hood.  Stopped for a delicious late lunch at The Jungle Café before heading home.

April 25th, today is Administrative Assistant Day, and I received a “thank you” balloon, flowers and small giftie from my boss.  Lovely surprise J   After work, I had a dental appt for a cleaning.  Then I headed to The Commons on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to view the HBO documentary called “Mann vs. Ford”.  It was an interesting and informative film, followed by a Q&A.

April 27th, after work, I went to see “Avengers – Infinity War” at the cinema. Wow, it was filled with action, humor, sadness and last 20 minutes were numbing.

April 28th, after taking care of assorted errands / chores I got a much-needed manicure.

April 29th, I joined some friends at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the annual Sakura Matsuri festival.  Enjoyable!  Gardens were lovely!  And always fun chillin with good friends.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

 Sakura Matsuri Event
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
April 29th

Thursday, April 26, 2018

 Spring has Arrived to NYC
Weekend of April 21st


Wednesday, April 25th
Administrative Assistants Day
Lovely Flowers from my Boss

Monday, April 02, 2018

 Northern Brooklyn
Morning of April 2nd
Were for art thou oh Spring?!?


PERSONAL NEWS #277
March 1st, after work, went up to Port Authority to change my bus ticket from tomorrow to next week.  Then home to jump on the monthly BFP Fundraising conference call.

March 2nd, took a sick day from work, as my lung situation was acting up, and the weather was nasty outside with a Nor’easter.

March 3rd, after my private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice, I took care of many errands/chores

March 4thI saw the Broadway play Lobby Hero with a friend this afternoon [Thx for the ticket and enjoyed lunch at Cara Mia!] at the Helen Hayes Theater. It was an interesting play. Chris Evans is making his Broadway debut and did nicely in the role. [Photo below] The play is still in previews with “opening night” on March 26.  I recommend seeing it.


March 5th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.

March 7th, we had a “snow day” from work due to the inclement weather.

March 9th to 12th, urgent visit to upstate NY for my parents.  Mom was in the hospital and required a pacemaker implant.  Dad is still in rehab and his progress is slow.  Did many errands / chores while visiting them every day for hours at the hospital / rehab.  Weather was on and off light snow flurries.

March 14th, after work, I had an appt with my Internal Medicine doctor as a follow-up.

March 15th, during my lunch break I had an appt with my foot doctor.

March 16th, after work, I did volunteer computer work at the WCW office.

March 17th, after my cleaning lady took care of my apt; I took care of numerous chores and errands.

March 18th, after a much-needed manicure, I headed into the city for dinner with a friend.  Before meeting my friend for dinner, I stopped by B&N to pick up two DVDs and some books.

March 19th, after work, I had an appt with my lung specialist and will be on new meds.

March 21st, we had a “snow day” from work due to the inclement weather.  This was Nor’easter #4 and it dumped about 8 inches of snow on northern Brooklyn.  Watched some DVDs while chillin at home … “Thor – Ragnarok” and “Loving Vincent”.  Both were excellent films and the latter about my favorite painter, Vincent van Gogh.

March 22nd, after work, I joined up with some HP friends at Salvation Tacos on East 39th Street for dinner, plus catching up news and gossip.  It was a fun evening and got home abit late.

March 23rd, at the office, we had a terrific visit from the secretary I replaced last year. Marianne visited from FL with her two daughters and it was great seeing them.

March 25th, I attended Tolkien Reading Day at Simple Studios and afterwards a group of us went to SongKran for a tasty Thai meal.  I read one of my fav poems [below] from The Two Towers at the gathering.

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harp string, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

March 28th, after work, I had a dental appt for prep work on two partials, plus letting me know I will need work done for three cavities.  From there I headed to the productive and interesting monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting at The Commons.

March 29th, I had lunch with a friend to catch up on gossip, and after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot.

March 30th to April 1st … visited the parents in upstate NY over the Easter weekend.  Did many errands and chores for them, plus took them out for breakfast at their favorite place.  I also got a much needed hair treatment at the salon.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

One of my fav poems from JRR Tolkien's The Two Towers that I read
earlier today at Tolkien Reading Day at Simple Studios

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yvette and I
visiting DUMBO
Brooklyn
Mid-February

Nor'easter #4 on March 21st
Photo edited with Waterlogue by Tinpocket

On March 4th I saw
Michael Cera and Chris Evans
in the Broadway play
"Lobby Hero"

Thursday, March 01, 2018

 Chillin at the Office


PERSONAL NEWS #276
Feb 1st, during my lunch hour, I had an appt with my foot doctor.  After work, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

Feb 3rd, I had a much needed massage therapy session for my back.  Afterwards, I took care of several errands / chores.

Feb 4th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.  That afternoon into evening I joined friends in seeing the film “The Greatest Showman”.  It was very entertaining and Hugh Jackman doesn’t disappoint.  Afterwards, we had a delicious dinner at The Turkish Cuisine on 9th Avenue.

Feb 5th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot

Feb 7th, after work, I had a dental appt for beginning prep work on partials.

Feb 8th, after work, I participated in the BFP Fundraising committee conference call.

Feb 9th, I attended and participated in an all-day event for work out in Long Island City.

Feb 10th, I volunteered at a BFP phone banking session to raise funds for the organization.  Afterwards, I went shopping at Trader Joe’s and Michaels, then home to take care of chores/errands.

Feb 11th, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

Feb 12th, after work, I visited a good friend of mine who has been doing my taxes for 20 years.  While doing my taxes, I treated him to Chinese dinner, which didn’t help our spirits much, as the taxes for 2017 were difficult.  We’ll finish them up later and looks like I will owe IRS some money.

Feb 17th, I met up with a friend of mine, and we visited the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo for lunch / photo adventures.  Weather started out sunny, and then got cloudy and cold.  We enjoyed a ride on Jane’s Carousel near the waterfront, walked around the cobbled streets, took lots of photos and had lunch at a Japanese place called Miso.  Back in my hood I picked up a framed print at Imagic Studio and then home to relax.

Feb 19th, after my private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice, I headed into Manhattan for a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.  Then it was uptown to meet a friend and go see the amazing film “Black Panther”.  We both loved it!  Brilliant movie!

Feb 21st, after work, I had a dental appt for beginning prep work on partials.

Feb 22nd, I had lunch with a friend, and after work, attended a BFP event regarding Yemen at The Commons.

Feb 23rd to 25th, I visited the parents in upstate NY, and assisted them with many chores and errands.  They are both in unpleasant health and it saddens me to see this.  I also got my hair done at a local salon.  Upon arriving home around 9pm, I learned that both my parents were taken to the hospital, and admitted as they had the Flu.

Feb 26th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.

Feb 28th, after work, I attended the informative and interesting monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting at The Commons in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 Xmas Day until End of January


 Vermeer Painting / National Gallery


 Van Gogh by Waterlogue / Tinpocket


PERSONAL NEWS #275
January 3rd, I had a dental appt after work, and the final four permanent crowns were put in place.  3 to 4 more visits to do the partials and then I am done  J

January 4th, the office was closed due to the snowstorm.  I enjoyed afternoon tea with my friend Gail a 2pm.  We exchanged gifties and drank tea at my humble apt.  In the evening, I jumped on an SGI Kent District Planning conference call for the upcoming month.

January 7th, got a much needed manicure, plus did some errands / chores.

January 10th, after work, I attended the monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting at the office on Atlantic Avenue.

January 11th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot and then head into Brooklyn for the productive monthly BFP board members meeting.

January 12th, after work, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

January 13th to 15th, visited with friends in DC / VA for the MLK holiday weekend.  I visited the National Gallery, SGI Community Cultural Center, and old town section of Alexandria VA, dined out quite abit, shopping and a MLK Day event.

January 18th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot, and then car service home to jump on the productive BFP Fundraising committee conference call.

January 20th, after my cleaning lady finished taking care of my apt, I attended an SGI district discussion meeting / chanting in my hood.

January 21st, after my private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice, I took care of many errands / chores.

January 22nd, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot

January 24th, I had lunch with an acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in several years.  It was fun catching up with Judy over tasty Moroccan Lentil soup.  After work, I attended the Williamsburg Intro meeting at the SGI Center on 15th Street.

January 26th to 28th, visited the parents in upstate NY over the weekend, due to Mom having health issues.  Took care of many chores, errands and we dined out for breakfast twice with friends.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 Enjoyed a mini Staycation
at the Box House hotel
Northern Brooklyn
December 2017



 Looking down the
hallway at 2am

Monday, January 01, 2018

View of the Chrysler Bldg
from balcony at Box House Hotel

PERSONAL NEWS #274
Dec 2nd, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt, and in the afternoon, took care of errands / chores.  Plus, I finished my holiday decorating in the apt.

Dec 3rd, I attended the annual holiday luncheon gathering hosted by friends [ie: Joe & Marie] out in Queens at an Italian restaurant. Great time was had by all at this gathering. I got to see friends whom I haven’t seen for quite some time. Diverse topics of conversation were on tap, as well as much laughter.

Dec 5th, worked late again at the office and missed out on the Slow Gongyo session at the SGI center.

Dec 6th, I had lunch with a friend from HP TGTSNBN near work. He’s moving to a new apt in Astoria sometime in January.

Dec 8th, after work, I joined some friends for dinner, and then we strolled over to Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and St Patrick’s Cathedral to see all the holiday lights. It was crowded, but very enjoyable.

Dec 9th, NYC had the first official snowfall of about 4 inches, and it was lovely to watch. Also, after a few errands, I picked up framed items from Imagic Studio for the parents.

Dec 10th, I joined my friend Margaret and her Mom around 5pm to attend the Downton Abbey exhibit on West 57th Street. It was 2.5 wonderful hours in viewing items from the hit TV show. I made several purchases from the gift shop.

Dec 13th, after work, I had an appt with my internal medicine doctor. It went very well.

Dec 15th, our office had its holiday event in the afternoon at the Bowlmar Lanes in midtown. It was 2.5 hours of fun and food.

Dec 16th, while my cleaning lady took care of my apt, I took care of several errands and chores. Afterwards, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt and I gave him some Rumballs. From there I headed over to Bushwick for a 2-hour SGI Buddhist meeting/chanting at a very nice lady’s apt. Inspiring meeting and met several new people. I then got a much-needed manicure before doing some shopping for my upcoming holiday gathering.

Dec 17th, I hosted a holiday dinner gathering at my apt and several good friends came to enjoy. We started around 4pm and finished at 10pm. I had the food catered from The Jungle Café, and as always, it was all so delicious. A good time was had by all and diverse conversation too.

Dec 18th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with my therapist for my ankle / foot.

Dec 20th, after work, I did volunteering at the WCW office uptown. I assisted the staff with computer work.

Dec 21st, today at the office, we held two different board meetings, and then the holiday gathering at Rocco’s Steakhouse on Madison Avenue. All the events went very well.

Dec 22nd to 24th, I headed up to the parents for the holiday weekend. There was some snowfall on Friday afternoon, but with my Jeep Cherokee 4-wheel drive rental, I was able to handle it. I took care of chores, errands, hair salon appt, breakfast at Benson’s, and exchanging gifties. Due to the forecast snowstorm for Xmas Day, I headed back to NYC on Xmas Eve.

Dec 26th, I had lunch with Mike from Locker Associates to discuss black car business.

Dec 27th, after work, I joined my friend TJ to see the Doctor Who Xmas special at the cinema.

Dec 28th, I have a vacation day from work, and utilized it for two appts.  Saw a new foot doctor, as my previous doctor retired, and still dealing with issues of three toes.  Afterwards, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle / foot.  Then headed back to my neighborhood for my mini “staycation” at the Box House hotel for one night.  The room was on the top floor with a small balcony and a view of Manhattan.  The king size bed was very comfy, large bathroom and a big flat screen with cable TV.  Had a relaxing, enjoyable time.

Dec 29th, I had another vacation day from work.  I headed into Manhattan to go out to lunch with a high school friend of mine.  We went down to Grammercy Park and had a leisurely lunch at a sushi place on Irving Place.  After dropping Carla off at GCS, I did some shopping, then a light dinner at a diner before meeting Wendy at the theater.  I volunteered as usherette for the play “The Children”.

Dec 30th, after a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt, I took care of many errands, and then head into Manhattan.  My friend Margaret and I went to the movies to see “The Last Jedi”, which we both enjoyed.